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Anyone who wishes to visit Canada for a temporary stay for tourism, studying a short term course (less than 6 months), short term work assignment or visit relatives and family will either require a Canada a temporary resident visa otherwise called a visitor visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) before they can legally enter Canada.
The requirement for a TRV also applies to temporary residents who are transiting in Canada.
This requirement depends on your country of residency. If you do not require a visa to enter Canada, you may require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).
Electronic Travel Authorization:
If you are from one of the countries which do not require a TRV to visit Canada, then you may have to receive a Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). You must check if you need an eTA before arriving to Canada.
According to the new entry requirements, visa-exempt foreign nationals who come to Canada or transit through a Canadian airport, need an eTA. U.S. citizens and people with a valid Canadian visa, Canadian citizens or permanent residents do not require an eTA. eTA is only required if flying in, visa exempt travellers do not need an eTA if they are entering Canada via land or sea.
The fee for an eTA application is CAD $7, and according to their official website, most applications are approved within minutes of applying. You may need to submit documents before your application can be approved. If this happens to you, an email will be sent with instructions within 72 hours.
An eTA can be valid for about five years or earlier if your passport expires. With a valid eTA you can travel to Canada as often as you want for short stays which is normally six months at a stretch.