Canada recently announced that it is expanding its visa-free travel program to add 13 countries to the list, which now includes the Philippines. With this new initiative, business visitors and tourists who have had a Canadian visa in the last ten years or currently hold a valid United States non-immigrant visa can apply for an electronic travel authorization (eTA) instead of a visa when flying to Canada.

According to Sean Fraser, Minister for Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, this move will allow more people from the Philippines to take exciting trips, discover Canada’s diverse landscapes, reunite with family and friends, and experience the country’s lively culture without worrying about visa requirements.

The Canadian Embassy has announced an expansion of the visa-waiver program to include several countries such as Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Costa Rica, Morocco, Panama, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay. The primary goal of this initiative is to facilitate more travel, tourism, and international business between the countries involved, which will strengthen people-to-people and cultural ties.

Moreover, this action aligns with Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, which is geared towards promoting relations and investing in people-to-people connections between Canada and the Indo-Pacific region, including the Philippines. Making visa-free air travel more accessible and affordable, this move will further the growth of these vital relationships.

The eTA screening process is a quick and affordable way for air travelers to be pre-screened before flying to Canada. With just a valid passport, a credit card, an email address, and internet access, travelers can apply for an eTA for only CAN$7. The application is usually approved within minutes, making it a convenient option for those in a hurry.

Canada’s recent announcement regarding their growing friendship and trust in the Philippines has been warmly received by the Department of Foreign Affairs. This move demonstrates Canada’s recognition of the Filipino community’s valuable contributions to their country’s diversity and dynamism. It’s a significant milestone that reinforces the strong bonds between these two nations.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), a new policy is set to boost travel, create more business opportunities, and encourage families to reunite. This development is great news for the almost one million people of Filipino origin currently living and working in Canada.

In fact, Filipinos in Canada make up the fourth-largest diaspora community in the country. The DFA also mentioned that the Philippines considers Canada a key partner due to the strong people-to-people relationships between the two nations. This new policy will pave the way for a fresh era of engagement between the two countries.