Lonely Planet Writer

Canada's new electronic permits face teething problems

Canada has been experiencing delays with its newly introduced ETA system, an electronic permit that’s been introducing for visitors travelling to or through the country.

Air Canada
Air Canada Image by Aero Icarus / CC BY-SA 2.0

Starting on 15 March Canada will be rolling out its new system, which will see previously visa-exempt  travellers having to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorisation in order to visit or transit through the country. But the government has admitted it is experiencing delays with the process. “We are experiencing system issues that may not allow certain nationalities to apply for an ETA. We are working to resolve this issue. Thank you for your patience,” it wrote on its website. So far only Israeli travellers are affected, but the government is warning travellers planning on visiting Canada to apply for their permit well in advance. It can be applied for online in just a few minutes and costs £3.40.

Amazing archaeological find in Canada.
Canadian flag. Image by tuchodi / CC BY 2.0

The ETA system has been introduced to fall in line with the USA’s ESTA system which requires visa-exempt travellers to apply for an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) before flying.

The permits can be applied for here