The Canadian government introduced the Canadian Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) in 2015 to facilitate international tourism. It is available to international travellers from selected nationalities that are visa-exempt and can use it to visit Canada on business, tourism, or need to transit through en route to another destination.
Slovenians are amongst the nationals who do not need a visa to visit Canada. They can apply for the Canadian eTA provided they meet some basic international travel conditions. The Canadian eTA is an online multiple-entry visa-waiver. It is valid for 5 years and allows Slovenian visitors to stay in the country for 6 months during each visit.
Slovenian passport holders interested in relocating to Canada for a more stable time or interested in pursuing full-time employment or higher studies must note the eTA does not cover these activities. They should schedule an appointment at the Canadian Consulate in Ljubljana fort further details.
Requirements for the Canadian eTA for Slovenian Travellers
Slovenian nationals must check they meet the requirements for the Canadian eTA before they begin the application process. These conditions include the following:
- Have an electronic passport valid for the Canadian eTA
- Supply a frequently used email address
- Possess a debit or credit card
The electronic passport (also referred to as biometric) is a secure travel document. It grants entry in Canada for visitors from a wide range of countries. It makes the arrival of Slovenian travellers more convenient with quicker queues upon arrival. They must simply ensure their passport is valid for 6 months or more when they arrive in the country.
Slovenians should note the Canadian eTA is electronically linked to their passport. By default, the eTA has a validity of 5 years. However, if their passport expires before this number of years, then their travel authorisation expires with it as well.
Slovenian applicants must confirm they register with an email address they frequently use. The Canadian government will issue all communications, including the confirmation of their eTA approval by email only. Lastly, they should confirm they will use a debit or credit card with sufficient funds, and that has been activated for online transactions before actioning payment.
Canadian eTA application form for Slovenian citizens
Slovenians who confirm this visa waiver meets their travel needs, and they comply with the entry requirements they can proceed to the Canadian eTA application form. The Canada eTA is an online questionnaire with standard personal questions that can be filled in 15 to 20 minutes. Slovenian applicants will be required to share the following personal information:
- Full name
- Place of birth
- Date of birth
- Marital status
- Personal address
- Phone number
- Email address
Secondly, they will have to provide their passport details as listed below:
- Passport country
- Passport number
- Passport issue date
- Passport expiry date
Lastly, the Canadian government requires them to add some details about their visit to Canada:
- Purpose of visit
- Travel dates
- Security questions
Slovenian travellers must ensure the answers on their application are true and accurate. Any mistakes or typos could delay the evaluation or even cause a rejection of their request. They finalize the Canadian eTA application process by paying the processing fee. The Canadian government accepts all major international credit or debit cards.
Travelling to Canada with undergraduate visitors from Slovenia
Any travelling party from Slovenia with minors visiting Canada must consider that each member must obtain their own their eTA. Their parents or legal guardians can submit their dependents’ applications on their behalf and use the same email address without any problems.
Last-minute Canadian eTAs for Slovenians
Slovenian travellers who need a last-minute entry permit for Canada are eligible to apply for the urgent Canadian eTA. This online authorisation can be obtained approximately in an hour and is available for the following situations:
- Last-minute professional meetings
- Unexpected changes in their travel itinerary
- Family emergencies
- Spontaneous purchase of a last-minute travel offer
Nevertheless, the Canadian government recommends using this option only if it is absolutely essential, and no prior arrangements could be made. Despite the estimated waiting period of one hour, this can sometimes take longer with the applicants waiting for the eTA to arrive while waiting to board their flights.
How long does it take to receive the eTA Canada from Slovenia?
The processing time for Canadian eTA is very short. Slovenian applicants can expect to receive their Canadian eTA within 24 hours from the time of their request. However, in some cases, the approval may take more time due to high demand or the need for further documentation. The Canadian authorities recommend applying at least 3 working days before their intended arrival.
As mentioned earlier, the Canadian Electronic Travel Authorisation is automatically linked to the Slovenians’ passports. They do not need to print out a copy. They are simply required to display their passport at border controls for scanning to be allowed to enter the country.
Canadian eTA extension for Slovenian citizens
Slovenians should note that it is not possible to renew the Canadian eTA. If they wish to remain in Canada for more than six months allowed by the visa waiver, they must request an extension for their Canadian eTA. They should submit their application 30 days before their current eTA expires, and it will be granted within 24 hours.