Canada to drop visa requirements for citizens of Bulgaria and Romania on Dec 1, 2017

Starting at 9 a.m. (ET) on December 1, 2017, Bulgarian and Romanian passport holders will be able to travel to Canada visa-free.

However, similar to other visa-exempt travelers, they would need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to board a flight to Canada. Applying for an eTA is a simple, inexpensive online process that takes minutes to complete.

Bulgaria and Romania currently share the same Passport Power Rank (15th), with a visa-free score of 143. From December 1, 2017 Bulgaria and Romania’s Passport Index ranking will go up to 14th place, with a new score of 144, inline with Monaco, Brazil and Croatia.

“Canada greatly values its partnership with Romania and Bulgaria”, said Kevin Hamilton, Canada’s Ambassador to Romania and Bulgaria. “Making travel easier fosters a deeper understanding and creates more opportunities to strengthen our vital people-to-people, business and tourism ties.”

According to Government of Canada’s website, “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. You do not need to apply for a new eTA. As well, those who already have an eTA can continue to fly to Canada with that eTA until it expires or they get a new passport.”

Update [Dec. 1]: It is a fact. Now Bulgarian and Romanian passport holders can visit Canada simply by applying for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

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