The Government of Canada has introduced new entry measures that will require all those traveling to Canada under the Canada visa waiver program to obtain an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) prior to boarding flights bound to Canada.
Effective March 15, 2016, travelers taking flights for Canada or transiting at Canada without a visa, will be asked to hold an eTA at the time of travel. Those who have not applied for an eTA may be denied boarding of flights.
An eTA application can be done through website. The response and issuance of an eTA will be sent via e-mail, within minutes of application. For this reason, last minute applications are also acceptable. However, applying when the journey is planned is recommended. During the application process, passport information and an email address will be required. Also, payment of the application fee (CAD 7) needs to be completed using a credit card.
The validity of the eTA is five years or until the expiration date of the passport used to apply for the eTA (the eTA will no longer be valid if the passport expires first).
This rule does not apply to Canadian nationals, U.S. nationals, Canadian permanent residents and Canadian visa holders. Permanent residents of the U.S. will require an eTA when flying into Canada.
For nationals who can transit without a visa in Canada, an 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