The Government of St Kitts and Nevis has proudly announced that after sustained and meaningful dialogue between itself and the government of Canada, Kittians and Nevisians can now travel visa-free with an eTA to Canada.
What is an eTA to Canada?
In order to fly to, or transit through, a Canadian airport, a visitor visa or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is necessary.
Who does the policy update apply to?
The policy applies to St Kitts and Nevis nationals who have had a Canadian visa over the past ten years, as well as those who have a current non-immigrant US visa.
St Kitts and Nevis nationals who fit the above categories are required to apply online for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) , for which a response is usually received the same day.
First time applicants who do not have a US or Canadian visa are still required to apply for a visa to enter Canada.
Eligible citizens will be able to travel to Canada for up to six months
Sean Fraser, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced the addition of 13 countries to the eTA program, of which St Kitts and Nevis is one.
Eligible citizens will be able to travel faster, easily, and more affordably to Canada. Essentially; for up to six months for either business or leisure.
“This is indeed positive news for our citizens, and we are happy about the strength of our relationship with Canada and look forward to announcing more positive aspects resulting from this partnership,” said Prime Minister Terrance Drew.
As a CARICOM (Caribbean Community) and fellow Commonwealth, St Kitts and Nevis is an important partner for Canada. Both countries share strong cultural and people-to-people ties.
World class CBI programme
The strong rule of law upheld by St Kitts and Nevis greatly compliments the twin-island’s CBI programme.
The rule of law is particularly important for investors because it has a bearing on property rights. St Kitts and Nevis has the rule of law embedded in their CBI programmes. This gives investors a guarantee that their property rights are upheld at all times.
St Kitts and Nevis has the world’s longest-standing CBI programme in the world. In fact, it has been setting the standard in the CBI industry for decades. The twin-island was ranked top in terms of its meticulous commitment to due diligence according to the 2022 CBI Index.
High rule of law index rankings and strong due diligence make St Kitts and Nevis a great choice for investors.
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