Citizens from Hong Kong should check they have their documentation in order to meet the requirements for the Canadian eTA before beginning their application. The visa conditions for citizens from Hong Kong detail these further. Applicants from Hong Kong must ensure they comply with the following:
- Have an electronic passport
- Possess a debit or credit card
- Submit a frequently used email address
The electronic (also referred to as biometric) passport must be valid on the date they plan to arrive in Canada. The Canadian eTA is a unique travel permit automatically linked to the Hong Kong passport and cannot be transferred to another travel document. Furthermore, if any traveler has a passport that will expire in less than 5 years then they should note that the Canadian eTA will expire at the same time.
Hong Kong applicants must also confirm they will use a debit or credit card with sufficient funds and authorized for online payments. Regarding the email address, we recommend they add a frequently used one since all communications from the Canadian government (including the confirmation of the eTA approval) will be sent by email.
Hong Kong nationals traveling to Canada for other reasons or longer periods, including for full-time job-seeking opportunities or higher studies, should note the Canadian eTA does not cover them. We recommend that they get in touch with the Canadian Consulate in Hong Kong for further information.