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Thursday,  June 13, 2024 2:16 AM 

Leniency period for eTA ends Nov. 9, new short-term measure announced for dual Canadian citizens

Leniency period for eTA ends Nov. 9, new short-term measure announced for dual Canadian citizens

The federal government is reminding travellers to get the appropriate travel documents, including an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), if applicable, as effective Nov. 10, visa-exempt travellers (except United States citizens) will need one to board their flight to Canada. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, will need a valid Canadian passport to fly to or transit through Canada.

To help minimize travel disruptions for dual Canadian citizens however, the government has announced a short-term measure – available until Jan. 31, 2017 – for dual citizens whose second citizenship is from a visa-exempt country. These travellers can apply for a special authorization that will let them board their flight to Canada using their valid non-Canadian passport.

This measure applies only to dual citizens who have a flight to Canada that is leaving in less than 10 days and whose Canadian citizenship can be verified by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. If approved, the authorization will be valid for four days from the date of travel indicated in the application. Those not eligible for the authorization will need to contact the nearest Government of Canada office abroad to obtain the appropriate travel document.

The eTA entry requirement became mandatory for visa-exempt foreign nationals (other than U.S. citizens) travelling to Canada temporarily by air on Mar. 15, 2016. However, a leniency period was put in place from Mar. 15 until Nov. 9 to allow travellers and airlines more time to prepare for changes when flying to or transiting through Canada.