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Mandatory electronic travel pre-authorization for visitors starts September 30th

August 3, 2016

A reminder for anyone involved in international trade or travel: Visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada will have the obligation to obtain in advance an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) beginning September 30, 2016. (Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa).

The new rule was to take effect in March 2016 but was postponed following consultations with the travel industry, allowing travellers who do not have an eTA will be able to board their flight, as long as they have appropriate travel documents, such as a valid passport.

Visitors are still strongly encouraged to obtain an eTA to avoid delays after landing in Canada. The new requirement applies, for instance, to business visitors from visa-exempt countries, such as Germany, France, Australia, Japan and South Korea. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid visa.

Foreign nationals who require an eTA must apply online through a Web site by entering biographic, passport and background information similar to the information that is currently requested by officers at ports of entry. It costs $7 CAD to get an eTA which. It will be valid for up to five years.

Links:

  Canada's Entry requirements by country

  Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

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