On June 6 2023, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced the inclusion of 13 new countries in Canada’s electronic travel authorization (eTA) programme. This allows citizens from these countries visa-free air travel to Canada. It includes citizens of Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and St Lucia, all of which offer citizenship-by-investment programmes.
What if you currently hold a valid visa? You can continue to utilize it for your travels to Canada. If you’re ineligible for an eTA or plan to enter Canada via means other than air (such as by car, bus, train, or boat), you’ll still be required to obtain a visitor visa. Visit Canada.ca/eTA to determine your eTA eligibility and learn how to apply.
The introduction of visa-free air travel will expedite and streamline the process for thousands of visitors, whether for business or leisure, allowing them to stay in Canada for up to six months and divert a significant number of applications to the eTA programme, resulting in more efficient processing for all visa applicants.
Jon Green, Managing Partner of Latitude North America, commented that “this will certainly give a boost to citizens of Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and St Lucia. “Canada is a highly desirable visa-free travel destination known for its breathtaking landscapes, multicultural cities, and welcoming atmosphere.” “From the majestic Rocky Mountains to vibrant urban centres like Toronto and Vancouver, Canada offers a diverse range of attractions and experiences. Canada also has a reputation for safety and hospitality.”
With immediate effect, as an eligible traveller from the following countries you can take advantage of this programme:
This initiative aims to boost Canada’s economy by encouraging travel, tourism, and international business. It will also foster stronger relationships with the aforementioned countries, all while maintaining the safety of Canadians.
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