Finally the wait is over on Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)… The date for the implementing Canada’s new pre-screening system for visa-exempt visitors has been announced.
Starting September 29, 2016, travelers to Canada from certain countries must have an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) before they enter Canada even if they are flying through. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and persons with a valid Canadian visa.
Until then, travelers will be able to board their flight as long as they have appropriate travel documents, such as a valid passport. During this leniency period, border services officers can let travellers arriving without an eTA into the country, as long as they meet the other requirements to enter Canada.
The system, which came into operation on March 15, 2016, is similar to the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) currently in use by the United States of America.
The requirement for Canadian pre-approval system will only be for TRV-exempt individuals seeking to enter Canada by air to visit on a temporary basis. There is a fee of $7.00 Canadian dollars for processing. Electronic travel authorization will be valid for a period of 5 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:
- The day on which the applicant’s passport or other travel document expires,
- The day on which the electronic travel authorization is cancelled, or
- The day on which a new electronic travel authorization is issued to the applicant.
The ETA will include the applicant’s name, date and place of birth, gender, address, nationality, and passport and/or travel document information. If the applicant is unable to make the application by means of the electronic system because of a physical or mental disability, it may be made by another means, including a paper application form.
In 2012–2013, the total number of visa-exempt foreign nationals who arrived in Canada and were deemed inadmissible for entry at air ports of entry was 7,055. This resulted in significant expense, delay and inconvenience for these foreign nationals, other travellers, the airlines and the Canadian government.
Citizens of the following countries must obtain an eTA in order to enter Canada as of September 29, 2016:
|Andorra||Anguilla||Antigua & Barbuda|
|Turks and Caicos||United Kingdom||United States of America|