Canadian eTA for Japanese Citizens

Apply for an eTA

The Canadian eTA is only available to Japanese nationals who are entering Canada by air.

The electronic travel authorization, or eTA online, was introduced by the Canadian border control in 2015 as a more efficient way of screening foreigners and determining their right to enter the country before they travel.

This alternative system has helped authorities to process foreign nationals entering Canada more efficiently, leading to shorter queues at the border and a faster and more convenient travel experience for visitors.

Japan is one of fifty countries whose citizens are exempt from applying for a Canadian visa.  Japanese nationals can apply for the eTA to travel to the country for short-term stays.

What Do I Need to Enter Canada as a Japanese Citizen?

The Canada electronic travel authorization is only available to Japanese nationals who are entering Canada by air. Travelers arriving via land or sea cannot apply for an eTA, but may instead need identification and a visa or other travel documents.

The eTA for Japanese citizens is intended for visitors who are traveling to Canada for the purposes of:

  • Tourism, especially short tourist stays
  • Business trips
  • Transiting through Canada to their onward destination
  • Medical treatment or consultation

Japanese nationals in possession of the eTA are able to transit without a visa, providing that they are entering and leaving via a Canadian airport. Foreign nationals who do not qualify for the eTA are required to have a visa to enter and leave Canada.

Requirements for Japanese Citizens Visiting Canada

There are several requirements necessary in order to apply for the Canada eTA. All applicants must have:

  • A Japanese passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of travel
  • A valid credit or debit card to pay the fee
  • A current email address

The eTA is associated with the specific passport used in the application and cannot be transferred. Japanese citizens with dual citizenship must apply with a single passport and use it to travel to Canada.

Unlike a visa, applicants for the eTA are permitted to enter Canada multiple times within the five-year period. On arrival, border officials will determine how long the eTA holder is allowed to remain in Canada, which is usually a stay of up to six months for each trip.

Canada eTA for Japanese Citizens

Japanese nationals eligible for the eTA need to complete the simple online application form and provide some basic personal details, including:

  • Name
  • Nationality
  • Occupation
  • Passport details, including passport number
  • Passport issue date and expiry date

Before submitting their application online, travelers need to answer a number of security and health-related questions. It is advisable to carefully check all information provided on the form before it is finalized, as mistakes or inconsistencies can lead to the eTa being delayed or rejected.

There is also an eTA fee that must be paid online using either a debit card or credit card.

Canadian eTA Application Form from Japan

If Japanese nationals visiting Canada have already finalized their travel plans, it is important to submit the eTA application at least 3 days before travel to allow time for the details to be processed and the eTA to be approved.

The process for applying is generally quick and simple. It is possible to apply for the eTA from anywhere in the world, using a desktop computer, tablet or mobile, provided you have an internet connection.

The electronic travel authorization for Canada is automatically added to the applicant’s passport, so there is no need to print documents or show anything at the airport. The authorization is valid for a period of five years from the date of issue.

Embassy of Japan in Canada

Visits under the eTA may not last more than six months, and Japanese visitors to Canada are not allowed to stay beyond the six-month period. Travelers who wish to extend their stay in Canada can apply for a new ETA, provided they do so at least 30 days in advance.

All Japanese travelers need to have an electronic passport that is machine-readable since the eTA is administered entirely online. All recently issued Japanese passports are machine-readable, but travelers who are uncertain can check their documents by contacting the Japanese passport office.

In order to apply for the Canada eTA, nationals of Japan must be full citizens. Travelers who hold a different status, such as refugees or temporary residents, will need to apply for a Canadian embassy visa unless they also hold a passport from another visa-exempt country.

Access to eTA form

FAQs About Canada Visa for Japanese

Citizens of Japan must apply for a Canadian electronic travel authorization (eTA) in order to enter the country without a visa.

Japanese nationals should request an eTA online at least 3 days before flying to Canada. The essential travel permit is easy to obtain: the online application is quick to complete and most are approved almost immediately.

Canada’s eTA is valid for Japanese arriving by air and staying in the country for tourism, business or transit purposes.

To enter Canada for other reasons, or to stay longer than 6 months, Japanese citizens need to apply for a Canadian visa.

Citizens of Japan must apply for a Canadian electronic travel authorization (eTA) in order to enter the country without a visa.

Japanese nationals should request an eTA online at least 3 days before flying to Canada. The essential travel permit is easy to obtain: the online application is quick to complete and most are approved almost immediately.

Canada’s eTA is valid for Japanese arriving by air and staying in the country for tourism, business or transit purposes.

To enter Canada for other reasons, or to stay longer than 6 months, Japanese citizens need to apply for a Canadian visa.

To stay in Canada, Japanese travelers arriving by air need to obtain a Canadian eTA. Japanese citizens with an approved eTA can remain in Canada for up to 180 days for tourism or business purposes.

Although the exact time permitted varies, the majority of Japanese applicants are granted the maximum 6-month stay.

The electronic travel authorization is multiple-entry meaning that Japanese nationals can enjoy several short trips to Canada.

Japanese passport holders transiting through a Canadian airport also need to apply for an eTA, even for short layovers.

To remain in Canada for longer than 6 months, a traditional Canadian visa is required.

Yes, Japanese citizens are eligible to apply for Canada’s electronic travel authorization.

It is essential that Japanese tourists flying into one of Canada’s international airports apply for this mandatory permit before departure.

Fortunately, the Canada eTA is more straightforward to obtain than a traditional visa. The application process is fully online and can be completed in a few minutes, with no need to attend an embassy or consulate.

Japanese passport holders with an approved eTA can make multiple short trips to Canada for tourism and business purposes. The eTA is also needed to transit through a Canadian airport.

The Canadian eTA verifies a traveler’s eligibility to enter Canada. Japanese citizens taking a Canada-bound flight must have an approved eTA linked to their passport in order to be granted entry.

Japanese passport holders should apply for the eTA online at least 3 days prior to departure, just a valid passport and a few personal details are required.

The approved eTA is electronically linked to the passport and detected when scanned at the airport.

On arrival, Canadian officers will check the passport and are responsible for making the final decision on whether to allow the Japanese traveler to cross the border.