Canada's mandatory new pre-screening system for visa-exempt
visitors has been further extended until November 9, 2016. The
Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) system was to become
fully implemented for visitors to Canada from certain countries on
September 29, 2016. Immigration authorities have agreed to further
extend this deadline to give travelers and airlines more time to
"In consultation with airline partners, we're taking
further steps to minimize any travel disruptions," said
John McCallum, Canada's Minister of Immigration, Refugees and
Citizenship. "We are extending the leniency period and
doing another major information blitz in Canada and abroad to
encourage affected travelers, including dual Canadian citizens, to
plan ahead and get the necessary travel documents before they book
a flight to Canada."
The new requirement came into effect on March 15, 2016, but the
Canadian government introduced an initial period of leniency until
September 29, 2016. This has now been further extended until
November 9, 2016.
After that date, all those travelling by air to Canada from a
visa-exempt country will require an eTA.
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From foreign travellers to dual citizens and even Canada's own border agents: It seems everyone could do with clear guidance on exactly who requires an electronic travel authorization (eTA). The holiday period saw frequent cases of people not being able to travel because they sought admission without an eTA.
A new sponsorship form for those wishing to bring parents and grandparents to Canada is now available. Canadian citizens and permanent residents have until February 2, 2017 to submit an online, short form application after which 10,000 candidates will be drawn at random and invited to complete a full application.
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