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Foreign visitors to Canada to face electronic screening

Foreign visitors to Canada to face electronic screening

Starting Saturday, Ottawa will start accepting applications for electronic travel authorization from foreign travellers who wish to visit Canada by air.

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Foreign visitors flying into Canada from visa-exempt countries will soon have to submit their biographic, passport and other personal information through Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s website for pre-screening or face being denied entry when the border enforcement kicks in next March.
By:  Immigration reporter, Published on Tue Jul 28 2015

Millions of travellers will soon face another layer of red tape when they try to visit Canada.

Starting Saturday, Ottawa will start accepting applications for electronic travel authorization (eTA) from people who wish to travel to Canada by air.

Prospective travellers have until March 15 to submit their biographic, passport and other personal information through Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s website for pre-screening or face being denied entry when the border enforcement kicks in.

The new measure — part of the harmonization with the United States’ travel security system — will apply to most air passengers, including all applicants for study and work permits, as well as those who come from countries that currently do not require a visa to come to Canada.

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