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Topic # 204668 12-Oct-2016 13:02
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Found out from a friend




If you live in a visa waiver country (NZ is) then you do the eta online and pay $7CAD so not as much as the US ESTA.


Leniency period until 9 November after which you have to have the authorisation.


Luckily the friend told me as I am off to Canada soon but then will be departing on 5 Nov so should fall into the leniency period.

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  Reply # 1649807 12-Oct-2016 14:41
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I travelled to Canada in late July/early August (in the previous leniency period which expired at the end of September) without the ETA and none of the border officers even mentioned it. I flew in to Canada, drove across to the US and back to Canada and then flew out)


Buried in the FAQ's is further info. Importantly, it's valid for 5 years and is NOT required when you enter Canada by land or sea (but do need proper id e.g. passport)


Seems like they've had a few hiccups with introducing this - leniency period has been extended and Canadians with dual citizenship are required to use their Canadian passport - but only if they fly in! See ETA story


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  Reply # 1651935 16-Oct-2016 15:24
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Great, another VISA in-drag that we have to file and pay for. At least CIC haven't added a tourism promotion charge like the USA has, well yet anyway.

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