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Ottawa, August 1, 2015–Canada has started phasing in its new entry requirement, known as Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada by air. Entry requirements for other modes of travel to Canada (land and sea) have not changed.
Starting today, citizens from countries other than the United States who do not normally need a visa to enter Canada can now go online and apply for their eTA ahead of the March 2016 mandatory enforcement date.
Applying for an eTA is a simple, inexpensive (CAD $7) and fast online process. In most cases, the eTA will be granted within minutes of an individual applying and the eTA will be valid for five years or until the traveller’s passport has expired, whichever comes first.
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