WVN – Canada is a destination of choice for visitors, businesspeople and international students. To encourage more travel and tourism, the Government of Canada is changing its entry rules to allow low-risk travellers from select visa-required countries to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through a Canadian airport.
“This initiative will make it easier for eligible travellers to come to Canada and to transit through a Canadian airport. It will also encourage them to make repeat visits. The end result will be more travel and tourism and more economic benefits for Canadians.” – The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Starting at 9 am EDT on May 1, 2017, citizens of Brazil, Bulgaria and Romania who have held a Canadian visa in the last 10 years or who currently hold a valid United States (U.S.) nonimmigrant visa will be eligible to apply for an eTA, instead of a visitor visa, to travel to Canada by air. Those who do not meet these criteria or are travelling to Canada by car, bus, train, or boat will still need a visitor visa.
The expansion of eTA to citizens from select visa-required countries is a natural next step following the successful rollout of eTA for citizens from visa-exempt countries. This will help promote legitimate trade and travel, while continuing to protect the safety of Canadians.