The implementation date for the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) scheme has been deferred from March 15th, 2016 till sometime this fall. Travellers, who don’t have an eTA, and need one, are still eligible to board their flight from March 15th, as long as they need acceptable travel documents, like a legitimate passport and such. The Liberal Government under Justin Trudeau has given travellers from visa-exempt countries a six-month grace amount to go with a brand new pre-screening, bowing to calls from trade representatives who have in recent months expressed issues over the temporal arrangement of the new demand.
As statement on the Canadian Government’s Immigration website said, “However, from March 15, 2016 until fall 2016, travellers who do not have an eTA can board their flight, as long as they have appropriate travel documents, such as a valid passport”.
Some 3 million travellers flying to or passing through Canada are going to need to be offered what’s referred to as an before boarding their flight, in line with the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. The new demand, results of a 2011 joint border security project with the US, is meant to make it easier and quicker for low risk travellers to travel to Canada.
The website also added, “During this time, border services officers can let travellers arriving without an eTA into the country, as long as they meet the other requirements to enter Canada.”
The new demand applies to foreign nationals who do not commonly need a visa to visit Canada like citizens of the UK, Australian and France, among others, as are permanent residents of the US. However, US nationals and travellers with a legitimate Canadian visa are exempted from this new demand. Canadian nationals, individuals with dual citizenships, and permanent residents of Canada don’t have to apply for an eTA.
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