As a dual citizen, if I have a valid eTA that expires in 2019 on my British passport, can I get a new eTA for my Australian passport now instead, as that is what I wish to travel on?

  • Nitpicking: the eTA is not a visa.
    – user67108
    Jul 28, 2018 at 5:38
  • Ok. perhaps it is more of a visa waiver but is referred to on the application link as and ETA e-visa. etravelcanada.org/entry/apply-form-3 Jul 28, 2018 at 6:14
  • It's a Travel Authorization. A permit to fly to Canada. Akin to the ESTA in the US.
    – user67108
    Jul 28, 2018 at 6:29
  • @dda the only reason it's not called a visa is to maintain the pretense of continuing to uphold Canada's visa free agreements. Otherwise there's little practical difference.
    – JonathanReez
    Jul 28, 2018 at 8:04
  • @JonathanReez Nope. An eTA or ESTA aren't necessary if you travel by road. So you can indeed enjoy a visa-free entrance without them... Plus, they are MUCH easier to get than a visa...
    – user67108
    Jul 28, 2018 at 8:47

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This is enough of an edge case that you're unlikely to find an answer in writing, but it should be fine, just disclose your other citizenship truthfully when applying for the new ETA.

I've personally been in the same situation with two concurrent US ESTAs in different passports, and it was fine. (Obvious caveat: the US is not Canada.)

  • Strangely for Canada, as their travel information is usually extremely confusing, I found it in plain English on www.canada.ca: "An eTA is electronically linked to a traveller’s passport." So each passport requires its own eTA. Jul 28, 2018 at 12:14
  • @MichaelHampton Yes, but the OP's question is whether a single person is allowed to hold multiple concurrent ETAs. Jul 28, 2018 at 12:27
  • No, they're required to. Jul 28, 2018 at 12:37
  • @MichaelHampton Yes, they're required to hold an ETA in the passport they want to enter Canada with, but this implies nothing about whether multiple concurrent ETAs are permitted. Jul 28, 2018 at 13:59

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