The Canadian government has announced visa-free travel for visitors from 13 different countries across Asia, Africa, Central and South America on Tuesday
Antigua and Barbuda, St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, St Kitts-Nevis, Panama, Argentina, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Morocco, Seychelles, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Thailand and the Philippines are the countries eligible for a visa-free travel, according to Sean Fraser, the Canadian Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.
Nigeria, the most populous African nation wasn’t included, while north Africa’s Morocco and east Africa’s Seychelles joined the list.
He said, “The known travellers from these countries can save a lot of money as a result of the visa exemptions.”
He also noted that the expansion not only enhances ease for travellers, it will also increase travel, tourism and economic benefits, as well as strengthen global bonds with these 13 countries.
“An expansion of the electronic travel authorization better known as the eTA programs makes it easier for “known travellers” from those countries to come here for fun and business,” the statement reads
According to the government, introducing visa-free air travel will make it faster, easier, and more affordable for thousands of travellers to visit Canada for up to six months for either business or leisure.
A visitor visa currently costs $100 per person and $500 for a family of five or more, but an eTA only costs seven dollars per person and is valid for as long as five years.