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Do you have your eTA to fly to Canada? Leniency period for travellers ends soon

Friday, 05 August 2016

Visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa.

The Government of Canada put in place a leniency period to ensure travelers caught unaware of eTA were not inconvenienced. However, this leniency period ends on September 29, 2016, and, as of September 30, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals will need an eTA to board their flight to Canada, unless they are otherwise exempted.

Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, cannot apply for an eTA because eTA was set up to screen foreign visitors for admissibility to enter Canada. As of September 30, 2016, Canadian dual nationals, including those whose second citizenship is from a visa-exempt country, will need to present a valid Canadian passport, as proof of citizenship, to board their flight to Canada.

For more information for dual Canadian citizens, visit: http://ow.ly/Xy1sA

For more information about the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), visit: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta.asp 

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