August 13 2015
An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) prior to flying to Canada
Starting March 15, 2016, travelers to Canada from visa-exempt countries will need to secure an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) prior to flying to Canada.
Similar to the U.S. ESTA, the Canadian eTA may be obtained online. The eTA is an electronic registration and is not a visa.
It will be valid for five (5) years. The only documents required to apply are a valid passport, an email address and a credit card to cover for the seven (7) dollar application fee.
U.S. citizens are not affected by this new requirement, neither are travelers with a valid visa and Temporary foreign workers.
This new requirement targets tourists or business people who are nationals from visa-exempt countries such as the European Union Member States, Australia or Japan to name a few.