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Canada tightens regulations for most visa-free visitors

Canada tightens regulations for most visa-free visitors

Taiwanese tourists traveling by air to Canada will soon have to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter the country, although they will still be able to do so visa-free.

With effect from March 15, Taiwanese and most other visa-free travelers will require an eTA to visit Canada or to make transit stops there, according to Canada's new entry requirements.

The eTA, however, will be needed by air travelers only, not those entering Canada by land or sea, although all visitors must carry acceptable travel documents and identification, the Canadian government said.

The new regulations apply to all visa-exempt foreign nationals flying to or transiting through Canada, except for U.S. citizens.

Applicants for an eTA must have a valid passport or accepted travel document, credit card, and an email address, according to the Canadian government.

It said the application process takes just a few minutes and the fee is C$7 (US$5).

The eTA application website has been up and running since last August, when the Canadian government announced the new measure ahead of its March 15, 2016 implementation.

The introduction of the eTA brings Canada's entry requirements in line with those of the United States, which requires visa-exempt visitors to obtain an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) before flying.

Canada granted Taiwan visa-free entry in 2010. It is one of the 161 countries and territories that have given Taiwan visa privileges.

(By Paul Chang and Elaine Hou)

Updated : 2021-05-06 15:57 GMT+08:00