THE Canadian Government’s new mandatory entry requirement known as Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) has officially come into effect.

This means that visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada are expected to obtain clearance, with applications to be completed online at for CA$7.00.

eTA’s are valid for a period of five years or until the passport expires (whichever comes first), with the clearance only required for air travel, as those crossing land borders or arriving by cruise ship are exempt.

Clearance is typically granted within moments online and once cleared, travellers will be free to make unlimited trips to the North American destination within the validity period.

The Canadian Government’s website highlights a leniency period during the new transition, stating “border services officers can let travellers arriving without an eTA into the country, as long as they meet the other requirements to enter Canada”.

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