Canada has expanded its China Transit Program
(CTP), a program which allows eligible Chinese travellers to fly
to and transit through Canada visa-free when they are en route to
and from the United States.
Starting 1 June 2015, the program will
expand to three additional major transit hubs – Tokyo Narita,
Tokyo Haneda, and Seoul Incheon, which are in addition to Beijing,
Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Manila and Taipei that are already
part of the program.
As part of the announcement, the government is
also simplifying the administrative process by which new airlines
can participate in the China Transit Program. This change will
make it easier for airlines to carry eligible Chinese transit
passengers through Toronto Pearson and Vancouver International
The government of Canada is assessing the eligibility of
other departure cities in China to be added in the future.
Consultations with the air and tourism industries are ongoing as
the government explores new opportunities for facilitating transit
passengers through Canadian airports, particularly once the new
Electronic Travel Authorization system is implemented next year.
“Our government is committed to facilitating
legitimate trade and travel, including supporting Canada’s air
industry efforts to attract more transit business to the country,”
said Chris Alexander, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration
Minister. “This expansion of the China Transit Program will
help generate more business for our airlines and airports, and
could potentially lead to the opening of new routes and
destinations, which would benefit all travellers, including
China Transit Program - Quick Facts
- The Canada-China Air Transport Agreement,
which was recently updated, has increased air traffic between
Canada and China by approximately 14% between 2013 and
2014, to reach close to 1.5 million total one-way passenger trips.
- China continues to be one of the top source
countries for immigrants to Canada and is also a leading source
country for international students and visitor visas. In 2014, for
example, Canada issued a record 360,923 visas to Chinese citizens.
- Other key ways Canada is facilitating travel
for Chinese citizens includes expedited processing for visitors
and businesspeople under such programs as CAN+ and the Business
Express Program and more broadly, the 10-year multiple entry visa.
- In 2014, China was Canada’s second-largest
export market, with exports valued at nearly $19.3 billion, up
45.7% over the past five years.
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