Tighter travel

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TRAVEL -

CANADA will tighten its rules on en­ter­ing the coun­try next month, adding a layer of se­cu­rity that will im­pact Euro­peans and oth­ers pre­vi­ously al­lowed to visit with­out a travel visa.

For­merly visa- ex­empt for­eign na­tion­als, in­clud­ing those pass­ing through on a stopover, will have to fill out an on­line Elec­tronic Travel Au­tho­riza­tion ( eTA) in ad­vance and pay a small ad­min­is­tra­tive fee ( C$ 7 ( RM21)), start­ing March 15.

The mea­sure is sim­i­lar to one set up by the United States in 2008, and will af­fect peo­ple from more than 50 coun­tries.

Amer­i­cans will be ex­empt. Any­one caught un­aware of the new reg­u­la­tions can ex­pect some le­niency in the be­gin­ning, said Robert Orr, deputy min­is­ter for im­mi­gra­tion.

He said the new rules will af­fect more than three mil­lion trav­ellers per year.

Af­ter com­plet­ing the on­line form, per­mis­sion to travel to Canada will be sent by email and will re­main in ef­fect for five years.

The eTA is meant to help au­thor­i­ties bet­ter screen trav­ellers for ad­mis­si­bil­ity, Orr told AFP.

He noted that Cana­dian se­cu­rity and in­tel­li­gence agen­cies al­ready do so but "not in a sys­tem­atic way."

The United States, fol­lowed by Bri­tain, France and China ( whose cit­i­zens re­quire a visa) are the top sources of tourists to Canada, ac­cord­ing to govern­ment fig­ures. – AFP Re­laxnews

Canada is tight­en­ing visa- free travel. — AFP

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