Canada officially announced on Tuesday the relaxation of its visa regime for Argentines, through the processing of an electronic travel authorization (eTA).
It is a measure that implies "a qualitative improvement in the migratory treatment". In a statement, the Argentine Foreign Ministry valued the measure as "another example of the excellent state of relations between the two countries."
Although Argentine travelers require a visa to enter Canada, an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) can be processed by those who already hold a valid and current U.S. nonimmigrant visa, or those who have obtained a Canadian visitor visa in the last decade.
As detailed, unlike a visa, the eTA is an online, simple and fast procedure that can be accessed by Argentine citizens who meet any of the two above requirements and the conditions listed on the official website of the Government of Canada.
Once the eTA is approved, you can fly into Canada. Photo Enrique García Medina
The eTA will cost about 7 Canadian dollars, that is, about 5.20 US dollars.
Once that request is approved, they will be able to enter Canada by plane to make their visit.
In turn, the Embassy clarified that people who do not meet the requirements to obtain an eTA, or who travel to Canada by car, bus, train and boat -including a cruise-, will continue to need a visitor visa.
The complete processing of the eTA is carried out in much shorter deadlines and has a significantly lower cost.
The new alternative directly benefits Argentine citizens who wish or need to travel to this country, and it is expected that it will become a useful instrument to promote and expand the existing exchanges between Argentina and Canada, both at the commercial, cultural, academic and tourist levels, among others.
Over the last few years, the Argentine Government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy in Canada, had expressed its interest in our country being included in this special program, for which it thanked the Canadian Government for the decision finally adopted.