eTA for Costa Rican Citizens

eTA for Costa Rican Citizens

eTA Eligibility

Costa Rican citizens can apply for an eTA
 Costa Rican citizens will have needed to hold a Canadian visitor visa the past 10 years or currently hold a U.S. non-immigrant visa
Costa Rican citizens enjoy fast entry using the eTA program

Other eTA Requirements

➤ Costa Rican citizens can apply for eTA online
➤ eTA is valid for arrival by air only
➤ Travelers must have an e-passport that is machine readable
➤ eTA is for short tourist, business, transit and medical visits
➤ You must be over 18 to apply for an eTA otherwise require a parent/guardian

Costa Rican citizens can apply for a Canada eTA to enter Canada on a short term basis (under 90 days) for general tourism, business, transit or medical purposes. Previous possession of a Canadian visitor visa within the past 10 years, or current possession of a U.S. non-immigrant visa is a condition of eTA eligibility.
The Canada eTa program was approved in 2012, and took 4 years to develop the required systems that would tie in with existing immigration databases and other security data to provide a seamless new screening tool. The eTA program was launched in 2016 to screen travelers arriving from overseas as a response to the global increase in terrorist activities.
Citizens from Costa Rica are required to complete this electronic visa application prior to boarding an aircraft for Canada, and this includes travelers who will only be transiting in Canada en route to other international destinations.
Any Costa Rican citizen that wishes to enter Canada for over 90 days, or for other purposes than those allowed under the eTA program will need to apply for a different visa. Further details can be found by visiting Canada Immigration Visa Advice and using the free "do i need a visa tool".
It is advised that Costa Rican citizens complete their eTA application 72 hours prior to their departure date. Full details can be found by visiting eTA requirements or Canada eTA FAQ's. It is advised to review these pages prior to starting an eTA application to avoid any delays or the risk of an eTA being refused.
It is a requirement to be a full Costa Rican citizen before applying for a Canada eTA, so travelers holding a passport or travel document with a different status, such as refugee, will be required to apply for a full Canada visitor visa, and not an eTA.
Costa Rican citizens can expect their eTA application to normally be processed and approved within 5 minutes, and the authorization is sent by email in the form of a PDF document. There is no need to print or present any documents at the airport, as the eTA is stored electronically against the passport in the Canada Immigration system.


eTA Application Advice
  • Submit application at least 72 hours before departure
  • If denied for an eTA, travelers can still apply for full visitor visa
  • An eTA does not guarantee entry to Canada as the final decision is made by Canada Immigration
  • If the traveller is under 18 a parent or guardian will need to make the application

Learn More About eTA

eTA Benefits
  • eTA is valid for 5 years from date of issue
  • Can be used for multiple entires under 90 day duration
  • Fast authorization and electronic delivery
  • Apply on desktop, tablet or mobile

Apply for eTA

You have been granted a Canadian visitor visa within the last decade or you currently possess a valid nonimmigrant visa for the United States. Your purpose of visit to Canada is brief, for business or tourism (usually for periods up to 6 months). You will be flying to, or making a transit stop at, a Canadian airport with a valid passport from one of the approved visa-required nations. If these conditions aren't all satisfied, a visitor visa will be required for your travel to Canada.