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Eligible travellers from 13 more countries now qualify for visa-free travel to Canada

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People who want to visit, do business, or get together with friends and family often choose to go to Canada. We are dedicated to making our immigration services and programs more effective and equitable for people all over the world.

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The Good Sean Fraser, Priest of Migration, Displaced people and Citizenship, declared the expansion of 13 nations to the electronic travel approval (estimated time of arrival) program. When traveling by air to Canada, citizens of these nations who have either held a valid non-immigrant visa from the United States or a valid Canadian visa for the past ten years are now eligible to apply for an eTA rather than a visa. The program is available to eligible travelers from the following nations as of right now:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Costa Rica
  • Morocco
  • Panama
  • Philippines
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Seychelles
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Uruguay

For thousands of travelers, the introduction of visa-free air travel will make it quicker, simpler, and more affordable to visit Canada for up to six months for business or pleasure. In addition, it will contribute to the expansion of Canada’s economy by enhancing Canada’s relationships with these nations, facilitating additional travel, tourism, and international business, and ensuring the safety of Canadians.

This choice will likewise redirect large number of utilizations from Canada’s visa caseload, permitting us to deal with visa applications all the more productively, which will help all visa candidates.

It is still possible to travel to Canada with a visa that is currently in good standing. The individuals who are not qualified for an estimated time of arrival, or who are venturing out to Canada by implies other than air (for instance, via vehicle, transport, train and boat — including by voyage transport), will in any case require a guest visa. To find out if they are qualified for an eTA and how to apply for one, travelers can visit Canada.ca/eTA.

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