Citizens of 60 countries around the world, including Romania, are eligible to obtain a Canadian eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) to visit Canada for multiple airport entries of up to 6 months stay.
The Canadian eTA was introduced in 2016 in order to simplify obtaining a travel authorization for visa-exempt foreign visitors, which also applies to Romanian citizens. This online visa waiver system has also significantly reduced wait lines at the Canadian border.
Do I Need a Visa for Canada From Romania?
Romanian citizens who wish to travel to Canada by air for up to 6 months of consecutive stay per entry can obtain a Canadian eTA online.
Those traveling for tourist stays, business, medical treatment or consultations, or are transiting the country en route to their final destination, are eligible to apply for an eTA.
Once they have received an approved electronic authorization, Romanian passport holders can travel to Canada visa-free.
Romanian nationals who intend to work, study, or live in Canada need to obtain a visa for Canada, such as visitor visa or work permit, depending on the purpose of their travel. To apply for any of these types of visas, Romanians are required to visit the Canadian Embassy in Bucharest.
Canadian Online Travel Permit: What Do Romanians Need
Romanian citizens must first meet a few eTA for Canada requirements in order to submit an application, including:
- A stable internet connection, since the application is done online on a tablet, mobile phone, or a computer
- A valid Romanian passport issued after December 1, 2017
- An unexpired credit card or debit card for the eTA fee payment
- An active email address to receive all correspondence relevant to the eTA application and authorization
In addition, there is a minimum age requirement. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to apply for a Canadian eTA. Parents of children under the age of 18 have to apply on their behalf.
One of the latest Canada visa requirements for Romania includes a new entry rule. Everyone who has a non-electronic passport must obtain a valid visa to travel to Canada from Romania. Therefore, only holders of an electronic passport can enter the country visa-free and are eligible to apply for an eTA Canada for airport entries.
Apply for an eTA Canada From Romania
Applying for a Canadian eTA is a fast and simple process. Romanian citizens can easily access the application form through the Canada Online Visa website.
Applicants are asked to supply some personal details such as name, date of birth, occupation, and contact information, as well as basic passport data including the passport number and dates of issue and expiry.
Finally, there are several health-related and security-related questions that need to be answered in the application form.
Romanian applicants can then proceed to the payment of the Canadian eTA processing fee.
It is important to always carefully double-check that all the details provided are correct and correspond to the information in the passport before submitting the application. This is because even small errors on the application can result in a delay in processing the information or the denial of the eTA.Apply for eTA
ETA Visa Waiver Processing Time and Validity
The eTA processing time for Romanian citizens is usually between 1 to 3 business days, although, in some cases, applicants might obtain a faster response. Travelers are encouraged to submit the eTA application at least 3 days before traveling in case there are any delays.
Important: The eTA Canada is automatically linked electronically to the applicant’s valid Romanian passport, therefore, there is no need to print the eTA document.
An approved Canadian eTA allows a maximum stay of 6 months in Canada with each entry, while its total validity is 5 years for airport entry from the date of the issue, or until the associated passport expires.
Romanian passport holders who wish to enter the country multiple times during that period can do so without having to apply for a new authorization. Those who have an approved eTA authorization can check the validity of their eTA Canada any time through the eTA check status online tool.
Please note that the eTA for Canada cannot be extended. Travelers who wish to remain in Canada after the electronic travel authorization expires must submit a new Canada eTA application from outside the country at least 30 days in advance.Reapply for an eTA