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Canada to launch mandatory entry authorisation

Scheme similar to United States’ ESTA initiative

Australians travelling to Canada will need to obtain an authorisation before flying there in a scheme expected to be introduced by the Canadian government in April 2015.


Aussies heading to Canada, who do not require a visa to enter the country, will need to apply online for the authorisation, called an electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA).


In the application, Australian citizens will need to provide personal information similar to what is currently required upon arrival into the country.


With most applicants to be granted approval within minutes, the application process is expected to be simple and convenient.


The authorisation also means visitors can expect faster service by Canadian immigration officials.


The eTA will cost CA$7 per person and will be valid for up to five years.


The United States launched a similar program in 2009 called ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization).

Costing US$14, ESTA is only valid for two years.


For further information on eTA, visit


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 8 September 2014

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