The eTA form is intended for passengers travelling to Canada by air. With one form, an eTA Canada application can be submitted for several people at the same time. You can fill in a form for yourself, for someone else or for a group of travellers at the same time.
Why fill in an eTA form?
Filling out an eTA form is an important part of your travel preparations. The form should be filled in for travellers entering Canada by air for a holiday or transfer, or to work or study there. Only those who have a Canada visa, or a Canadian or American nationality, do not need to fill out an eTA form.
Have you completed the eTA form? Then your application will be processed by Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The IRCC will assess whether the travellers who have filled in the form pose a security risk. Is everything in order? Then each traveller will receive an eTA Canada. This allows for an unlimited number of flights to Canada, within the validity period of up to five years.
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Where can I find the form?
You can apply for the eTA Canada by filling in the online form and submitting it via this website.
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Explanation for filling in the eTA form
Filling out an eTA form for your trip to Canada does not have to take long. On average, it takes about ten minutes per traveller. The eTA form can be viewed in multiple languages. It consists of the following parts:
- Your contact details
- Your travel details
- The passport details
- Some general information
- The employer information
- Some background questions
- The statement of agreement
You can easily apply for an eTA Canada for multiple travellers at the same time. You only need one form to do this. First fill in all the details of one of the travellers. Then click on the "Add a traveller" button at the bottom of the eTA form. Additional fields will appear. This allows you to apply for an eTA for the next traveller. Note that you do not need to fill in the contact and travel details again. Additionally, you only need to make a single payment for a group application. This will save you time and effort when applying as a group. The costs per person for a group application are the same as for individual applications.
Explanation in the eTA form
While you are applying for your eTA, you can view clear explanations of each question in the form. To do so, click on the input field. An explanation of that part of the eTA form will then appear on the right-hand side of the screen. Are you using a smartphone or tablet to fill in the eTA form? Press the question mark icon () to view the explanation.
Fill in your contact details
Would you like to apply for an eTA for yourself? Then fill in your own contact details at the top of the form. Would you like to apply for one or more travellers, but not for yourself? Fill in the contact details of one of these travellers. The contact details must apply to at least one of the travellers who are filling in the eTA form. This means that not all travellers need to live at the same address. However, all travellers must live in the same country. If this is not the case, fill in separate eTA forms. The eTA Canada also remains valid if a traveller moves after completing the form, but not if he or she moves to another country.
Fill in your travel details
The eTA Canada can be used for business trips, holidays, visits to friends or family and for making a transfer in Canada. However, you do not need to fill in the travel purpose in the application form. You do need to fill in an expected arrival date. The Canadian immigration service recommends that you apply for your eTA before you have booked your trip. As a result, you may not yet know when your arrival in Canada will take place. This is not a problem. You can make a rough estimate. The eTA remains valid if the actual date of arrival differs from the date entered.
The passport details per traveller
Make sure to enter the passport details very carefully in the eTA form. Did you make a typo here? Then it is possible that the eTA Canada is not valid. You will only find out about this at check-in, which can be very annoying. To prevent this, it is advisable to check all passport details carefully after you have entered them in to the form.
General information per traveller
This part of the eTA form asks for the marital status and possible second nationality of the traveller. You should also indicate whether the traveller has ever had the status of resident or citizen of Canada. Are you in doubt about this? If so, read the page about applying for an eTA for people who have at some point lived in Canada.
Finally, you are asked for the eTA number or UCI number of a previous trip to Canada. Do you suspect that the traveller in question has or had such a number, but cannot find it? Then you can answer this question with "No". The only risk you run with this is that the application may take a little longer to process.
Employer information per traveller
This part of the eTA form is only displayed for travellers over 18 years of age. Not every adult traveller has an employer. It is therefore also possible to fill in "unemployed", "housemother or housefather", "student" or "retired". Students do not need to fill in their employer details, even if they have a (side) job. Instead, the name and location of the educational institution must be filled in.
Are you self-employed? Then fill in the name with which your company is registered at the Chamber of Commerce. Do you have several companies or employers? Then fill in the details of your main source of income.
Background questions and the statement of agreement
The aim of the eTA Canada is to prevent travellers that may pose a risk from flying to Canada. Which travellers are excluded is explained in detail on the eTA Canada requirements page. Those who meet all the requirements can answer all background questions with "No".
Do you need to answer one or more questions with "Yes"? If so, you are not eligible for an eTA. However, you can apply for a Canada visa. Applying for a visa is more complicated, costly and time-consuming than filling in an eTA form.
Finally, all travellers must state they agree with the statement of agreement. This statement declares, among other things, that the form has been filled in completely and truthfully. If the Canadian immigration service discovers that the eTA form has been filled in incorrectly or incompletely, this may lead to a travel ban or deportation.