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Canadian eTA: Grace period extended by two months to Nov. 9

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Canadian government has announced that it will extend the leniency period for its newly-launched Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) requirement for another two months to give travelers and airliners more time to prepare for changes.

According to the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT), which represents the country's interests in Taiwan in the absence of official diplomatic ties, Taiwanese passport holders must apply for an eTA to visit Canada starting March 15.

The Canadian government originally set a six-month leniency period, which runs through the end of this month, to prevent travelers from encountering disruptions during Canada's busy summer travel season.

With the original leniency period about the conclude, CTOT said its government has decided to extend the leniency period for another two months until Nov. 9.

Starting Nov. 10, visa-exempt foreign nationals, including Taiwanese passport holders, are required to possess an eTA to fly to or transit through Canada.

Those who hold dual Canadian and Taiwanese citizenship cannot apply for an eTA. Dual citizens will no longer be able to enter Canada with their Taiwanese passport, but will be required to hold a valid Canadian passport to board their flight, starting Nov. 10.

Taiwanese with permanent residency in Canada are not eligible for an eTA either.

According to the office, an eTA is valid for five years or until a passport expires, whichever comes first. This means travelers can fly to Canada without reapplying as long as their eTA and passport remain valid.

The office said applying for an eTA requires a simple online process that costs CA$7 (NT$170).

In most cases, the eTA is granted within minutes of applying, it added.

The Government of Canada website at canada.ca/eTA is the only valid site for eTA applications. A number of companies have established websites that charge fees to submit eTA applications. However, these companies are not operating on behalf of the Government of Canada, the CTOT stressed.

For more information on the Canadian eTA, the office urges travelers to log on to http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta-facts-zh2.asp.

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