Apply for Canada eTA before booking itinerary?

Published on: Oct 07, 2019 | Tags: Canada eTA Application Time, Canada eTA Questions


Eligible travellers can apply for a Canadian eTA at any point prior to their departure. Applicants are advised to allow at least 72 hours for their eTA to be processed.

Apply for Canada eTA before booking itinerary?
Apply for Canada eTA before booking itinerary?

Can I apply for an eTA before booking accommodation in Canada?

Yes, applicants wishing to use the eTA to fly Canada are not required to book accommodation prior to entering Canada nor is any accommodation information required to submit an eTA application.

Can I apply for an eTA before booking a flight to Canada?

Yes, booking a flight is not required to apply for an eTA. An eTA is also not required if you rare arriving to Canada by sea or by land.

Do I need an eTA if driving to Canada?

No, an eTA is not required if arriving to Canada by land. This includes private transport such as rented or personal vehicles, or public transport such as buses or trains.

Do I need to know an exact date of when I will be arriving in Canada?

No, although the eTA application form requests travellers to provide information on their arrival dates and times into Canada, the information is not required to submit an application. Furthermore, not having this information will not adversely impact an eTA application.


The Canada eTA provides travellers with a flexible travel authorization that is valid for five years upon issuance, and can be obtained without the need of booking flight or accommodation prior to submitting an eTA application.

Get started on your eTA application

If you hold a passport from a country that is eligible for the Canada eTA such as the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, or many other eTA eligible countries, you will need to obtain an approved eTA before your tourism, business or medical visit to Canada. Get started on your application, otherwise, visit the eTA requirements to learn more about the Canada eTA

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