On July 19, 2010, Citizenship and Immigration Canada released Operational Bulletin 221 – Passport Requirements for Citizens of Lithuania and Poland. The bulletin addresses the acceptability of non e-passports issued by the Governments of Lithuania and Poland.
On January 1, 2009, Canada introduced a regulatory amendment for nationals of Lithuania and Poland as a requirement to benefit from a visa exemption for individuals traveling to Canada on an e-passport. People traveling on an e-passport would not require a visa, while those who did not would.
Canada also indicated that effective January 1, 2011, it would restrict all travel to Canada so that only Lithuanians and Poles who possessed e-passports would be admissible.
Operational Bulletin 221 seems to cancel the January 1, 2011, proposed restriction. Nationals that hold e-passports will continue to enjoy visa-free access to Canada, however, those that don’t hold electronic passports will be able to apply for a temporary resident visa.