The Consulate General of Canada is urging travellers to use the official website to register for an electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA), after reports of ‘scam’ websites charging up to $122 for the application.
Starting March 15, 2016, Australian citizens visiting Canada require an electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) before flying to Canada, with the simple online application process costing just $7 CAD.
The initiative, introduced by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, requires Australian travellers, who do not require a visa to enter Canada, to apply online at canada.ca/eTA, providing basic personal information similar to what is currently collected when they arrive in Canada.
The simple application process, live since August 2015, is convenient and paperless, with most eTAs approved within minutes. In addition, the new eTA system means travellers to Canada can expect a faster service upon arrival at the border.
The eTA is electronically linked to the traveller’s passport and is valid for five years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first.
Last minute applications can be made on any device with an internet connection, including mobile phones. Most applicants can expect an email response within minutes of applying.
The eTA, designed to protect the integrity of Canada’s immigration system, costs just $7 Canadian per individual and will be valid for up to five years from the date of issue.