/ Modified dec 5, 2016 2:54 p.m.

Canada Lifting the Visa Requirement for Visitors from Mexico

By the end of the year, an online authorization will be the only requirement.

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By Rodrigo Cervantes, Fronteras Desk

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The United States' neighbors to the north and south are becoming closer, as Canada has just made it easier for Mexican travelers to visit that country.

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

But times change, and Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised that he would eliminate those visas during his campaign in 2015.

By the beginning of this year, Trudeau and Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion 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 current visa laws for Canada will remain in place until Dec. 1. Visit the Canadian government website for more information.

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This story is from the Fronteras Desk, a collaboration of Southwestern public radio stations, including NPR 89.1. Read more from the Fronteras Desk.
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