Canada's Embassy: Romanian citizens can apply for Electronic Travel Authorization starting 1 May

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Romanian eligible citizens can apply starting 1 May, 16:00hrs, for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), instead of a visa, to be able to fly to or transit an airport of Canada, a Canadian Embassy release informs.

Canada's diplomatic representation points out that the Romanian citizens who have held a Canadian visa over the past ten years or currently holding a valid US visa will be able to apply for eTA, and the persons not meeting these requirements will continue to need a visit visa. It is worth mentioning that all Romanian citizens who wish to enter or re-enter Canada by car, bus, train, boat or aboard a cruise ship will still need a visa.

"eTA will simplify the access of many Romanian citizens to Canada. Applying for eTA is an uncostly, simple, electronic process (worth 7 Canadian dollars), taking up a few minutes. eTA is valid for up to five years and allows travelers to fly to Canada as frequently as desired, on short periods (generally up to six consecutive months), for studies, transit through a Canadian airport, tourist visas or business travels. In most cases, eTA is granted within a few minutes since applying," the release reads.

According to Ambassador Kevin Hamilton, Canada grants a major importance to the partnership with Romania, and the simplification of the travel procedures encourages a deeper mutual understanding and further creates opportunities for consolidating the human, trade and travel connections.

According to the Embassy's release, the Government of Ottawa plans on lifting the visa requirements for all Romanian citizens starting December 2017, when the Romanian citizens will no longer need a visa to enter Canada for periods of up to six months, traveling either by plane or on land or sea. However, they will still need the eTA to board a flight to Canada, same as in the case of other visa exempt travelers, the source underscores. AGERPRES (RO — author: Catalin Alexandru, editor: Florin Marin; EN — author: Adina Panaitescu, editor: Rodica Ionita)

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