Canada ETA

Electronic Travel Authorisation

The Canadian Tourism Commission have announced final regulations for Canada’s new ETA program, requiring all British citizens to obtain an authorisation before flying to Canada.

From March 15th 2016 all British Citizens will be able to apply for an ETA when travelling to Canada.

British Citizen Passport Holders who fly to or transit through Canada can now apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Once approved, your eTA is valid for five years or until your passport expires.

In addition to this, the Canadian authorities have stated that until the 29th September 2016, travellers who do not have an eTA can still board their flight, as long as they have appropriate travel documents (eg a valid passport) and obtain their visa on arrival.

This means that from the 30th of September 2016 onward, Those flying into Canada (or transiting through) will not be able to board their flight without an eTA.


What is an ETA?

ETA stands for ‘Electronic Travel Authorisation‘. This is an online method of obtaining your travel visa. The visa is applied electronically to the chip that is located in your passport. This then removes the need for stamps or labels being printed in your passport as well as completely getting removing the paper needed for the application.

How can I obtain an eTA?

The Travel Visa Company will be able to assist with all applications for this new Canadian ETA which will be valid for a period of 5 years from the date of issue. For further information, or to apply, please visit our website: thetravelvisacompany.co.uk/canada/ or call our award winning team on 01270 250 590.


What to do and where to go in Canada!

Canada has been named as one of the top 20 most beautiful countries in the world by RoughGuides. It is home to the CN Tower, Chateau Frontenac and most notably the Niagra Falls.

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Canada is filled with things to do and places to go. There really is something there for everyone! Canada is brilliant for national parks; with 40% of the land being covered by forests and has over 40 recognised national parks.

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It has bustling cities like Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal that are teeming with restaurants, cocktail bars, clubs, entertainment venues, arenas, lounges, theatres and much more!

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With a flight from London typically taking approximately 8 hours, what is stopping you? Apply for your eTA now!

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World Wildlife Day

About

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) decided to proclaim the 3rd of March as UN World Wildlife Day.

The day came about to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants.

World Wildlife Day will be celebrated in 2016 under the theme “The future of wildlife is in our hands.” African and Asian elephants will be a main focus of the Day under the theme “The future of elephants is in our hands”.

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Threats to wildlife

There is a constant threat to all wildlife whether that be from: pollution, poaching, trafficking, environmental changes, hunting or habitat destruction.

Poaching has become a massive problem for endangered species and we have recently seen the unfortunate and unnecessary extinction of the West African Black Rhino.

The world is dealing with an unprecedented spike in illegal wildlife trade, threatening to overturn decades of conservation gains.

Much like illegal drugs, animal parts such as tusks, horns and vital organs are trafficked internationally. A lot of the time, the reason behind poaching is because it is believed that certain body parts of animals are essential for creating “experimental” medicines. Trafficking of these animal parts usually occurs in the more valuable and rare species such as Leatherback Sea Turtles, Saolas, Leopards and Rhinos.

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While we are seeing positive progress to tackle illicit wildlife trafficking, more needs to be done by all of us. On this World Wildlife Day, we hope to see even more commitments coming from countries and citizens around the world.

Get involved

If you’re wondering how to get involved and help raise awareness this World Wildlife Day then here are a few ways:

  1. Voice your opinions on social media using the hashtags #WorldWildlifeDay #InOurHands and #WWD2016.
  2. Take a trip out to your local zoo, wildlife centre or national park.
  3. Get talking about world wildlife in schools, universities and places of work.
  4. Support local conservation projects.
  5. Produce your own promotional material for World Wildlife Day

For further information visit their website here.

“The Future of Wildlife is in our Hands”

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