Many Brits look forward to visiting the magnificent Canadian sights, and the amount of people visiting from the UK every year reaches over 700,000. The longstanding relationship between the 2 countries means that the tourist visa for Canada from the UK has been replaced with the Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) for the majority of UK tourists.
Ensuring that you have all the right travel authorisations before you leave will help you enjoy a smooth start to your holiday so you can enjoy soaking up the stunning sights at Niagara Falls, strolling around Stanley Park or heading into the Rockies for some bear watching.
Byevisa is the best way to get your Canadian ETA before you begin your travels to this amazing country. You can expect a streamlined service and your ETA delivered directly into your email inbox.
- 1 Do You Need a Visa for Canada From the UK?
- 2 How to Get A Visa for Canada From the UK
- 3 Visa Requirements for Canada From the UK
- 4 How Much is a Visa for Canada From the UK?
- 5 Travelling to Canada as a Tourist – How Long Will My ETA Last?
- 6 Your Canadian Travel Questions Answered
- 7 More Information On Getting a Visa for Canada From the UK
Do You Need a Visa for Canada From the UK?
If you are wondering, “Do I need a visa for Canada from the UK?”, the simple answer is yes, if you are arriving by air, you must apply for an Electronic Travel Authorisation or ETA before your trip. As a British citizen, you can use this pass to enter and stay in the country for up to 180 days.
You can apply for your ETA with Byevisa. We make it quick and easy to complete the process online from the comfort of your own home. Your authorisation is electronically linked to your passport, so when you arrive on holiday, immigration officials can see your ETA when they scan your passport. Byevisa sends you an approval confirmation via email, which you can print out and take with you.
Please note that, if you will be arriving from land or sea, you will not need to get any special authorisation before you go.
How to Get A Visa for Canada From the UK
Applying for the ETA with Byevisa is simple. You need to complete the following information in our online form:
- A valid email address.
- Your intended travel dates and exit dates for your first visit.
- Your full name.
- Your gender.
- Your date of birth.
- Place of birth and current place of residence.
- Passport details including your passport number, issue and expiry dates.
When you have completed your information, you can then proceed to the payment page or choose to add anyone else who is travelling to the application to save time.
Once you have entered all the required information for each person travelling, you then need to choose your preferred processing speed, from Standard (24 hours) to Rapid (4 hours) or Highly Rapid (30 minutes). Finally, you make your payment using a valid credit/debit card or via a PayPal account.
After submitting your application, you receive an email confirmation that it has been received. Once the processing time has passed, you receive your confirmed ETA approval in your email inbox. Although it’s not necessary to print it, we recommend that you do so just in case. Completing this process with Byevisa could not be easier!
Visa Requirements for Canada From the UK
When it comes to obtaining your ETA, you need to hold a current original passport from the UK. You also need to have a credit/debit card or PayPal to pay and ensure that you input a valid email address to receive your confirmation when the ETA has been approved.
You must present your passport on arrival to Canada, and the ETA will be checked through this electronically. If you are travelling with minors, they must also have a valid passport and ETA to be able to pass through immigration and enter the country.
How Much is a Visa for Canada From the UK?
The cost of the ETA is 5.50 USD per person applying, plus the processing fee for the Byevisa service. When you select the speed in which you want your documents to arrive, you are presented with the final cost before making a payment.
Travelling to Canada as a Tourist – How Long Will My ETA Last?
The great thing about the ETA is that it is valid for 5 years, meaning that you can enjoy multiple visits to the country within that time as long as you do not stay longer than 180 days per visit.
It is also important to remember that if your passport expires during the time you have an ETA, then you need to reapply using your new passport. The reason is that it is electronically linked to your passport and cannot be transferred to your new documentation.
Your Canadian Travel Questions Answered
We understand that finding out if you need to apply for a visa for Canada from the UK can be a time-consuming process and hope that our information helps you to organise the travel authorisation that is suitable for your trip.
We have answered some commonly asked questions below that are aimed at Brits who are planning a holiday to Canada and hope that this provides further clarification for you.
What If I Am A British National Not Residing in the UK?
British Nationals (overseas), British overseas citizens, British Subjects with the right to live in the UK, and most British Overseas Territory citizens are also exempt from applying for a traditional visa and will only need an ETA to enter the country if you are flying.
What If My ETA Number Does Not Match the Number in My Passport?
This is easy to avoid with our tips for entering your passport number correctly:
- First, make sure you enter the passport number from the top of your passport bio page (the page with the photo).
- Remember that passport numbers are typically 8 – 10 characters long.
- Be extra careful when you enter ‘0’ or ‘o’ or ‘l’ and ‘1’ as they can look similar.
- You do not need to add any special characters like hyphens.
If you realise you made a mistake when filling out the application form, please contact Byevisa as soon as possible.
Do I Need To Reapply Each Time I Travel?
No, your ETA lasts for a total of 5 years from the date of issue, and so you do not need to reapply each time you travel to Canada. However, if your passport expires, you need to reapply to have a new ETA linked to your new passport.
Am I Required to Keep a Copy of My ETA Confirmation With Me During My Trip?
There is no legal requirement for you to carry a printout of your ETA confirmation as it is linked directly to your passport. However, Byevisa recommends you print a copy and take it when you travel just in case.
More Information On Getting a Visa for Canada From the UK
If you need any more information about travelling to Canada, then click here to go to our Canadian ETA page. We also have lots of other helpful advice on our visit Canada section here.