Mexicans, Czechs will need visas to visit Canada
Visas will be required for travelers entering Canada from the Czech Republic and Mexico. Canada has slapped visa requirements on travelers from Mexico and the Czech Republic.
A surge in refuge claims from these two countries has been quoted as the reason. The requirement for visas is effective 12:01 am Eastern Time. For the first 48 hours travelers from those countries can apply for entry on arrival. After 11:59 pm Wednesday visas will be required.
Statistics show that Mexico is the No.1 refugee claimant, tripling to 9400 since 2005. This figure represents 1/4 of all claims made.
The Czech Republic ranks second with nearly 3000 refugee claims since October 2007 when visa requirements were lifted. This compares to fewer than five claims in 2006.
Mexico says it regrets the action by Canada and has taken no other action to this point. The Czech Republic has recalled its ambassador and is threatening to take the matter up with the EU to request a visa requirement for Canadians traveling to EU countries.
Canada has slapped visa requirements on citizens of Mexico and the Czech Republic, citing a huge surge in refugee claims by visitors from those countries.
The change takes effect at 12:01 a.m. ET on Tuesday. For the first 48 hours, Mexicans and Czechs will be able to apply for entry on arrival in Canada. However, after 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, they must have a visa.
Mexico is now the No. 1 source of refugee claims, with the number almost tripling to more than 9,400 since 2005, the immigration department said in a release Monday. The figure represents one-quarter of all claims made.
The Czech Republic ranks second with nearly 3,000 refugee claims filed since the visa requirement for visitors from that country was lifted in October 2007. That compares with fewer than five claims in 2006, the department said.