All applicants travelling to Canada by air must obtain an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA). The visa is issued electronically, with no stamp or label added to your passport, and is generally valid for multiple entries over a period of five years.
An ETA is required whether you intend to visit Canada OR transit through a Canadian airport. However, you do not require a visa if you plan to drive or arrive by train, bus, or boat. In that instance, you will only need your passport and any other relevant travel documents.
Travellers are advised to apply for an ETA before booking flights to Canada, rather than waiting until the last minute. While most applications are approved within a few hours, some can take several days to process.
The visa application fee is fixed in Canadian dollars but payable in British pounds. The exact sum may therefore vary due to currency fluctuation.
Please note, you can only apply for one person at a time. For example, for a family of four, you will need to complete and submit the form four times.
If you hold dual Canadian citizenship and have a Canadian passport, you do not require a visa. You must carry the Canadian passport with you in order to board a flight to Canada, even if you are travelling on a passport issued by another country. Please click here if you require further information.
The embassy reserves the right to request additional documents in support of your visa application, and to alter or increase fees without prior notice.
No refund will be given if your visa is cancelled or rejected by the immigration authorities.