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Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Clarifies Canada Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) Programme

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade advises that the Canadian Electronic Travel Authorization(eTA) is a new entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada by air.

The Ministry advises that citizens of approximately 58 countries, to include Australia, Austria, Barbados, Federal Republic of Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain and Singapore whose citizens do not require a visa to enter Canada will as of March 15, 2016, require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) before travelling to Canada. The authorization is electronically linked to your passport and is valid for five years or until your passport expires. The eTA is not a visa requirement but a simple travel authorization system that will allow for smooth immigration processing on arrival in Canada.

Therefore, the eTA does not affect the visa free entry that nationals of Antigua and Barbuda are currently afforded.

According to information posted by the Department of Citizenship and Immigration website of Canada, the eTA Program is a key commitment of the Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness Action Plan and will mirror the current U.S. Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) Program to ensure a common approach to screening travelers outside the North American perimeter.

The Ministry has been advised that starting August 1st, 2015, affected travelers to Canada will be able to apply for an eTA through an online application process. In the vast majority of cases, eTA applications will be approved through an electronic processing system within minutes and will cost $7.00 Canadian dollars.

Additional information can be obtained from the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada website at CIC-eTA-AVE@cic.gc.ca . Additional information is also available on the Canada Gazette website: http://canadagazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p2/2015/2015-0422/html/sor-dors77-eng.php .

For further clarification, persons may contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade at telephone number 128 462-1052.

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