IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? Mexican nationals will be visa-exempt for travel to Canada beginning Dec. 1.
What does the change mean? Before Dec. 1, Mexican nationals must have a visa to enter Canada. On and after Dec. 1, they must apply for an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) in order to enter Canada without a visa from a consulate.
Background: Since Nov. 25, Mexican nationals have been able to apply for an eTA, but can only use an approved eTA for travel on or after Dec. 1. They do not need an eTA to enter Canada by land or sea.
For travel until 11:59 p.m. EST Nov. 30, Mexican nationals must continue to hold a visa.
B·A·L Analysis: Mexican nationals planning travel after Dec. 1 may now apply for an eTA. All visa-waived travelers are also reminded that they must now obtain an eTA online before boarding a flight to Canada.
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