Canada’s authorities says it desires to make travelling to the nation simpler, sooner and cheaper.
Canada is extending visa-free journey to a number of latest international locations.
An extra 13 nations can now go to the nation utilizing the digital journey authorisation (eTA) programme as a substitute of a customer visa.
Obtainable through a easy on-line utility, the eTA slashes ready occasions from weeks to minutes and prices 10 occasions much less.
Right here’s who can apply.
What’s Canada’s digital journey authorisation?
Canada’s eTA could be utilized for on-line and prices simply $7 CAD (€5). It may be utilized by sure passport holders when getting into Canada for enterprise or vacationer stays of as much as six months.
Nationals of 57 visa-exempt international locations and 10 British abroad territories who’re flying into Canada should apply for an eTA. They don’t want an eTA or journey visa when arriving by automotive, bus, practice or boat.
EU passport holders and residents of Iceland, Lichtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Switzerland, Vatican Metropolis State and the UK are included on this record.
Till now, just one nation that requires a Canadian visa – Brazil – was additionally eligible for the eTA. 13 extra international locations have now been added to this record.
However there’s a catch: visa-required eTA candidates should have held a Canadian customer visa up to now 10 years or at present maintain a legitimate United States nonimmigrant visa.
Which international locations now have visa-free entry to Canada?
The 13 visa-required international locations that may now make the most of Canada’s eTA programme, alongside Brazil, embody:
What are the advantages of Canada’s eTA?
The Canadian authorities says increasing visa-free air journey will make it sooner, simpler and extra inexpensive for hundreds of travellers to go to the nation.
At $100 CAD (€70) Canada’s customer visa is 10 occasions costlier than the eTA. The net utility requires you to add varied paperwork, in addition to your fingerprints and a photograph. When your utility is permitted, you have to ship your passport off to get the visa. The method often takes a couple of weeks in whole.
As compared, the eTA solely requires you to enter your passport and fee data in a brief on-line utility. That is then permitted inside minutes through electronic mail.
Canada additionally hopes that extending its eTA programme to extra international locations will enhance tourism whereas strengthening worldwide relations.