Method of Application and Cost
Applications for ESTA, eTA, and ETIAS must be submitted online. Applicants must provide answers to a number of questions on their trip itinerary, personal information, health, and security-related issues.
The government ESTA application charge is $21 as of 2023; the eTA fee is CAD $7; and the projected ETIAS fee, for those aged 18 to 70, is €7. While ESTA and eTA fees are applicable to all applicants, there is no cost for candidates under the age of eighteen or above seventy-seven.
Validity and Stay Length
Two years for ESTAs, five years for eTAs, and three years for ETIASs are the durations of validity for each of the three systems, or until the passport expires, whichever comes first.
For business, tourist, or transit reasons, the maximum permitted stay per visit is 90 days throughout a 180-day period. This is also consistent among different systems. Nonetheless, visits of up to six months are permitted under Canada’s eTA.
While improving border security and streamlining the travel process for visitors exempt from a visa are the common goals of ESTA, eTA, and ETIAS, each system’s specifics—from eligibility to application procedures, costs, and durations of stay—reflect the distinctive immigration laws and security concerns of each implementing nation or region.
It is essential to thoroughly investigate the admission criteria of your destination well in advance of making travel plans abroad. Remember that while travel authorizations such as ESTA, eTA, or ETIAS facilitate travel, they do not ensure entrance, as border control agents have the last say over admittance.