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MEXLAW > Immigration  > Canada Lifts Travel Visa Requirement for Mexican Citizens

Canada Lifts Travel Visa Requirement for Mexican Citizens

As the US president-elect Trump continues to alienate Mexico and its citizens with threats of deportation and the infamous wall between the US and Mexico, Canada, on the other hand, is working towards a closer relationship with Mexico.

As of December 1st, 2016 the requirement for Mexican citizens to have a visa to visit Canada was lifted. Now Mexicans only require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

The visa requirement had been in effect since 2009 when the Conservative government implemented the process, causing tension between the countries.

When Prime Minister Trudeau was elected into office, he announced the intention to lift the visa requirement, stating “Lifting the visa requirement will deepen ties between Canada and Mexico and will increase the flow of travelers, ideas, and businesses between both countries.”

Mexicans traveling to Canada or through Canada will now require Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

The application process for an eTA is simple, and inexpensive costing only $7. The process takes just minutes to complete online and is completed within a couple of days. The eTA is linked to the passport and valid for five years or the passport expiry date depending which comes first.  Each member of the family is required to fill out an application. Print the receipt as the application will not be able to retrieve it later.

All visa-exempt foreign nationals require an eTA to fly to or transit through Canada, except for US citizens.

The application for eTA link can be found on the Canadian International website:

http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/mexico-mexique/media-presse/news-communiques_161124.aspx?lang=eng

The process for Mexicans looking to work or study in Canada remains the same, foreigners are required to apply for work or student permits before arriving in Canada.