28 MARCH 2016
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BTN would like to thank Phil Bloomfield from Cheapflights for his note reminding us (and readers) of recent changes for British travellers intending to travel to Canada.
He says that while travellers may be aware that Canada was introducing an electronic travel authorisation (eTA), the feedback is company has had from users is that many didn't realise it was happening quite so soon. "With the Canadian dollar comparatively weak at the moment versus the pound, we’re seeing double-digit annual growth for searches on travel to Canada – so it's important that Brits don't get caught out," he points out.
“Applying for the document is a fairly simple process but it's important, and in most cases the eTA will be granted within minutes of applying and will be electronically linked to your passport. Once approved, an eTA is valid for five years, or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. You can make multiple visits to Canada with a valid eTA, so getting one now will bring peace of mind if you plan to return.”
Dealing directly with the government of Canada, the cost is only CAN$7. www.cic.gc.ca www.cheapflights.co.uk
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