Documents required to enter Canada and how to apply for an eTA

If you want to visit Canada, it is important to be well informed about the documents required for entry into the country. In this guide we will see which are the documents required from the Spaniards to enter Canada both for tourism and business, both for study and work.

Documents required for entry into Canada

Spanish citizens do not need a visa to visit Canada, as long as their stay is less than six months and is for tourist or business reasons. Also, you need to be in possession of a passport valid for at least the duration of the stay. However, it is recommended that the expiry date of the document is at least six months beyond the expected departure date.

If you arrive by plane in Canada it is mandatory be in possession of the eTA (electronic Travel Authorization or electronic authorization) or a visa and passport valid. The eTA is issued by the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and is similar to the US ESTA.

If you come to Canada by land or by sea, for example by car from the United States or arriving by bus, train or ship, including cruise ships, it is not necessary to be in possession of the "electronic Travel Authorization" (eTA), but just a passport valid.

stays longer than 6 months or for entry into the country for study or work reasons it is necessary be in possession of a visa input.

How to apply for an eTA

The request for the eTA can be made exclusively Online only. To request "electronic Travel Authorization" you need to:

  • have a valid Spanish passport or passport issued by a country for which a visa is not required with expiry 6 months beyond the date you leave the country
  • have a valid e-mail address
  • have a credit, debit or prepaid card (e.g. Visa, Mastercard, American Express) to pay Canadian $ 7 (non-refundable) expenses
  • go to the Canadian official website
  • fill in the requested data
  • make a payment of 7 Canadian dollars with one of the accepted cards

Most of the requests come approved within minutes. If additional documents are required within 72 hours, an email will be sent to you with the documents to be added to the request.

The eTA application and the related payment must be made one person at a time, even for children.

It's important print the receipt immediately upon receipt. It is not possible to request a copy or reprint it later.

Il cost for the eTA application it is only 7 Canadian dollars (4,5 euros) and is valid for five years or until the expiry of the passport declared during the eTA application. The cost, in case of refusal of the application, is not refundable.

Apply for the "electronic Travel Authorization" eTA

How to apply for a visa for Canada

To work or study in Canada you must have a work or study permit from the relevant Canadian authorities or a visa issued by the Embassy of Canada or the Consulate of Canada.

I Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) o Temporary residence visas are granted for various reasons, for example: tourism, work, study, but also for simple transit. Yes they can apply online or by going in person to the visa office of the Canadian embassy:

Canadian Embassy
Via Zara, 30
00198 Rome
Telephone 06-85444

Before leaving and embarking on a vacation or a trip to Canada, it is advisable to inquire on the site Safe traveling. For up-to-date information on the documents required for entry into Canada, it is advisable to contact the Canadian embassies and consulates in Spain or the official Canadian website:

Canadian Embassy - Address: Via Salaria, 243 - 00199 Rome (RM)

Section Consular Embassy of Canada - Address: Via Zara, 30 - 00198 Rome (RM)

Consulate of Canada - Address: Piazza Cavour, 3 - 20121 Milan (MI)

The information in the article may be incorrect or up to date. It is advisable to check with the Canadian Embassy or the Consulate General of Canada the necessary and valid documents for entry into the country for various different reasons.

Documents required to enter Canada and how to apply for an eTA

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