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New entry requirement for Canada

Bermudians travelling to Canada will soon need an Electronic Travel Authorisation to enter the country, according to the Consulate General of Canada.

As of September 30, eTAs will be required by citizens of several countries that had not previously required an entry visa.

According to the Government of Canada website, eTAs will cost $7 CAD, and can be approved within minutes of application, but the Canadian Government advises that travellers apply before they book their flights as some applications may take a matter of days to process.

A statement said: “Persons who require eTA should apply now at Canada.ca/eTA in order to avoid any delays.

“As of September 30 all air travellers will need to have appropriate documents to travel to Canada before they can board their flight.

“The eTA is valid for five years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first.”

Canadian dual citizens will not be eligible to apply for an eTA and will instead need to show proof that they are Canadian citizens as of September 30.

“Acceptable proof of Canadian citizenship to fly to Canada is a valid Canadian passport, a temporary passport or an emergency travel document,” the statement said.

It continued: “However, as both temporary passports and emergency travel documents are only issued under strict conditions and on a case-by-case basis, Canadian citizens are strongly encouraged to renew or obtain a Canadian passport as soon as they can and before the transition period ends.”

Be prepared: residents travelling to Canadian cities such as Toronto, above, now require an Electronic Travel Auuthorisation

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Published August 26, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated August 30, 2016 at 4:34 pm)

New entry requirement for Canada

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