13 new countries in Canada's e-travel authorization program
13 new countries in Canada’s e-travel authorization program
Canada is a favored destination for individuals seeking to travel, conduct business, or reunite with loved ones. To enhance our immigration programs and services worldwide, we are dedicated to making them more streamlined and fair.
The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, has announced the inclusion of 13 additional countries in the electronic travel authorization (eTA) program. Individuals from these countries who have held a Canadian visa within the past 10 years or possess a valid non-immigrant visa from the United States can now apply for an eTA instead of a visa when flying to Canada. Effective immediately, eligible travelers from these countries can avail themselves of the following benefits through this program:
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- Antigua and Barbuda
- Costa Rica
- St. Kitts and Nevis
- St. Lucia
- St. Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
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The introduction of visa-free air travel will expedite, simplify, and reduce costs for thousands of visitors who wish to spend up to six months in Canada for either business or leisure purposes. Moreover, this initiative will contribute to the growth of Canada’s economy by promoting increased travel, tourism, and international business. Additionally, it will foster stronger relationships between Canada and these countries, while ensuring the safety of Canadians.
Furthermore, this decision will redirect a significant number of applications from Canada’s visa workload, allowing us to process visa applications more efficiently. This efficiency improvement will benefit all visa applicants.
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Individuals who currently possess a valid visa can continue to utilize it for their travels to Canada. Those who are ineligible for an eTA or plan to enter Canada by means other than air (e.g., by car, bus, train, boat, including cruise ships) will still require a visitor visa. Travelers can visit Canada.ca/eTA to determine their eTA eligibility and learn how to apply for one.