This is the email sent out by the CDN embassy in Bern to explain the program.
You are receiving this email because you are registered with the Government of Canada's Registration of Canadians Abroad service. Please share the following important information with other Canadian nationals in your area.
As of March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada are expected to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa. However, from March 15, 2016 until fall 2016, travellers who do not have an eTA can board their flight, as long as they have appropriate travel documents, such as a valid passport.
Checks will be conducted to ensure that all air travellers have the appropriate documents to enter Canada before they board the flight.
These changes could affect you even if you are a Canadian citizen. For example, if you have dual citizenship, such as:
a)A Canadian citizen and a citizen of a visa-exempt country, or
b)A Canadian citizen and a citizen of a visa-required country
You will need to make sure that you travel with a valid Canadian passport. Your Canadian passport is the only reliable and universally accepted identification document that proves that you have a right to enter Canada. If you do not have a valid Canadian passport and present a foreign passport or other document during check in, you may experience delays or be prevented from boarding your flight to Canada.
We invite you to take this opportunity to double check the expiry date of your Canadian passport. You should never allow your Canadian passport to expire when you are outside of Canada. If your passport has expired or is about to expire, please be sure to submit an application for a new passport without delay.
For more information on the new Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), please consult the Government of Canada website: www.canada.ca
. Follow the links to “Visit Canada”.
The same website provides links to the forms you will need to renew or replace your passport.
If you have already left and are no longer in Switzerland, please send an email to our Registration of Canadians Abroad email address at firstname.lastname@example.org
in order to end your registration in our system.
We encourage you to stay connected with the latest travel advice and advisories, via the web at http://travel.gc.ca
, our mobile TravelSmart application, available at http://travel.gc.ca/mobile
, and our RSS feeds at http://travel.gc.ca/rss
. You may also follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/travelGoC
or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/travelGoC
Canadians in need of emergency consular assistance should call the Embassy of Canada to Switzerland and Liechtenstein in Bern, Switzerland at +41 (0)31.357.3200 or the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa directly at +1 613 996 8885 (collect calls are accepted where available). An email can also be sent to email@example.com
Consular Section www.switzerland.gc.ca
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