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What are Electronic Travel Authorizations?
This blog was written before the COVID Pandemic. The COVID epidemics played havoc on the travel business. In 2022, Fifty Plus Nomad decided to focus on traveling and living in Mexico and language learning posts. We will only update these long-term travel-related posts on a time-permitting basis. We would appreciate your comments and updates on these posts.
In recent years, many developed countries have required citizens from other developed countries to get ¨electronic travel authorizations¨ (ETA) before entering their country. Most people from developed countries (the US, Western Europe, Canada, and Australia) need ETAs to visit each other’s countries. (One notable exception; Canada and the USA do not require the ETAs for each others’ citizens).
For most people, ETAs are relatively easy to obtain. You simply:
- Go to a website for the country you are visiting (Australia , USA, and Canada). Note: It is an ESTA (Electronic System Travel Authorization) in the US.
- Pay a small fee (around $30 US).
- Fill out a short online form.
- Wait to receive an email confirmation a couple of hours later.
No photos, scanned copies of your passport, etc., are usually required. (It may or may not be necessary to print a copy of the authorization to enter the country).
In November 2023, US and Canadian citizens will be required to get ETAs to go to most European countries. Thankfully, since these countries are part of the Schengen Treaty, you will only need to apply once to travel around most of Europe. (Here is a map of the Schengen area.