Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has recently announced that Canada will be lifting its Visa requirements for Mexican citizens visiting, studying or working in Canada starting from December 1st, 2016.
Meanwhile, Mexican visitors are still required to apply for a Visa when coming into Canada for travel-, study- and work-related reasons until November 30th, 2016. A Visa will allow visitors to stay for six months from the day they enter Canada.
Mexican citizens should be aware that all visa-exempt foreign nationals (excluding U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa) are now required to get an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) when flying or passing through Canada. Starting from December 1st 2016, Mexican visitors will also need an eTA prior to boarding their flight. According to the Canadian government, the eTA is electronically linked to the visitor’s passport and is valid up to five years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first.
“Canada is pleased to deliver on the government’s commitment to lift the visa requirement for Mexican nationals,” Prime Minister Trudeau recently stated. “We look forward to the social and economic benefits that lifting the visa requirement will bring to both countries, especially to the middle class here in Canada.”
Further information about when Mexican visitors can start to apply for the eTA will be provided by the Canadian government before the visa lift.