From March next year, Canada is requiring all non-US foreign citizens travelling there by air to apply for a new entry requirement. Known as an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA),
it applies to all visa-exempt foreign nationals from March 15, 2016.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada is encouraging all potential visitors to apply online, providing basic personal information similar to what is currently collected when they arrive in Canada.
The application process is described as convenient and paperless, and most applicants will have their eTA approved within minutes. In addition, the new eTA system means travellers to Canada can expect a faster service upon arrival at the border.
The eTA is electronically linked to the traveller’s passport and is valid for five years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first. The cost is $C7.
Last minute applications can be made on any device with an internet connection, including mobile phones. Most applicants can expect an email response within minutes of applying.