Biometric ETA is here to stay: Capturing rich identity data before travel

An Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) is not a visa; it’s a simpler, quicker, and mostly automated process by which non-visa travelers declare their identity information before leaving home. A concept that began with the Australian ETA and U.S. ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) has been surprisingly slow to catch on in other countries, given its promise to fill a significant gap in entry data. But now Canada and New Zealand are on board, soon to be followed by the UK and the EU.

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