Bulgarian and Romanian Citizens No Longer Require Entry Visa for Canada

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As of December 1, 2017, Bulgarian and Romanian citizens no longer require a visa to enter Canada for tourism and business visits of up to six months. These travelers can now obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) if they plan to fly to or transit through CANADA VISA FOR ROMANIAN CITIZENS.

Under the eTA program, individuals who do not require a visa and are seeking entry by air as a business visitor or tourist must register prior to traveling to Canada. Evidence of registration must be presented before an applicant will be permitted to board a plane to Canada. eTA’s may be applied for via an online registration system and are typically valid for five years, or until the expiration date on the applicant’s current passport. Generally, once the registration is submitted, confirmation from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is received within minutes.

Companies should ensure that employees of Bulgarian, Romanian, and other obtain an eTA before traveling for tourism or business. Please note that having an eTA does not guarantee admission to Canada, as ultimate entry to the country is at the border officer’s discretion.

Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu said: “This is great news for Romanian and Bulgarian citizens; as of this Friday, they will be able to travel to CANADA VISA FROM BULGARIA without the hassle of applying for a visa. Great teamwork between Romania, Bulgaria, Canada and the EU.”

Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel said: “I am very happy with this decision. It is a strong signal for Bulgarian and Romanian citizens and the outside world that Europe is united and determined and that there are no second class Europeans.”

Following cooperative discussions towards reciprocal and secure visa-free travel with Canada, visa requirements for some categories of Bulgarian and Romanian citizens were lifted on 1 May 2017. With tomorrow’s decision, a further positive result of the Commission’s efforts to achieve visa-free travel for all its citizens, the remaining visa requirements for short stays will be removed altogether.

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