Traveling with Children: ETA Requirements and Considerations – Guidance from Falcon Law PC

Introduction

Traveling with children can be both exciting and challenging, especially when visiting a foreign country like Canada. For visa-exempt foreign nationals, understanding the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) requirements and considerations when accompanied by children is essential. In this legal blog, Falcon Law PC provides insights into ETA requirements for children and offers valuable considerations for smooth family travel. If you have questions or need legal assistance with your family’s ETA applications, please contact Falcon Law PC at 1-877-892-7778 or via email at info@falconlawyers.ca.

Table of Contents

  1. ETA Requirements for Children
  2. Applying for an ETA for Children
  3. Traveling with Minors
  4. Consent Letters for Unaccompanied Minors
  5. Common Questions About Children and ETAs
  6. Contact Falcon Law PC

1. ETA Requirements for Children

Children, regardless of their age, require their own ETA when traveling to Canada by air. Each child must have an individually approved ETA linked to their passport. There are no exemptions for minors, and the same eligibility criteria apply.

2. Applying for an ETA for Children

When applying for an ETA for children, parents or guardians must ensure they have the following:

  • A valid passport for each child.
  • A credit or debit card for payment of processing fees.
  • An email address for communication.

Parents or guardians can submit separate ETA applications for their children during the online application process. Ensure that all information provided is accurate and matches the child’s passport.

3. Traveling with Minors

When traveling with minors, it’s important to carry the necessary documents, such as birth certificates, to prove the child’s identity and relationship to the accompanying adult(s). Canadian authorities may request these documents during your trip.

4. Consent Letters for Unaccompanied Minors

In situations where a child is traveling without one or both parents or legal guardians, it’s advisable to have a consent letter from the absent parent(s) or guardian(s) authorizing the child’s travel. This letter should include details about the child’s itinerary, the purpose of the trip, and contact information for the absent parent(s) or guardian(s). While not always required, having a consent letter can facilitate entry into Canada.

5. Common Questions About Children and ETAs

Here are some common questions parents or guardians may have regarding children and ETAs:

  • Do infants need an ETA? Yes, infants, including newborns, require their own ETA.
  • Can one parent apply for an ETA for a child? Yes, one parent or guardian can apply for an ETA on behalf of a child. Ensure all required information is provided accurately.
  • Do children pay the same processing fee as adults? Yes, the processing fee for an ETA is the same for children as it is for adults.
  • Can I include my child in my ETA application? No, each child must have a separate ETA application linked to their passport.

6. Contact Falcon Law PC

Traveling with children can be a wonderful family experience, but it also involves specific ETA requirements and considerations. Falcon Law PC specializes in immigration law and can provide expert guidance on ETA applications for children and any related concerns. If you have questions or need legal assistance, please contact us at 1-877-892-7778 or via email at info@falconlawyers.ca. We are here to help ensure your family’s journey to Canada is smooth and worry-free, allowing you to create cherished memories together.

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