Introduction of Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) to Canada from March 15th, 2016


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Announcement from the Canadian Tourism Commission:

“Under Canada’s Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA), citizens from countries other than the United States, who do not need a visa to enter Canada, will need to obtain online authorisation before flying to Canada, unless otherwise exempted.

This new entry requirement is not mandatory until March 15th, 2016.

However, beginning on August 1, 2015, eligible travellers will have the opportunity to go online and apply for their eTA. The earlier travellers get their eTA, the sooner they will benefit from knowing they have been pre screened to enter Canada.

A fee of $7 is payable for processing an application for an electronic travel authorisation (eTA) and the application must be made by means of an electronic system that is to be made available by the Department (Citizenship and Immigration Canada/CIC)) for that purpose.

An eTA is valid for a period of five years from the day on which it is issued to the applicant or until the earliest of the following days, if they occur before the end of that period:

a) the day on which the applicant’s passport or other travel documents expires

b) the day on which the eTA is cancelled or

c) the day on which a new eTA is issued to the applicant

Should you have any questions concerning the eTA programme please contact the CIC directly at CIC-ETA-AVE@cic.gc.ca”

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