New passport requirements by Canada will be officiated later this month, forcing those with dual citizenships to carry valid Canadian passports, to set foot into the country when travelling by air.
September 30th onwards, all air travelers ought to have relevant documents for travel to Canada before boarding their flight. According to a statement posted on the Canadian Govt website…“A valid Canadian passport is the only reliable and universally accepted travel document that provides proof that you are a citizen and have the right to enter Canada without being subjected to immigration screening”.
Even though the new requirement (known as the ‘Electronic Travel Authorization’ or eTA) was launched earlier this year, it hasn’t been enforced nor followed strictly. Yet, the government has been encouraging dual citizens to secure a valid Canadian passport
A notice on a Canadian government website reads – “Leniency will be shown to travelers who are caught unaware until September 29th, 2016.” The new requisite currently only applies to air travel.
Before this amendment, Canadians who bear dual citizenship were allowed to enter Canada normally, with their non-native passports and could use a driver’s license or a citizenship card to prove their Canadian citizenship. Henceforth, it is a must for air travelers to either carry a valid Canadian passport, a Canadian emergency travel document or a Canadian temporary passport for proof of citizenship.
US citizens and US-Canadian citizens can still fly into Canada on a valid U.S. passport.