Certain citizens from Brazil, Romania and Bulgaria are now able to fly to Canada without the need of obtaining a Temporary Resident Visa (visitor visa). These people should only apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) which is a quicker and cheaper process, before they can board their flight.
This new rule is effective as of May 1. Keep in mind that this measure only applies to citizens from one of the three countries who have already held a Canadian visa in the last 10 years or that currently hold a valid United States (U.S.) visitor visa. People that don’t meet these criteria will still need a TRV.
A large number of eTAs
Did you know that more than 3.6 million eTAs have been issued to visa-exempt travelers since the system was first launched back on August 1, 2015? During November, last year, the system became mandatory for all visa-exempt travelers. Before this system was introduced, all visa-exempt foreign individuals that wanted to enter Canada were not systematically screened for admissibility until they arrived at a Canadian Port of Entry.
Before the individuals requiring an eTA can visit Canada, they need to fill out some personal information. Also, they have to answer a few basic questions mostly related to criminality or medical issues.
In order to complete the online form, you will need:
- a valid passport from a visa-exempt country
- a valid email address
- a credit card to pay the $7.00 CAD fee
- access to the internet and a few minutes of your time.
Starting from the day its first issued, the eTA will be valid for a period of five years to every applicant or until the earliest of the following days in cases when it occurs before the end of that period:
- the day on which the applicant’s passport or other travel document expires
- …on which a new electronic travel authorization is issued to the applicant or
- …on which the electronic travel authorization is cancelled
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