Do You Need an eTA?

My partner and I have been talking about our next trip and have decided that it will be a five-day trip to Toronto in June. Why Canada? Dimitris has a good friend there who will show us around the city, plus I have never seen Niagara Falls. So, we have made our reservations to fly Air Canada and stay at the Ramada Plaza hotel in downtown Toronto. We will, as we’ve done in so many other places, do a bus tour including a stop at Niagara Falls. Just after we made our reservations to fly, Dimitris corresponded with a European friend who lives in Lakeland, FL. When Dimitris mentioned our intent to take this trip to Toronto, the friend told of how he and his wife had planned a Canadian trip and had learned that they needed a kind of visa, called a travel eTA. Wondering if perhaps the rules for travel to Canada had changed, Dimitris began to search for information. What he learned was that yes, as a citizen traveling with a Greek passport, he needs this visa. If he didn’t have it, he would be told at the airport that he couldn’t fly. The eTA rule went into effect in March 2016. His friend in Lakeland saved us from a very bad airport experience.


About bobosbest

I am an 80-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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1 Response to Do You Need an eTA?

  1. Dimitris says:

    I hope this blog to save more Europeans who they are planning a visit to Canada. We need this eTA only if we fly to Canada but if you cross the borders by car or train or arrive by ship, you don’t need eTA just your passport. Dimitris

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