Canada eliminates visa for eTA

Cancun, Q.R. — Beginning next week, Mexican nationals flying into Canada will no longer have to apply for a visa.

As of midnight December 1, 2016, visas for Mexican passport holders will not be required to enter the country, but instead, can enter Canada with an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Entry requirements for other methods of travel such as land and sea have not changed.

The new electronic method of obtaining travel permission will replace the visa that has been in place since 2009.

According to Government of Canada website, “Until 23:59 EST November 30, 2016, you need a visa to travel to or transit through Canada. As of December 1, 2016 you will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to travel to or transit through Canada.

“Starting at 00:01 EST November 25, 2016 you can apply in advance for an eTA online. If your application for an eTA is approved, it will be valid as of December 1, 2016. This means you cannot travel with the eTA until 00:01 EST December 1, 2016.

“If you already have a valid Canadian visa you don’t need to apply for an eTA. You can travel with your visa until it expires. If you want to apply for a visa before November 30, you will not be able to apply online.”

They also explain that, “Visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travelers with a valid Canadian visa. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents cannot apply for an eTA.”

An eTA costs $7.00 CAD and is usually approved online within a few minutes.

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