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Canada announces new entry requirements for nationals of visa-exempt countries

This is Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

eTAIt has come into play on August 1st as a voluntary program first; then next March, 2016, it becomes mandatory when travelling via commercial transfer – i.e. flights, bus or train.  If you travel via a private mode (car, for example), you are exempt.  US citizen are exempt, along with a number of specific categories like: the Queen of England and her heirs.

Since US is the only country where people can drive to Canada, everyone else has to come via commercial transportation – in essence, everyone.  If a UK citizen goes to US via a flight to Buffalo, and he can drive to CND, he does not need to get this authorization technically.  However, the border officer would ask “why one would do so” & investigate further potentially where the visitor must disclose any and all criminal records in the past, anyway.

Find out if you need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a visitor visa: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp