Canada has announced the addition of Saint Lucia to the electronic travel authorization (eTA) program. Citizens from Saint Lucia who have either held a Canadian visa in the last 10 years or who currently hold a valid United States non-immigrant visa can now apply for an eTA, instead of a visa, when travelling to Canada by air.
Introducing visa-free air travel will make it faster, easier and more affordable for thousands of known travellers from Saint Lucia to visit Canada for up to six (6) months for either business or leisure. It will also help facilitate more travel, tourism and international business between our countries, and help strengthen people-to-people and cultural ties.
Individuals who already have a valid visa can continue to use it to travel to Canada. Those who are not eligible for an eTA, or who are travelling to Canada by means other than air (for example, by car, bus, train and boat—including by cruise ship), will still need a visitor visa. Travellers can visit Canada.ca/etA to find out if they are eligible for an eTA.
What is Canada eTA?
- The eTA is a digital travel document that most visa-exempt travellers need to travel to or transit through Canada by air.
- The eTA application is used by Canadian officials to conduct light-touch, pre- travel screening of air travellers. It costs CAN$7 to apply, and most applications are automatically approved within minutes.
- To apply for an eTA, travellers need only a valid passport, a credit card, an email address and access to the Internet.
- Saint Lucia is one of the 13 additional countries whose eligible citizens may now benefit from visa-free travel.
- Over the last 10 years, Canada issued 9,176 temporary resident visas to citizens from Saint Lucia. These individuals, along with current US non-immigrant visa holders, may now be eligible for visa-free travel.