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Date for Full Implementation of electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) Announced

the CanadaVisa Team - 28 April, 2016

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Mark your calendars — the date for the full implementation of Canada's new pre-screening system for visa-exempt visitors has been announced. As of September 29, 2016, travellers to Canada from certain countries must have an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and persons with a valid Canadian visa.

Until September 29, 2016, travellers who do not have an eTA can board their flight, as long as they have appropriate travel documents, such as a valid passport.

The government of Canada had initially set a date of March 15, 2016 for full implementation of the system. However, a leniency period was announced in early March. At that time, it was announced that this leniency period would end in Autumn/Fall of 2016.

We now know that the end date for the period will be September 29. Travellers to Canada have been able to apply for and obtain an eTA since August, 2015, though it has not been mandatory to do so in order to be granted entry to Canada.

About electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

The system is similar to the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) currently in use by the United States of America. The Canadian pre-approval system will only be required for TRV-exempt individuals seeking to enter Canada by air to visit on a temporary basis. A fee of CAD $7.00 is required for processing. Electronic travel authorization is valid for a period of five years from the day on which it is issued to the applicant or until the earliest of the following days, if they occur before the end of that period:

The eTA includes the applicant’s name, date and place of birth, gender, address, nationality, and passport and/or travel document information. If the applicant is unable to make the application by means of the electronic system because of a physical or mental disability, it may be made by another means, including a paper application form.

A number of exemptions from the requirement to obtain pre-approval to travel are in place, including:

Who needs an eTA?

Unless otherwise exempt, citizens of the following countries must obtain an eTA in order to enter Canada as of September 29, 2016:

AndorraAnguillaAntigua & Barbuda
Czech RepublicDenmarkEstonia
JapanKorea (South)Latvia
New ZealandNorwayPoland
PortugalSan MarinoSingapore
Turks and CaicosUnited Kingdom


To learn more, review our comprehensive electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) FAQ.

If you have any questions or concerns about the process of obtaining an eTA and gaining entry to Canada, please send a detailed email to eta@canadavisa.com

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