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Deadline Extended for Canada's New Electronic Travel Authorization Program

In an update to Canada's announcement of a new Electronic Travel Authorization Program (eTA), Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has relaxed the eTA registration requirement until "fall 2016"

The New Electronic Travel Authorization Program

As we discussed in our previous post, Canada has now mandated registration in eTA for many individuals who do not require visas to travel to Canada. Introduced in August 2015, the program will become mandatory for many visa-exempt individuals traveling to Canada by air by the fall of 2016.

The original mandatory registration date of March 15, 2016 has been delayed and a "transition period" has been put in place.

Individuals traveling to Canada by land or sea continue to be exempt from registering. Citizens of the United States are also exempt from the eTA system regardless of whether they travel to Canada by air, land, or sea.

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Danielle Lifrieri