eTA Requirement Update
The Government of Canada has now set September 29, 2016 as the date by which travellers, excluding US Citizens and travelers with a valid Canadian visa, must apply for and receive the new mandatory 'Electronic Travel Authorization' commonly referred to as eTA's. This will be required prior to flying into Canada. Until that date, travellers who do not have an eTA can board their flight, as long as they have appropriate travel documents, such as a valid passport.
An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is an entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to or transiting through Canada by air which allows the Canadian Government to screen travellers before they arrive.
Though the program was introduced last August, the date on which the requirement was to become mandatory was set to be March 15, 2016. Just prior to that date, however, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”) announced that the mandatory implementation date would be postponed to a future date, as yet undetermined.