Estonian citizens who wish to travel to Canada for shorter periods of time for either leisure, family visit, business conferences or meetings, medical treatments, or transit on the way to their final destination, are eligible to apply for a Canadian Electronic Travel Authorization, commonly known as eTA.
Canada eTA was introduced in 2015 to a total of 60 nations. The purpose of the new system is to help authorities process the entry of foreign nationals to the country more efficiently. It has resulted in significantly shorter queues at the border and generally a more pleasant travel experience for visitors.
Do Estonian Citizens Need a Visa for Canada?
Several different visa types are available for traveling to Canada, for example, tourist visas, work permits and transit authorizations.
There are a few Canada visa requirements for Estonian citizens who are thinking about applying for a travel permit of this sort. A visa to Canada from Estonia is required for:
- Estonian nationals who travel to Canada in order to study, work, or reside in the country
- Travelers who intend to visit Canada for more than 90 days, no matter the purpose of the stay
- Estonian passport holders whose application for a Canadian eTA was refused
- Citizens without an electronic, machine-readable passport
Other Estonian nationals who fulfill visa-free travel requirements and are entering the country by air are eligible to apply for a Canadian eTA. Note that visitors who travel to Canada by land or sea, are not required to have an eTA.
eTA Required Documents for Estonian Citizens
To apply for an eTA Canada, Estonian Citizens must meet a number of eTA requirements:
- Applicants must have an Estonian passport, with a validity of 6 months or more from the date of entering the country.
- The eTA can only be obtained with an electronic passport.
- It is a requirement to be a citizen before applying for a Canada eTA for Estonian citizens. Travelers holding a passport or travel document with a different status, such as refugees, must apply for a Canada visitor visa since they are not eligible for an eTA.
- Since the eTA application is an entirely electronic process done on either tablet, desktop computer, or a mobile device, a good internet connection is a must.
- Applicants are required to have an active email address so that they can obtain their authorization to travel.
Note that there is no need to print out the authorization. The document is connected to the applicant’s passport number and stored electronically in the Canadian immigration system.
Lastly, Estonian applicants must have a valid debit or credit card that they will be asked to use for the eTA fee online payment.
The majority of applications are processed within only a few minutes. However, travelers are advised to apply for the eTA at least 72 hours before traveling, in case there are any delays or if they are asked to provide supplementary information.
How to Get a Canadian eTA From Estonia?
Candidates who are eligible for an eTA can access and complete the Canadian eTA application form from the main page of the Canada Online Visa website. They need to fill out the following personal and passport information in the form:
- Full name, as it is written in the passport
- Place of birth
- Date of birth
- Nationality, that needs to be the same as the country of the passport
- Contact information, including home address, phone number, and email address
- Passport country
- Passport number
- Passport issue date
- Passport expiry date
In addition, all applicants have to answer health- and security-related questions before they can proceed with the payment of the Canadian eTA fee and submit the form.
It is important that all the provided information is correct to the best of the applicant’s knowledge. Any errors may entail delays in the authorization process.
Please note that minors under the age of 18 need parents or guardians to apply for an eTA on their behalf.
Canadian eTA has a total validity of 5 years and can be used for multiple entries with a maximum duration of 90 days each. On arrival to Canada, border officials will determine how long the Estonian eTA holder is allowed to remain in the country. The details will be indicated on the passport. Travelers who wish to extend their stay in the country must apply for a new eTA at least 30 days in advance.
Embassy of Estonia in Canada
Estonia has several official representations in Canada. The Estonian Embassy is located in the capital of Ottawa. In addition, there is a Consulate General in Toronto and consulates in Edmonton, Halifax, Vancouver, and Quebec.