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New entry requirements being introduced in Canada next March

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by Ray Clancy on August 6, 2015

Canada has introduced a new entry requirement, known as an eTA, for visa-exempt foreign nationals entering the country by air which will become mandatory in 2016.

There are, however, exceptions which include United States citizens and travellers with a valid visa but they will need to provide property identification at the border such as proof of citizenship. Entry requirements for other methods of travel have not changed.

Foreign nationals entering Canada have a new entry requirement.

Foreign nationals entering Canada have a new entry requirement.

The new entry requirement will become mandatory on 15 March 2016 and travellers will need an eTA before they can board a flight to Canada. Eligible travellers have been able to apply online for an eTA since the beginning of August.

Online applicants will need their passport, a credit card, and an email address. There are a few questions to verify that you need an eTA with the authorisation taking a few minutes.

The eTA is electronically linked to an applicant’s passport and is valid for five years or until the passport expires. The price is currently set at $7.

People visiting Canada will also be required to have the normal set of travel documents such as medical certificates, letters of invitation and a passport.

Other changes are also being introduced in March 2016. People will need to travel with a Canadian permanent resident (PR) card or permanent resident travel document when flying to Canada. Otherwise, you may not be able to board a flight to Canada.

People can apply for a permanent resident travel document if they are a permanent resident outside Canada,  if they are planning to return to Canada by airplane, boat, train or bus, and do not have a valid PR card.

A travel document is normally only valid for one single entry and those needing a travel document for more than one entry to Canada should make this clear at the time of application and explain why they need multiple entries.

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