In 2015 the Canadian government launched the eTA, an electronic travel authorization for tourists from 60 countries including San Marino. The visa waiver is intended for travelers that would like to arrive in the country for a short trip that will not last longer than 3 months.
Sammarinese that get an eTA will be admitted into Canada for leisure, visitation, business activities like meetings or conferences, and airport transits if one’s flight has to stop over before reaching a final destination.
It was developed to help tourists have a more pleasant journey reducing hassle, long queues, and crowded rooms upon arrival. It also helps the Canadian authorities strengthen border control. The eTA system is completely digital so that the visa waiver can be obtained online.
Do Sammarinese Citizens Need a Visa for Canada?
Sammarinese nationals looking to go to Canada for work, study, or planning to move to the country permanently will be required to get a visa. There are several types of Canadian visas available depending on the specific circumstances of the traveler.
Sammarinese citizens are also advised to get a traditional visa when the Canadian eTA is denied. In this case, they will have to visit their local Canadian embassy or consulate to submit the visa application.
In other cases (short-term trips for tourism or business activity), San Marino passport holders are able to enter Canada visa-free with eTA.
The Canadian eTA is only issued to tourists arriving in the country by air.
How to Get a Canadian Visa Waiver From San Marino?
To request a Canadian eTA, Sammarinese citizens need to comply with specific Canadian eTA requirements and gather a few documents before starting the online application:
- Electronic passport from San Marino with a validity period of 6 months past the intended date of arrival in Canada
- The candidate will need a current debit or credit card to make the payment of the Canadian eTA fee online
- The online system for the eTA application requires to provide an email address where the granted eTA and other communications will be sent
- To access the website, applicants from San Marino can use any device with an internet connection
As part of the personal information that is asked in the online form, the candidate will need to provide the following:
- Name and last name as it appears on the passport
- Place of birth
- Date of birth
- Full address
- Phone number
- Email address
- Passport country
- Passport number
- Passport issue date
- Passport expiration date
After the personal details are registered, the applicant will have to answer a few questions regarding their health and criminal background, it is imperative to be as honest and precise as possible since otherwise, immigration officials may delay or reject the electronic travel authorization.
Before submitting the Canada eTA application form, the system will ask for the debit or credit card information to receive the payment of the eTA visa waiver fee.
Canada eTA: Processing Time & Validity
The process of approval for the Canadian eTA in most cases takes less than 1 business day, nevertheless, it is best to request the permit ahead of time, a minimum of 3 days before the intended date of departure.
The eTA allows the holder to spend up to 90 consecutive days in Canada and has a duration of 5 years from the date it was approved.
Traveling From San Marino to Canada
Once the eTA visa waiver is granted and sent via email, the permit will be automatically linked to the Sammarinese traveler’s passport. That is why it is paramount to use the same passport that has been provided during the application to cross the Canadian border.
Once at the permitted eTA port of entry in Canada, visitors from San Marino can simply give the passport to the officers at the document check desk. It is recommended that Sammarinese nationals make sure to meet the Canadian customs requirements at the airport to get into the country without delays.
Also, San Marino citizens must keep in mind that the actual time foreigners can spend in the country will be determined by the official at the border and it will be indicated on the passport.
Consulate of San Marino in Canada
The consulate of San Marino is located in Toronto and Sammarinese nationals can visit if they need to have their documents replaced or in case of an emergency.