Throughout history, Belgian citizens have migrated to Canada in search of job stability, economic growth, and expansion of their cultural knowledge. Hence, there are more than 154 thousand citizens with Belgian ancestors in Ontario or Quebec, so if you are thinking of traveling to Canada, you will feel at home given a large number of Belgian citizens already in Canada. It’s a 7 hour and 39-minute flight but it certainly brings great benefits for those who join in the adventure, especially if you are a French-speaking entrepreneur or professional, as Belgian citizens have the reputation in the country of being excellent in their ventures and are highly recommended when doing business.
Although if your reason for traveling is to enjoy a divine vacation, Canada is the ideal destination for all tastes. You can relax on Prince Edward Island, go shopping at West Edmonton Mall which is currently one of the largest shopping malls in Canada. You can visit the Art Galleries in Ontario or the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal. Or even delight your palate at the best restaurants like Alo in Toronto or Joe Beef in Montreal. However, since this is your first time traveling to the country, you must apply for an eTA to Canada to enter the nation, but don’t worry because our team will explain to you how to get approved within a few simple steps.
What is an eTA to Canada?
It is an electronic travel authorization that allows you to enter Canada for no more than 90 days. It differs from the permanent visa in that it does not require you to go to a consulate to process it, nor does it require extensive legal documentation. The electronic travel authorization will allow you to enter the country for business, tourism or transit. When the purpose is transit it means that Canada is not the final destination of the person traveling, but that their flight stops in the country.
How can Belgian citizens apply for an eTA to Canada?
The application for electronic travel authorization is made by filling out a form that will ask for your data, such as passport number of Belgian origins, telephone number, the reason for travel, date of birth, among others. The form can be filled out in Spanish, English, French, Italian among other languages. If you do not know any of the above, you can have Google translator available to avoid filling out the form incorrectly, since its approval depends on it.
Belgian citizens must pay for the administrative costs for their authorization; however, it is easy to do since you can use debit cards or credit cards from internationally recognized banks. Finally, you will receive two emails, the first with the confirmation of payment and the second, on a period of no more than 72 hours, the response of approval of the eTA to Canada. If it is affirmative, the Belgian citizen will receive via online the travel authorization for its support and printing.
Which places in Canada can Belgian citizens visit with the electronic travel authorization?
In fact, there are no limitations on the places a Belgian citizen can visit once you have an approved eTA to Canada. However, there are so many great places to visit that our team has made a list of the best places for your enjoyment during your stay in Canada.
- Luxury Hotels
- Hotel Fairmont, Waterfront
- Rosewood Hotel, Georgia
- Four Seasons Resort, Whistler
- Alo!, Toronto
- Joe Beef, Montreal
- Langdon Hall, Ontario
- Skaha Beach, British Columbia
- Cobourg Beach, Ontario
- Grand Beach, Manitoba
- Art Gallery of Ontario
- Canadian War Museum, Ottawa
- Royal Ontario Museum
- Shopping Centers
- West Edmonton Mall
- Yorkville, Toronto
- ByWard Market, Ottawa
Even though the eTA to Canada is valid for 5 years or until your passport expires (whichever comes first), it is good to plan for your journey, especially the dates you will be in Canada, to avoid exceeding the 90-day limit. This way you will be able to enjoy all the beautiful places that the country has to offer. But, if your purpose is to travel for business, it is always good that you do a little research first, use social networks such as LinkedIn to establish connections in Canada before the travel, so you can get the most out of the trip.