Brits must apply online to fly to Canada

28th Apr 2015
Written by: Eve Wonda

British citizens must gain online authorisation before they travel

Canada is a massively popular gap year destination, and for good reason. Moose! Amusing accents! Poutine! Canada has everything you could possibly desire for your backpacking adventure. And it’s soon to have a new program that will make it slightly (and we stress slightly) more complicated to visit.

Final regulations for Canada’s Electronic Travel Authorisation (known as eTA by cool people everywhere) have been published. Under these new rules British citizens will be required to obtain online authorisation before flying to Canada.

The good news is that this does not become mandatory until March 15, 2016, so if you’re going before then there’s no need to worry.

If you’re planning to travel to Canada’s green and pleasant land after that date, you’ll be able to apply for electronic travel authorisation from August 1, 2015. It involves the usual thrills of filling out an application and paying $7 for the privilege.

Further good news is that an authorisation is valid for five years from the day it’s issued, so if you’re planning on visiting lots and becoming an honorary Canuck, you won’t have to complete the application multiple times. That said, if your passport expires it will render your authorisation invalid, and it can be cancelled if the authorities have good reason. So behave yourselves.

The full and needlessly longwinded regulations can be found here.

Search

Anzac Day Tour

from £559

10 days

Turkey

Enhance your ANZAC experience & see the best of Turkey. Start your Anzac Day tour in Istanbul and experience an...

Byron Bay Startup Internship Program

from £2800

30 - 60 days

Australia

Join one of the world’s most innovative gap year programs and find out why our alumni have gone on to...

Adventure, Leadership and Outdoor Certifications

from £7500

65 days

Costa Rica, Panama

Discover your strengths, goals, and leadership style as you earn seven international certifications while hiking, rafting, diving, and rappelling your...

Grand Traverse – Both Islands

from £1400

15 days

New Zealand

In 2 weeks launching from Auckland you will see the best of both islands with a unique combination of camping...

Panoramic Peru

from £1335

11 days

Experience everything Peru has to offer, from ancient Inca ruins to delicious Pisco Sours. For an intro to Peru, this...

Belize Beach Conservation

from £695

7 - 140 days

Belize

On this project you will have the chance to explore and help monitor extensive areas of coral and vast seagrass...

International Engineering Internship In Indonesia

from £1035

30 days

Indonesia

Indonesia in recent years has drastically modernized the engineering industry and is rapidly developing the country's entire infrastructure.

Fiji Teaching & Community Projects

from £1195

28 - 180 days

Fiji

Earn your TEFL certificate while teaching or coaching sports at a school, gain valuable experience working on a government healthcare...

Volunteer at an Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand

from £779

7 days

Thailand

Care for elephants in an amazing sanctuary just 3 hours from Bangkok

Tenerife Marine Conservation

from £350

7 - 70 days

Spain

This project will give you the perfect opportunity to learn about these creatures and gain experience in conservation as your...

Search

Parades to Piazzas

from £1089

Throw caution to the wind as you travel from London to Rome, stopping to experience the magic of some of...

Tanzania Family Safari

from £1470

Travel to East Africa with your family and see this continent at its most wild. Roam the famous Serengeti National...

London Break – Hostel

from £209

Forget blowing precious pounds on overpriced accommodation. This four-day adventure allows you to explore London from the comfort of the...

Vietnam Family Holiday with teenagers

from £1650

Discover a different side of a much-loved country on this activity-focused trip through the northern half of Vietnam. Encompassing cycling...

Uzbekistan Discovered

From the remarkable mosques and Soviet architecture of Tashkent to the ancient capital of Khiva, follow the legendary Silk Road...

London Break – Hotel

from £289

Cor blimey! Welcome to the land of mushy peas, red phone boxes and James Bond. This four-day jaunt gives you...

Ecuador Amazon Jungle – 4 days

from £1085

Discover the secrets of the Ecuadorian Amazon on this breathtaking tour into the heart of the jungle. Take guided walks...

South Vietnam Getaway

from £455

Observe the contrast between Vietnam’s urban and rural regions while taking in cultural highlights of the south. Negotiate the labyrinthine...

Incredible India

If you’re looking for a taste of India’s world-class highlights but still want to explore some of its hidden gems,...

Best of Borneo

from £2287

Connect with your inner animal on a 12-day journey into the unusual and awe-inspiring landscapes of Borneo. Experience the otherworldly...

Search
[contact-form-7 id="4" title="Contact form 1"]