This new requirement is mandatory from 15 March 2016, however, travellers may apply online for their eTA from 1 August 2015.
The initiative, introduced by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, requires Australian travellers, who do not require a visa to enter Canada, to apply online, providing basic personal information similar to what is currently collected when they arrive in Canada.
The simple application process will be convenient and paperless, and most applicants will have their eTA approved within minutes. In addition, the new eTA system means travellers to Canada can expect a faster service upon arrival at the border.
The eTA, designed to protect the integrity of Canada’s immigration system, will cost $7 Canadian per individual and will be valid for up to five years from the date of issue.
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