Nationals of over 60 countries have been able to apply online for the Canadian eTA
since it was introduced in 2016, including Mexican Citizens.
eTA stands for Electronic Travel Authorization. This online visa waiver was implemented in order to eliminate the need to visit a Canadian diplomatic muission in person, and allows Mexican citizens to submit an application via internet from the comfort of their own home.
Those traveling to Canada for up to 6 consecutive months are able to complete an online eTA application from Mexico in minutes, to receive an approved travle authorization electronically linked to their passport.
What is the eTA Canada?
The Canadian eTA
is a multiple entry travel authorization that grants its holders entry to the country for short-term stays.
The eTA for Canada can be easily obtained through an online application form. Eligible travelers are able to complete the Canada eTA application form in less than 30 minutes. The process of getting the eTA is straightforward and quick.
An approved Canada eTA for Mexican passport holders is valid for 5 years and allows multiple entries to Canada during its validity, for a stay of up to 180 days with each entry.
Mexican travelers who wish to travel to Canada for tourism, business or transit purposes can apply for the eTA Canada. However, Canada travel restrictions state that for other purposes, or to stay in Canada longer than 6 months, it is necessary to apply for a visa from an embassy or consulate.
Mexican nationals can apply for the eTA Canada
Applying for a Canadian eTA is a much simpler process than applying for a consular visa. In the past, Mexicans needed to go to a Canadian embassy or consulate to apply for a tourist visa. They had to gather additional documents and make an appointment. Getting the eTA Canada is a faster process as it can be done online in a matter of minutes.
Mexican citizens will need to complete an online eTA application with their personal details and passport information. Applicants must complete the following information on the form:
- Full name
- Date and place of birth
- Marital status
- Country of citizenship
- Contact information
Each applicant is required to provide their passport number as well as the passport expiration or issue date. It is essential that the passport is valid when filling out the form. Holders of a valid eTA must travel with the passport used to complete the application.
Mexican travelers are advised to carefully complete the eTA application. Any error may cause a delay of the application or even a rejection.
All data provided must match the details on the traveler’s passport.
When completing the eTA, applicants must also answer a few security questions in order to submit the form. All questions must be answered, as they are mandatory.
eTA Canada requirements for Mexican citizens
In order to apply for the eTA Canada, Mexican citizens must meet a series of requirements, which are:
- Having a valid passport
- An email address
- A debit or credit card
If the traveler meets these three main requirements, they will be able to successfully complete their eTA form. The email address is necessary so that the applicant can receive notifications about the status of their eTA.
The debit or credit card are a requirement as the eTA carries a cost. Even though the majority of applications are processed in a few minutes, applicants are still advised to apply for their eTA at least 72 hours before their expected date of departure.
Mexican citizens who need an emergency eTA Canada to travel within 24 hours are advised to select the ‘Urgen Processing Guaranteed in under 1 hour’ option when paying the eTA fee. This rush processing option for the eTA guarantees that the applicant will receive a response about the eTA status in around 60 minutes.
Upon arrival in Canada the passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. However, travelers must bear in mind that once approved, the eTA is valid for a period of 5 consecutive years. If the passport expires before the eTA, the traveler will need to obtain a new eTA with a valid passport.
All foreign visitors must go through immigration control and are required to present the eTA-linked passport to an immigration official at the Canadian border. Whether a traveler is allowed entry to Canada or not will be determined by the Canadian immigration authorities.