With thousands of Australians starting to book their spring/summer adventures in Canada, travellers are advised to obtain an electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) before flying to Canada.
However, leniency will be shown to travellers who are caught unaware, provided they are not otherwise inadmissible, with entry to Canada granted without an eTA from March 15 2016, until the end of September 2016.
This leniency period ensures travelling to Canada remains easy and stress-free throughout the popular summer season.
The eTA initiative, introduced by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, requires Australian travellers, who do not require a visa to enter Canada, to apply online at canada.ca/eTA, providing basic personal information similar to what is currently collected when they arrive in Canada.
The simple online application process, costing just $7 CAD, is convenient and paperless, with most eTAs 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, is electronically linked to the traveller’s passport and is valid for five years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first.
Last minute applications can be made on any device with an internet connection, including mobile phones.
The Consulate General of Canada is urging travellers to use the official website to register for an electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA), after reports of ‘scam’ websites charging up to $122 for the application.