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Canada eTA Requirements for UAE Citizens

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If you are a United Arab Emirates passport holder, you do not need a visa to travel to Canada for a short-term visit.

Canada allows visa-free access to any traveler that holds a UAE passport.

The only document that you need is an electronic travel authorization (eTA) for Canada, which is quick and easy to obtain.

All Emirati nationals are able to apply for this type of travel document, providing they meet the visa requirements for UAE citizens.

What Is the Canada eTA for UAE Citizens and What Does It Do?

The eTA is an electronic travel authorization which gives UAE visitors the ability to enter Canada without the need for a visa.

The document is a visa waiver, which bypasses the requirement to apply for a visa before entering the country.

Holders of an eTA can visit Canada for up to 6 months at a time with multiple entries. This means they can exit and return numerous times, using the same eTA.

A UAE national with this visa waiver is permitted to enter the country for tourism, business, or transit, depending on their individual needs.

Emirati citizens can apply for the Canada eTA by completing a simple online form. 

Do I Need an eTA to Travel to Canada as a UAE Citizen?

All UAE travelers wishing to visit Canada must be in possession of an eTA before entering. The visa waiver is mandatory, and without it, you will be refused entry.

You must apply for this type of electronic travel authorization if you intend to travel to Canada for less than 6 months, and for one of the following reasons:

  • Tourism
  • Leisure
  • Business
  • Visiting family and friends
  • Transit

Those who intend to stay in Canada for longer than 6 months will need to apply for a visa instead, as the eTA will not be sufficient.

Who Is Exempt From the Canada eTA Requirement?

All short-term visitors to Canada from the UAE are required to have an electronic travel authorization. Exceptions are made for those who have:

  • Intentions to work or study for more than 6 months
  • A Canadian visa
  • Canadian citizenship
  • Permanent residency

If you are an Emirati citizen and one of these exceptions applies to you, you will need to apply for a Canadian visa instead of the visa waiver.

How Can I Apply for the Canada eTA from the UAE?

The visa waiver is quick and easy to apply for. The application process is completely online; all you need is access to the internet and your personal details.

The form asks some basic questions about the applicant, which only take a few minutes to complete. It asks for information such as:

  • Personal details (name, date of birth, etc.)
  • Contact information (phone number, email address, etc.)
  • Passport details (passport number, expiry date, etc.)

You will then be asked some questions about your travel plans (itinerary, accommodation, etc.).

UAE applicants should ensure that all the given information is accurate and true. Any discrepancies could cause delays, or even a rejected application. Always double-check your answers before submitting.

eTA Requirements for UAE Citizens to travel to Canada

In order to be eligible to apply for the electronic travel authorization, Emirati passport holders must be in possession of the following:

  • Valid UAE passport
  • Email address
  • Online payment method (credit or debit card)

If you are unsure if you are eligible, or you have any doubts about the Canada eTA requirements for UAE citizens, you can contact the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate for the latest information.

The Canadian embassy for the UAE is based in the Abu Dhabi Trade Towers in Abu Dhabi.

Traveling with the Canada ETA as a UAE Citizen

It is very straightforward for a UAE national to travel using the Canada eTA.

The travel document is electronically linked to the same passport that was stated in the application.

It is for this reason that it is vital to travel using the same passport that is linked to their eTA.

If this is not possible, e.g. the passport has been lost or stolen, the applicant will need to reapply for the Canada eTA with their new passport.

Upon arrival in Canada, you simply need to present your passport at border control. The passport will then be scanned by immigration officials, who will verify your visa waiver.

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