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Mandatory electronic travel pre-authorization for visitors delayed until November 10

Septembre 21, 2016

The government of Canada announced it was extending the leniency period for the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) requirement until November 9, 2016, in order to give travellers and airlines more time to prepare for changes when flying to or transiting through Canada.

(Ottawa also advises that, starting November 10, 2016, Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, will need a valid Canadian passport to board their flight to Canada otherwise they will experience delays.)

Beginning November 10, all visa-exempt travellers (except United States [U.S.] citizens) will need an eTA to board their flight.

The new rule was to take effect in March 2016 but was first postponed to September 30th 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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