ČTK: Canadian visa requirement could remain in place for years

The Czech news agency, ČTK, has suggested that Canada’s visa requirement for Czech visitors (reintroduced by Canada last July in response to a marked increase in asylum seekers) could remain in place for at least several more years. On Wednesday, ČTK said that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper had indicated as much following the EU-Canada summit in Brussels, where he stated that visas continued to be Canada’s main tool for blocking fake asylum attempts. The process of making changes to the legislation could take several years; ČTK cited 2013 as a possible target date. Brussels remains unhappy over Canada’s insistence on visas not only for Czech nationals but also for two other EU countries, Romania and Bulgaria. EU officials have warned that, in response, visa requirements could in the future be introduced for Canadian diplomats.

Author: Jan Velinger