Canada to lift Romania, Bulgaria visa requirement

Ottawa said Romanian and Bulgarian citizens who have held a Canadian temporary resident visa in the past 10 years or who hold a valid US non-immigrant visa would be exempted from the visa requirementCanada will lift a visa requirement for Romanian and Bulgarian travelers at the end of next year and ease some restrictions before then, the government announced Monday. The two EU nations had made visa-free travel a key condition for their support of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) that was signed by Canada and the EU on Sunday. After Romania and Bulgaria reached a deal with Ottawa a week ago on the visa waivers — which will go into effect on December 1, 2017 — they lifted their respective threats to block the free trade accord.

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