Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Clarifies Canada Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) Programme

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ANTIGUA — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade advises that the Canadian Electronic Travel Authorization(eTA) is a new entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada by air.

The Ministry advises that citizens of approximately 58 countries, to include Australia, Austria, Barbados, Federal Republic of Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain and Singapore whose citizens do not require a visa to enter Canada will as of March 15, 2016, require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) before travelling to Canada.

The authorization is electronically linked to your passport and is valid for five years or until your passport expires. The eTA is not a visa requirement but a simple travel authorization system that will allow for smooth immigration processing on arrival in Canada.

Therefore, the eTA does not affect the visa free entry that nationals of Antigua and Barbuda are currently afforded.

For further clarification, persons may contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade at telephone number 128 462-1052.