The government of Canada has taken temporary measures to protect its citizens against corona (Covid-19). These have a major impact on travellers that want to travel to Canada on an eTA. Applying for an eTA is still possible, but first read which restrictions you need to keep in mind on this page. This article has been updated on 30 March 2020.
Is corona already a problem in Canada?
Yes, unfortunately. As of 30 March, cases of corona have been confirmed in over 6000 Canadians. 65 casualties has also been confirmed due to Covid-19. Aside from controlling further spreading of the coronavirus within Canada, the government wants to prevent new cases by banning incoming travellers.
Travelling with an eTA Canada is not possible in many cases due to the coronavirus (Covid-19)
Can I still apply for an eTA Canada despite corona?
This is possible. Because an eTA Canada is valid for five years, new applications can still be submitted. Frequent travellers often apply for a new eTA as soon as the previous one has expired. This can still be done. It is also possible to still apply for an eTA Canada in other cases. The average delivery time has not been delayed due to corona. You can also already apply for an eTA even if you don’t know when you will be travelling to Canada.
Does Canada have a travel ban for travellers with an eTA?
Yes. Currently, a travel ban applies to all people wanting to travel to Canada. There are only three exceptions, namely: inhabitants of Canada, people with a Canadian passport and Americans that have a ‘valid reason’ to travel to the country. The Canadian corona travel ban therefore also applies to residents of the United Kingdom and Ireland, even if they already possess a valid eTA. The travel ban is temporary. However, it has not yet been revealed how long it will last.
Travellers that have been to Europe in the past 14 days also cannot travel to the United States of America. More up-to-date information about that can be found in the article about corona in the USA.
When can I travel to Canada again?
It is currently not known when travelling to Canada with an eTA will be permitted again, but keep in mind that the travel ban and other corona measures will be active for at least several more weeks. Aside from the travel ban, measures have also been taken by airlines, which sometimes can be more extreme or have clearer terms compared to the travel ban of the Canadian government. Check this with your own airline. The information on this page is continually updated. This means that as soon as more information becomes available, it can be found here.
What do I do if I’m already in Canada?
The government recommends that non-resident British nationals check with their airlines to arrange a flight back to the United Kingdom as soon as practically possible. If this is not possible, there are certain precautions you can take to protect yourself against corona. These are the same general precautions which are in use in the United Kingdom and other European countries:
- Keep a distance of at least two arm lengths between you and others
- Avoid physical contact with others as much as possible
- Make sure you have good personal hygiene (regularly wash your hands)
- Don’t cough in your hand but in your elbow
- Avoid touching your face as much as possible
Aside from the above-mentioned measures, the Canadian government (national or regional) can take additional measures which travellers with an eTA Canada need to keep in mind. Check Canadian media for this.
Who will pay for the damage caused by corona?
The financial damage as a result of corona is in the billions of pounds. As few insurance companies have sufficient financial means to meet all the claims, it is currently not certain whether all of the damages caused by the Canadian travel ban will be reimbursed. Check with your travel insurance, cancellation insurance, airline, travel bureau or tour operator. The Canadian government does not refund any costs made for an eTA travel permit which cannot be used. However, approved eTAs are valid for five years (or until the passport expires), meaning they can also be used for a trip that will be taken at a later date.
Disclaimer: Corona is a quickly growing problem, and the consequences are immense. Due to the rapid developments it is not possible to offer any guarantees that the information in this article is at all times complete and up-to-date. However, this article is regularly updated concerning travelling with an eTA Canada, during and after the corona outbreak.