Travelweek Group Friday, November 4, 2016 Share Ottawa announces new short-term measure ahead of the end of eTA’s leniency period << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — With the Electronic Travel Authorization’s (eTA) six-month leniency period ending next week, the Government of Canada has announced a new short-term measure to help minimize travel disruptions for dual Canadian citizens.Starting Nov. 10, visa-exempt travellers (except U.S. citizens) will need an eTA to board their flight to Canada. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, will need a valid Canadian passport to fly to or transit through Canada.The new short-term measure, which will be available until Jan. 31, 2017, allows dual citizens whose second citizenship is from a visa-exempt country to apply for a special authorization that will let them board their flight to Canada using their valid non-Canadian passport.This measure is open to dual citizens who have an imminent flight to Canada (leaving in less than 10 days) and whose Canadian citizenship can be verified by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). If approved, the authorization will be valid for four days from the date of travel indicated in the application. Those not eligible for the authorization will need to contact the nearest Government of Canada office abroad to obtain the appropriate travel document.More news: Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises“eTA improves the safety of Canadians by allowing us to check that travellers are admissible before they board their flight, preventing those who are inadmissible from travelling to Canada in the first place,” said John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. “We have been doing everything we can to inform affected travellers about these new requirements, and I am pleased that we can now offer a short-term measure to help get some dual Canadian citizens who are not familiar with this new requirement onto their flight to Canada.”The eTA entry requirement became mandatory for visa-exempt foreign nationals (other than U.S. citizens) travelling to Canada temporarily by air on March 15, 2016. However, a leniency period was put in place from March 15 until November 9 so travellers unfamiliar with the eTA requirement could still board their flight to Canada.Here are a few quick facts about the program:Applying for an eTA is a simple online process that costs $7. Canada.ca/eTA is the only valid site where travellers can apply for an eTA.More than 2.3 million eTAs have been issued since the application went live on Aug. 1, 2015.Canadian permanent residents cannot apply for an eTA and, as usual, must show their valid permanent resident card or obtain a permanent resident travel document from the nearest Government of Canada office abroad when returning to Canada by air.Citizens of the U.S. are exempt from the eTA requirement. U.S. lawful permanent residents need an eTA and must present a valid U.S. permanent resident card (Green Card) and a valid passport when they check in for their flight to Canada. Tags: Canada Posted by
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