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November 14, 2017

End of visa requirement for Bulgarians and Romanians following CETA implementation

Bulgaria and Romania were the only countries from the European Union (EU) whose citizens required a visa to enter Canada. The two countries made their approval of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) conditional to the repeal of the visa requirement.

This week the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announced that starting at 4 p.m. EET (9 a.m. ET) on December 1, 2017, it will to lift the visa requirements for all Romanians and Bulgarians. At that point, all citizens of Romania and Bulgaria will no longer need a visa to travel to Canada.

Similar to other visa-exempt travellers, Romanians and Bulgarians will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to board a flight to Canada.

Romanians and Bulgarians who already have a valid Canadian visa can continue to travel to or transit through a Canadian airport with that visa until it expires and do not need to apply for a new eTA.

For the full details: Important Information for Bulgarian and Romanian citizens travelling to Canada on or after December 1, 2017


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