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Old 03.03.2016, 12:43
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Canada - Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

I honestly just found out about this last night.

I'm kinda bummed, since I like travelling to Canada (vacation) with my Swiss passport (less questions).

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta.asp
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Re: Canada - Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Thanks for that. All thanks to the pressure they are getting from Uncle Sam (since we all know that the bad guys get in the US through Canada - not).

The TCS has a write up in this month's magazine.

They have a link in FR and DE with some more info on the "formalities".

FR:https://www.tcs.ch/fr/camping-voyage...ons/canada.php

Préparation au voyage & Formalités - expand
Select - Formalités d'entrée

DE: https://www.tcs.ch/de/camping-reisen...ele/kanada.php

Reisevorbereitung & Formalitäten - expand
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Re: Canada - Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

It is only 7 Cad and valid for up to 5 years(or the expiry date of the
passport).
The Esta (for the USA) will cost 14 USD (valid only 2 years).
The Evistior service for Australia is free of charge.
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Re: Canada - Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Had to do this a couple of weeks ago (NZ passport) - 7 CAD and took about 2 mins....easy peasy.
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Re: Canada - Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Despite getting the ok to travel, the canadian border security is pretty tough, the fees are high as well , if don't declare the luggage properly.
If everything is fine, you don't loose much time or money at the border check.
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Re: Canada - Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

This is the email sent out by the CDN embassy in Bern to explain the program.


Dear Canadians,

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 siac.registration-inscription@international.gc.ca 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.
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Re: Canada - Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

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It is only 7 Cad and valid for up to 5 years(or the expiry date of the
passport).
The Esta (for the USA) will cost 14 USD (valid only 2 years).
The Evistior service for Australia is free of charge.
My problem with this is very simple:
- it looks like a visa
- it smells like a visa
- it needs the same information like a visa
- it costs and generally works like a visa.


However did the EU once again not what they should: "Of course are we fine if you decide to unilaterally change our no-visa agreements. We'll just do the same then." When the US went crazy after 9/11 did only Brazil do the right thing: They mirrored whatever the US came up with - any inconvenience was the exact same. Otherwise is there no incentive at all to improve the situation once the paranoia is over. Unfortunately is Brazil on its own not important enough for the US. If the EU would do the same was it a different story.
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Re: Canada - Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

This is why I'm only occasionally Canadian. It's embarrassing sometimes... and still the border yoiks are dickheads even as a citizen. Takes hours, makes you feel like shit.

Got stopped at Halifax and grilled once about why I was going there - apparently "Home for my father's radiation therapy" wasn't a good enough answer. Eventually I dropped into full-on down home speak and she let me through, because I guess nobody but a born and raised Maritimer would ever talk like that.

Sigh.

Anyway, it was a Harper idea, so fingers crossed Trudeau Jr. will nix it.

Have a compensatory beaver.

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