The Canadian government has announced the addition of 13 countries to its electronic travel authorization program, eTA. A document electronically linked to a traveler’s passport, the eTA is the new procedure put in place by the Canadian government to facilitate entry for visa-exempt foreigners.
This electronic document is valid for a maximum of five years or until the passport expires, according to Canada’s official source.
Are you traveling to Canada by plane? You may be eligible to apply for an electronic travel authorization (eTA) in lieu of a visa application for travel to Canada.
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– IRCC (CitImmCanEN) June 9, 2023
And so, in a recent press release, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Sean Fraser, announced the addition of new countries to the eTA programme. Issue 13, the list did not include Algeria.
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Granted to aliens who are exempt from visa requirements, to enter Canada, by air or for a purpose other than immigration (transit, business trips, etc.), an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) also includes lawful permanent residents of the United States with valid status in Uncle Sam Land.
(1/2) An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is an entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals traveling to Canada by air.
An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is a document that is electronically linked to a traveler’s passport. pic.twitter.com/VuRERQwpEw
– EIC (EIC_IEC) June 6, 2023
However, the Canadian government has pointed out that “an electronic travel authorization (eTA) does not guarantee entry into Canada. Upon your arrival, a border services officer will ask you for your passport and other documents. You must convince the officer that you have the right to enter Canada,” reads the Canadian government website.
Canada: List of new visa-exempt countries
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Costa Rica
- The Kingdom of Morocco
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Lucia Street
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
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