It is only possible to use the Canada Electronic Travel Authorization if the traveler is entering Canada by air.
Singapore is exempt from the usual visa requirements imposed by Canada, which means Singaporean citizens do not need a visa to visit Canada.
The visa has been replaced by the Electronic Travel Authorization (or eTA). Canadian immigration began using the eTA in 2015 in order to assess the suitability of foreign visitors to Canada and streamline the eTA application process.
This new system has minimized waiting times for travel applications and as a result queues at customs and immigration have been greatly reduced.
Do Singaporeans Need a Visa for Canada?
When entering Canada via land or sea, travelers may require a visa in addition to identification and travel documents.
The eTA for Singaporean citizens covers visitors who are traveling to Canada for the following reasons:
- Transiting through Canada
- Medical treatment
When transiting through Canada, most foreign nationals need a visa to enter and leave the country. This is not necessary for Singaporeans in possession of the eTA, which covers transit visits provided the points of entry and departure are via air and not land or sea.
The eTA is transmitted and recorded electronically, so all Singaporeans travelers need to have an electronic passport that is machine-readable. Singaporean passports issued in recent years are all machine-readable, but travelers who are worried about the eligibility of their passport should check their documents before they apply for the eTA for Singaporean citizens.
ETA Canada Requirements from Singapore
Singaporean citizens who want to apply for the eTA need to complete the simple online application form and provide some basic personal details, including:
- Passport details and Passport issue
There are also several questions on the form related to health and security matters, and travelers must pay the eTA fee before they submit the Canada visa application.
It is advisable to apply for an eTA for Singaporeans at least 72 hours before travel, to allow time for the documents to be processed and the authorization to be issued.
The application form for the eTA can be completed on desktop, tablet or mobile. This means applicants can sort out their travel plans from anywhere in the world without needing time-consuming embassy visits. The authorization is fast and efficient and is delivered safely and electronically to the applicant by email.
The eTA is valid for a period of 5 years, and is entirely electronic, so there are no documents to print. Once it has been approved, the eTA is recorded in the immigration system along with the applicant’s passport.
How Do I Apply for an eTA for Travel to Canada Online?
There are several requirements necessary in order to apply for the Canada eTA. All applicants must have:
- A Singaporean passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of travel.
- A valid credit or debit card to pay the fee.
- A active email address to receive the eTA.
Holders of dual citizenship should take care to apply for the eTA using the same passport that they intend to travel on, since the eTA for Singaporean citizens is linked to the traveler’s passport number.
Applicants for the Canada eTA need to be Singaporean citizens or nationals of other eligible countries. Travelers who hold travel documents with a different status (such as residents) will need to apply for a Canadian visa, unless they apply using a passport from their country of origin.
All eTA applicants must be over 18 at the time of application. Minors will need a parent or guardian to make the application on their behalf. Those applying for an eTA for Singaporean citizens on behalf of a minor are also required to provide some basic personal information as their guardian or representative.
Since the Electronic Travel Authorization is not a visa, there are no restriction on the number of times the traveler can enter or leave Canada. Border officials will determine how long the eTA holder is allowed to remain in Canada when they enter and indicate it on the traveler’s passport, but stays can be granted for up to six months.
It is illegal to stay in Canada beyond the date specified in the applicant’s passport. Singaporean nationals who wish to extend their stay in Canada can apply for an extension, provided they do so at least 30 days before the end of their stay.
Singaporeans traveling to Canada by air need an eTA to enter Canada visa-free. Citizens of Singapore cannot cross the Canadian border without a visa if they do not have an approved electronic travel authorization.
Passport holders should apply for the Canada eTA at least 1 to 3 business days before departure, the process is fully online and can be completed in minutes.
Singaporeans with an eTA can enter Canada for business, leisure, or medical purposes without a visa. The eTA is also required to transit through a Canadian airport.
Travelers visiting Canada for other purposes or for longer periods of time need to obtain the relevant Canadian visa.
Singaporean citizens need an approved eTA to enter Canada by air, the amount of time permitted depends on several factors.
Although the exact amount of time varies, the majority of Singaporean citizens are granted the maximum 6-month stay.
Conveniently, the Canada eTA is multiple-entry and valid for 5 years, or until the passport expires: Singaporeans can enjoy several short trips to the country using the same authorization.
Singaporean passport holders also need an eTA to transit through a Canadian airport, even for short layovers.
Anyone wishing to stay in Canada for longer than 6 months should apply for the relevant Canadian visa.
One of the great advantages of a Canada eTA is that it is multiple-entry. Singaporean eTA holders can re-enter Canada several times using the same authorization provided the length of their stay does not exceed the maximum number of days permitted.
In addition, the Canadian travel authorization is valid for 5 years from the issue date. It is not necessary to reapply until the permit expires.
As the eTA is conveniently linked to the passport, it is not possible to transfer it from one document to another. This means that, if the Singaporean passport expires before the eTA, a new travel authorization must be requested using the new passport.