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Canada to shake up entry for Aussies

Canada is set to introduce a compulsory entry authorisation for Australian travellers heading to the country.

Canada is set to introduce a compulsory entry authorisation for Australian travellers heading to the country.

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In a new initiative expected to be introduced from April 2015, Australian citizens visiting Canada will need to obtain an online authorisation before flying to Canada, called an electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA).

The initiative, introduced by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, will require Australian travellers, who do not require a visa to enter Canada, to apply online for an eTA, providing basic personal information similar to what is currently collected when they arrive in Canada.

The simple application process will be convenient and paperless, and most applicants will have their eTA approved within minutes. In addition, the new eTA system will mean 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, will cost $7 Canadian per individual and will be valid for up to five years.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada is planning a robust communication campaign from January 2015 to increase awareness of this initiative before the expected launch in April.

For further information visit: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/acts-regulations/forward-regulatory-plan/eta.asp