AVE Canada 🇨🇦

Tourism / Business / Transit

The AVE(Autorisation de Voyage Électronique) for Canada is a mandatory electronic document for citizens of visa-exempt countries traveling to Canada by air. It is similar to an electronic visa, and allows entry and stay in Canada for up to 6 consecutive months. It is valid for 5 years, or until the associated passport expires. It can be used for tourism or business stays, or for transit through Canada. It is preferable to obtain an AVE before booking a flight to Canada.

Scrupulously fill in the information requested by the Canadian authorities. Once payment has been made, send the photocopy of the passport to a secure area to cross-check the information and maximize your chances of obtaining the AVE. Most applicants receive approval within minutes. However, some applications may take several days to process, depending solely on the criteria of the Canadian authorities.

Start an AVE Canada application

Single rate of 29 € per passenger
Excluding consular fees, if applicable


Frequently asked questions about AVE Canada

Since the end of 2016, European, Australian and other eligible nationalities can travel to Canada without a visa, for a tourist or business trip of up to 6 months. In return, this visa exemption requires an electronic travel authorization (AVE)equivalent toESTA for the USA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization).

This authorization, electronically linked to the beneficiary's biometric passport, can be requested directly online via our services. You won't need to go to the Canadian consulate in your country of residence to obtain your Canadian e-visa.

Do I need a visa to go to Canada?

The ETA for Canada is mainly intended for European nationals, although other nationalities can also apply. A partnership has been set up between Canada and the Schengen area to enable Canadians to travel to the Schengen zone with a valid passport. In exchange, European nationals can enter Canada without a visa. If this is your case, all you need to do is present an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) to the Canadian authorities when you arrive in Canada.

Often mistakenly referred to as an e-Visa, the Canadian AVE is electronically linked to your biometric passport. You must therefore ensure that your your passport must still be valid at least 6 months after the date of your departure from Canada. The AVE for Canada is valid for 5 yearsand will enable you to several stays of up to 6 months in Canada. However, if the validity date of your passport expires between your various stays in Canada, you will need to apply for a new Canadian e-visa.

The Canadian AVE is mandatory for tourist or business stays of less than 6 months in Canada, but also for transiting the international zone of a Canadian airport for a few hours. It is also mandatory for minors, under the same conditions as for adults(consular fees to be paid, data to be transmitted).

However, the AVE for Canada only applies to air travellers. If you arrive in Canada by boat, you won't need a Canadian e-visa for a short-term tourist stay. You must, however, be a national of an AVE-eligible country.

To apply for a Canadian ETA, you must be a national of one of the following countries: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Spain, United Arab Emirates, United States (lawful permanent residents), Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Singapore, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates.

What types of visas are available to enter Canada?

If you do not hold a European passport, or if you are a European national and wish to stay in Canada for more than 6 months (for work or study), you will not be eligible for the AVE. You'll need to apply for a regular Canada visa, to be attached to your passport, from the Canadian embassy in your country of residence. The different types of visa for entering Canada are as follows:

  • Work visa ;
  • Visa for studies ;
  • Transit visa ;
  • Tourist visa ;
  • Business visa.

What documents do I need to obtain a Canadian AVE?

The only way to obtain a Canadian AVE is to apply online. The application process is completely paperless. You won't have to go to an embassy to obtain your AVE for Canada.

You can apply for a Canadian e-visa by filling in the application form provided. Before you do so, please make sure you have the following supporting documents, the only ones required to finalize your application:

  • A scan of your passport's identity page with at least 2 blank pages, valid for the duration of your stay in Canada.

To complete the application form, you will need to enter the following information, most of which corresponds to the data already on your biometric passport:

  • Information about your civil status (surname, first name, date of birth, marital status, nationality);
  • Information about your stay in Canada (if you have already applied for an AVE or a visa to travel to Canada, your previous visa number, if applicable) ;
  • Information about your employment status (job, name and address of employer, years of seniority).

All this information is required to finalize your Canadian e-visa application. We will then forward your application form to the Canadian authorities, so that you can receive your AVE as soon as possible.

How much does an ETA cost for Canada?

The Canadian ETA is offered at an affordable price compared to the cost of a conventional visa for Canada. The cost of the Canadian ETA depends mainly on the consular fees charged by the Canadian government. In addition to these consular fees (around €5), we charge a service fee for processing your file (checking supporting documents, entering the application online) and transmitting it to the Canadian authorities (follow-up and management). You should therefore expect to pay around €35 to obtain your Canadian AVE.

red and white flag under blue sky during daytimeHow long does it take to obtain an AVE for Canada?

