End of visa exemptions for Canada

End of visa exemptions for Canada

All travelers from countries normally exempt from entry visas to Canada, as European citizens, must present from November 10 to the Canadian border police an electronic travel authorization (ETA).

All travelers will need to apply online

Originally scheduled on March 15 2016 and then postponed for technical reasons on 30 September, sesame must be requested online by each traveler. You can ask for your ETA application online here.

Canadian equivalent to the current visa waiver program in the United States since 2008 (ESTA), ETA was originally to be compulsory from last winter.

For Immigration Minister John McCallum, the authorization of electronic travel “increases the safety of Canadians by enabling us to verify the eligibility of travelers before they take their flight and to stop immediately those territory forbidden to travel to Canada. “

The Canadian government, however, had difficulties in setting up the platform to issue the document electronically, requiring several months to postpone the requirement for passengers to be provided on arrival at the border.

In September, Canada was again rejected this requirement, he said, “give to travelers and airlines more time to prepare for the changes.”

According to the Department of Immigration, 2.3 million eTA Applications have been issued since 1 August 2015 and is valid for 5 years.