New eTA requirements for Canada

New eTA requirements for Canada

Aussies visiting Canada may now obtain an electronic Travel Authorisation before flying to Canada by applying online at canada.ca/eTA.

This new requirement is mandatory from March 15 2016, however travellers are encouraged to apply ahead of time as they plan their trip.

The initiative, introduced by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, requires Australian travellers, who do not require a visa to enter Canada, to apply online, providing basic personal information similar to what is currently collected when they arrive in Canada.

The simple application process is 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.

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.

The eTA, designed to protect the integrity of Canada’s immigration system, will cost $7 Canadian per individual and will be valid for up to five years from the date of issue.

Email the Travel Weekly team at traveldesk@travelweekly.com.au

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