Ottawa, Aug. 10 (Notimex).- The number of Mexican visitors to Canada remains at an average of 31 thousand a month, although the figure is a little lower than the 36 thousand registered in February and the 34 thousand in March of this year, official sources reported today.
Although since December 2016 Mexicans no longer need a visa to enter Canada, they must obtain the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter the country, which is a simpler online procedure, but which requires the traveler demonstrates their labor or educational ties with their nation of origin.
The eTA is not an automatic entry to the country but a prerequisite, so the final decision has the immigration officer at the port of entry to the country and if he suspects that the person intends to enter as a tourist, but stay to work illegally, it is immediately returned to Mexico.
According to figures from the official statistics agency of Canada, between January and May of this year, 167 thousand Mexicans have entered Canada, both to work as day laborers, as well as with study permits or, simply, as tourists.
After the United States, the list of countries from which the largest number of tourists comes to Canada is headed by the United Kingdom, with 67 thousand visitors last May; followed by China, with 64 thousand; France, with 52 thousand; Germany, with 31 thousand; Australia, with 31 thousand, and Mexico, with 31 thousand.
For 2017 the entrance of 350 thousand Mexicans was expected, but the official figures indicate that 372 thousand entered Canada. If the trend of visitors to Mexico remains, by the end of this year could enter just over 400 thousand.