Canada Eliminates Visas To Mexican Nationals

By Rodrigo Cervantes
November 28, 2016

The two neighboring nations of the U.S. are getting closer to each other, as Canada has just made it easier for Mexican travelers to visit their country.

In 2009, Canada started to require visas to Mexican citizens. Back then, it was a victory for Canadian conservatives, who claimed that there was a massive amount of asylum requests from Mexican nationals.

But times change, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, from a liberal stand, promised that he would eliminate those visas since his campaign.

By the beginning of this year, Trudeau and his Foreign Minister, Stéphane Dion, had already announced a resolution.

“The visa situation between Canada and Mexico will be resolved, finished, kaput,” Dion said back in January.

Now that’s a reality.

Mexicans will not have to apply for a Canadian visa anymore. Instead, they will simply have to apply online for an Electronic Travel Authorization. This eliminates barriers and costs.

The application for the travel authorization has already begun, but the entry to Canada without a visa will be allowed until December 1st.