The Government of Canada has introduced new entry measures that will require all those travelling to Canada under the Canada visa waiver to obtain eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) prior to boarding the flight bound to Canada.
Effective March 15th, 2016, travelers taking the flight for Canada or transiting at Canada without visa, will be asked to hold eTA at the time of travel. For those who have not applied for eTA may be denied to board the flight.
eTA application can be done through website. The response and issuance of eTA will be sent via e-mail, within minutes of application. For this reason, last minute application is also acceptable, however it is recommended to apply when the journey is planned. During the application process, passport information and e-mail address will be required. Also, payment of the application fee (7CAD) needs to be completed with credit card.
The validity of the eTA is five years or until the expiration date of the passport used to apply for the eTA. (eTA will no longer be valid if the passport expires first.)
This rule does not apply to Canadian nationals, the nationals of the U.S.A, Canadian permanent residents and Canadian visa holders. The permanent residents of the U.S.A will require eTA when flying into Canada.
For nationals who can transit without visa in Canada, eTA is not required for transit.
For more details, please refer to the application website listed below or the website of the Government of Canada.
(1)eTA Application website Canada.ca/eTA
(2)Information on eTA: The Government of Canada http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFIVPOLVVtc&sns=em
December 28, 2015