When was the eTA introduced for Maltese Citizens?
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. It became mandatory in 2016.
Citizens from Malta along with other European Union members 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.
Can A Maltese Citizen Stay Longer Than 90 Days?
Any Maltese 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".
When Should a Maltese Citizen Apply For An eTA?
It is advised that Maltese 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 Maltese citizen before applying for a Canada eTA, so travellers holding a passport or travel document with a different status will be required to apply for a full Canada visitor visa, and not an eTA.
How Long Does It Take To Receive An eTA?
Maltese citizens can expect their eTA application to normally be processed and approved within 30 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.
What Happens If There Is A Mistake On The eTA Form?