What is an eTA Canada (Electronic Travel Authorization)?

ETA is the electronic authorisation for travel to Canada without the need for a visa. An eTA involves an online form being completed, serving as an enhancement of travel security for travellers entering the border for countries that are listed as visa-exempt. Applicants must provide personal details, passport details and answer questions regarding criminal convictions and medical history.
Applying for an eTA is easy and straightforward and can be completed in just minutes. The processing of the application is usually very quick but it is recommended that the application is submitted well in advance of travel, in case of any delays with the processing.
If your application is accepted, you will be able to travel to Canada without a visa, using the eTA, which is electronically linked to your passport. The eTA gives you authorisation to enter Canada for business, travel or transit purposes, as long as your stay is no longer than six months.
The eTA will remain valid for five years, or until your passport expires, whichever is the sooner. Within that period, you are able to make numerous trips to Canada using the same eTA whilst it is valid and providing the trips are no longer than six months. If you have an existing eTA, you should always check the status before you attempt to fly to Canada.
Also, if you have had any changes to circumstances that were included in your initial eTA application, it may have become invalid and you may need to apply for a new one. If you have had a new passport since you applied for your last eTA, you will need to apply for eTA again.