Here is a jolly little sidewinder slipped under the rug by the Canadians, no fanfare, no public announcement just a discreet email.
I received an email from BA about updating info on my flights home next month.
Buried deep within it, several sub pages in, it transpires a British passport is no longer adequate to visit Canada, one must have an electronic permission to travel on top of that. This is true for all nationalities with the exception of an American passport holder. (They can’t afford to alienate them there might be similar reprisals and then where would they shop?) One is of course charged a sum for this electronic document! A princely $7.00.
Of course the form required is full of the usual blah and required even for transit through as I do. And then, right at the bottom of the form in 2pt unreadable one gets to the nub of the whole thing. Refugee documents, laissez passe, and UN documents are no longer able to be used for travel without the electronic confirmation!! My my what a surprise! In other words undesirables are to be stopped from travelling to Canada rather than arriving and having to be sent back or more likely put in accommodation at the expense of the State. Interestingly this only applies to air travel to Canada and is not applicable at ports or land borders. But then most don’t arrive that way do they? Not too many boats from Afghanistan to Canada are there? But, by not announcing it from the govt. the Liberals can maintain their squeaky clean image. But you will be interested to know that they have trumpeted from the rafters that they are withdrawing their 6 jets from the bombing raids on Isis and are going to concentrate on humanitarian aid in the future.
Nice one Canada glad to see you haven’t lost your touch!
It would have been seriously easy to miss this gem and arrive at the airport only to be denied entry by the airline! Whoops, one wonders how many will get caught out?