The time it takes to obtain a Canadian ETA depends on how long it takes the Canadian immigration authorities to process your application. This time is generally very short, as the entire procedure is paperless. Under normal processing conditions, you can obtain your Canadian ETA in just 48 hours. However, processing time may be longer if your application is received on a weekend or public holiday. We therefore advise you to apply for your Canadian ETA at least one week before your actual arrival in the country.

Can I extend my stay in Canada with an AVE?

You can extend your stay in Canada directly with the Canadian authorities. However, we recommend that you contact the relevant authorities at least 30 days before your AVE expires.

I can't find my AVE number. What should I do?

If the request was not made via our services, you can retrieve your AVE from the official website, in the "Check the status of your AVE" section. As a reminder, the AVE is only sent by e-mail when the request is made.

Can I travel without my printed AVE electronic travel authorization?

All your data is recorded electronically and linked to your passport. If you lose the document on departure, the ave can normally be recovered by the authorities. However, it is advisable to embark with your document in electronic format, or to print it out.

What are the requirements for applying for an AVE?

You must travel with an ordinary passport valid for the duration of your stay. Your nationality must also be eligible. The list of eligible nationalities can be viewed on our "Traveler" form.

What information do I need to provide when applying for an AVE?

You must provide your passport photo so that we can match the data and avoid mistakes. In addition to your personal details, you will be asked to provide information about your employment.

How long will it take to process my AVE application?

Processing time is 48 hours for urgent departures. If you make your request well in advance, you still have the option of requesting your AVE "as soon as possible" or "as close as possible to the date of arrival".

How long can I stay in France with an AVE?

You can stay in Canada up to a maximum of 180 days per stay, for as long as your AVE is valid. This is not specific to the document, but depends on the visa waiver program associated with the traveler's nationality.

For what reasons can I apply for an AVE?

The AVE can be requested for tourist, business or transit purposes.

Is this AVE travel authorization required to travel to Canada?

You will be asked for your AVE before you even arrive in Canada. Your airline will check your AVE before you board. You will also need to present this document to Canadian immigration before entering the country. It is therefore essential to apply before departure to be authorized to travel.

How long is my AVE valid for?

The AVE is valid for 5 years from the date of issue. Please note that your passport must be valid until the expiry date of your AVE. If it is not, you will need to apply for a new AVE.

I'm in transit in Canada. Do I need to apply for an AVE?

An AVE application is required for transit through Canada.

Am I guaranteed to enter Canada with my travel authorization?

Like any other electronic travel authorization, the authorities give you the right to enter the country subject to the decision of the immigration officer in the country concerned. Most of the time, you'll be asked a series of questions about the length of your stay, your planned visits and travel plans...

Which nationalities are exempt from AVE?

Many types of travelers are exempt from the AVE requirement, including cabin crew and aviators, Americans and travelers with valid Canadian visas, or those whose nationality is exempt from the transit visa requirement. If you have any doubts, don't hesitate to contact us by chat or e-mail.

I'd like to study or work in Canada. What do I need to do?

If your application is for study or paid employment, you need to contact an embassy to apply for a visa.

Do I need to check the validity of my passport before leaving for Canada?

You must travel with a passport that is valid for the duration of your stay. Your passport must be biometric and ordinary. Our agency does not accept identity cards, emergency passports, diplomatic passports, residency cards or residence permits.

Is travel insurance mandatory for Canada?

Travel insurance is not mandatory. However, you should bear in mind that medical costs are quite high in North America. It is therefore advisable to insure your stay. We recommend a partner who is a reference in travel insurance.

I'm on a cruise. Can I enter the country with an AVE?

You won't be able to enter with an AVE by sea; a visa must be applied for at an embassy before departure. Please ask your cruise line for details.

Can I enter Canada more than once with an AVE?

The AVE is a multi-entry travel authorization that can be used for up to 5 years, subject to a maximum stay of 180 days.

Can I get to Canada by land or sea from the USA?

The AVE is only for entry by air.

Can I apply for an AVE for several travellers?

On our form, you can complete a single request and enter several travellers. You will then receive an AVE for each traveler. The AVE will be composed of the personal data of a single traveler.