Visa waiver, electronic travel authorization for Mexican nationals begin Dec. 1

28 Nov 16

CANADA

IMPACT – MEDIUM

What is the change? Mexican nationals will be visa-exempt for travel to Canada beginning Dec. 1.

What does the change mean? Before Dec. 1, Mexican nationals must have a visa to enter Canada. On and after Dec. 1, they must apply for an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) in order to enter Canada without a visa from a consulate.

  • Implementation time frame: Dec. 1.
  • Visas/permits affected:  eTA.
  • Who is affected: Mexican nationals.
  • Business impact: The addition of Mexican nationals to the list of visitors eligible for visa-waived travel will ease short business trips.
  • Next steps: Mexican nationals may apply now for an eTA, but may not enter Canada with it until 12 a.m. EST Dec. 1.  

Background: Since Nov. 25, Mexican nationals have been able to apply for an eTA, but can only use an approved eTA for travel on or after Dec. 1. They do not need an eTA to enter Canada by land or sea.

For travel until 11:59 p.m. EST Nov. 30, Mexican nationals must continue to hold a visa.

B·A·L Analysis: Mexican nationals planning travel after Dec. 1 may now apply for an eTA. All visa-waived travelers are also reminded that they must now obtain an eTA online before boarding a flight to Canada.

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