People from Mexico will no longer need a visa to travel to Canada from next month and can now apply for an electronic travel authorisation (eTA) online.

Mexico is the latest country to be included in the new eTA programme which means that citizens from authorised countries flying into Canada or transiting through will not need a visitor visa.

Immigration officials are advising citizens of Mexico who are planning a trip in the coming months to apply online immediately for their eTA but they will not be able to use it until 01 December and will need a visa until then.

The eTA allows immigration officials to screen travellers before they board a plane to Canada. All foreign nationals from visa-exempted countries, except United States citizens, require an eTA to fly to or transit through Canada.

‘Being able to apply early for their eTA provides Mexicans travelling to Canada with time to get the travel document they need, to take full advantage of their anticipated visa free status in the immediate days after the visa lift,’ said Pierre Alarie, Canada’s Ambassador to Mexico.

Applying for an eTA cost $7 and is done via an online process that takes just minutes to complete. The eTA is electronically linked to a traveller’s passport and is valid for five years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first.

People can apply for an eTA using any device with an internet connection, including mobile phones. To complete the form, they need their passport, a credit card, an email address and access to the internet.

Mexican citizens who already have a valid Canadian visa do not need an eTA and can travel with their valid visa. However, once their Canadian visa expires, they will need to obtain an eTA.

They will not need an eTA if they are entering Canada by land or sea. Mexicans who want to work or study in Canada temporarily will still need to apply for work or study permits and officials added that Canadian dual citizens living in Mexico should continue to travel on their Canadian passport.

Citizens of Bulgaria and Romania can also now apply for an eTA and travel without a visa from the 01 December. Canada is expected to continue rolling out the eTA programme to other countries in the New Year.