How long does it take to process a Canada eTA?

When you submit your Canada eTA it can be just a matter of minutes for your application to get processed and approved. However, it can take longer so you are advised to expect it to take 72 hours when you are making your travel plans. Therefore, you should submit your application at least 72 hours before your flight is scheduled to depart.
Usually a Canada eTA application is processed quickly but sometimes it can be delayed, so it is really important that you fill in the form carefully to prevent any mistakes that can lead to your application being delayed or even declined. You may need to re-submit an application if you make an error – you can check which details can be updated in our FAQs.