In a move very similar to the USA’s ESTA programme, Canada has announced that from 1 August 2015, visitors from a large number of ‘friendly’ countries will be required to apply for, and pay for, permission to enter Canada. From 15 March, 2016 you won’t be able to board a plane to Canada without one.
Whilst, like the USA, Canada is charging for the service it is a little cheaper – CAD7 and lasts for 5 years – or until your passport expires whichever is the sooner.
I am lucky to have seen this as I am connecting back through Canada in the autumn to the UK from Tampa.
US Citizens do not need one.
Acquiring an eTA apparently gives travellers confidence that they have been pre-screened to come to Canada and will streamline their entry.
There is a fun little video here, which explains more.
Applications are not currently available it seems.
This is a list of who needs an eTA.
Foreign nationals from the following countries will need an eTA before boarding flights to Canada as of March 15, 2016:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- British citizen
- British overseas citizen who is re-admissible to the United Kingdom
- British overseas territory citizen who derives that citizenship through birth, descent, naturalization or registration in one of the British overseas territories of:
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Falkland Islands
- Pitcairn Island
- Saint Helena
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- Brunei Darussalam
- Czech Republic
- Federal Republic of Germany
- Republic of Korea
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- San Marino
- Solomon Islands
eTA required – foreign nationals with specific documents
The following foreign nationals will need an eTA before boarding flights to Canada as of March 15, 2016:
- Persons who have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence (United States Permanent Residents).
- Holder of a passport or travel document issued by the Holy See.
- Holder of a national Israeli passport.
- Holder of a passport issued by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.
- Holder of a passport issued by the United Kingdom to a British National (Overseas), as a person born, naturalized or registered in Hong Kong.
- Holder of a passport issued by the United Kingdom to a British Subject which contains the observation that the holder has the right of abode in the United Kingdom.
- Holder of an ordinary passport issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan that includes the personal identification number of the individual.