Holiday in Canada – What you need to know
If you are seeking to enter Canada to visit for leisure or holiday, you may require a Visit Visa. This requirement is based on your Citizenship, and the passport you will be travelling into Canada on. For those who will be travelling on a passport issued by one of the following countries, you will be required to apply for a Visit Visa before you can travel to Canada.
These visas can be issued for multiple entries up to ten years, or up to the expiry date of your passport.
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With each visit you can remain in Canada for a maximum of six months. Visitors should only spend six months in a twelve-month period in Canada unless they have been granted an extension.
You will need to be able to show that you meet the following requirements:
⦁ You have a valid travel document, such as a passport,
⦁ You have enough money for your stay and to return home,
⦁ You plan to leave Canada at the end of your visit and
⦁ You are not a criminal, security or health risk to Canadians.
Visit Visas can be applied for online, via courier, or in-person at your local Visa Application Centre. You will need to follow the specific requirements for the country which you are applying in.
Afghanistan Albania Algeria Angola
Argentina Armenia Azerbaijan Bahrain
Bangladesh Belarus Belize Benin
Bhutan Bolivia Bosnia-Herzegovina Botswana
Brazil Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burma (Myanmar)
Burundi Cambodia Cameroon, Republic of Cape Verde
Central African Republic Chad China, People's Republic of Colombia
Comoros Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Costa Rica, Republic of
Cuba Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic
East Timor Ecuador Egypt El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Ethiopia Fiji
Gabon Gambia Georgia Ghana
Grenada Guatemala Guinea Guinea-Bissau
Guyana Haiti Honduras India
Indonesia Iran Iraq Israel - holders of valid Israeli “Travel Document in lieu of National Passport”
Ivory Coast Jamaica Jordan Kazakhstan
Kenya Kiribati Korea, North Kosovo
Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Laos Lebanon
Lesotho Liberia Libya Macao Special Administrative Region
Macedonia Madagascar Malawi Malaysia
Maldives Islands Mali Marshall Islands Mauritania
Mauritius Mexico Micronesia, Fed. States Moldova
Mongolia Montenegro Morocco Mozambique
Namibia Nauru Nepal Nicaragua
Niger Nigeria Oman Pakistan
Palau Palestinian Authority Panama Paraguay
Peru Philippines Qatar Romania
Russia Rwanda Sao Tomé e Principe Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of
Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone
Somalia South Africa South Sudan Sri Lanka
St. Kitts and Nevis St. Lucia St. Vincent and the Grenadines (St. Vincent) Sudan
Surinam Swaziland Syria Taiwan – Note: Taiwanese citizens who hold a passport issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan thatdoes not include their personal identification number need a visa to come to Canada. Taiwanese citizens who hold a passport issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan that includes their personal identification number need an eTA to come to Canada.
Tajikistan Tanzania Thailand Togo
Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey
Turkmenistan Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine
United Arab Emirates Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu
Venezuela Vietnam Yemen Zambia
Effective September 30th, 2016, those travelling on passports issued by one of the following countries will be required to obtain an eTA before travelling to Canada. An eTA is an Electronic Travel Authorization and can be applied for online.
|Andorra||Antigua and Barbuda||Australia||Austria|
|British overseas citizen who is re-admissible to the United Kingdom||British overseas territory citizen who derives that citizenship through birth, descent, naturalization or registration in one of the British overseas territories of:|
o British Virgin Islands
o Cayman Islands
o Falkland Islands
o Pitcairn Island
o Saint Helena
o Turks and Caicos Islands
|Estonia||Finland||France||Federal Republic of Germany|
|Italy||Japan||Republic of Korea||Latvia|
|Papua New Guinea||Poland||Portugal||Samoa|
- Persons who have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence (United States Permanent Residents).
- Holder of a passport or travel document issued by the Holy See.
- Holder of a national Israeli passport.
- Holder of a passport issued by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.
- Holder of a passport issued by the United Kingdom to a British National (Overseas), as a person born, naturalized or registered in Hong Kong.
- Holder of a passport issued by the United Kingdom to a British Subject which contains the observation that the holder has the right of abode in the United Kingdom.
- Holder of an ordinary passport issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan that includes the personal identification number of the individual. Note: Taiwanese citizens who hold a passport issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan that does not include their personal identification number need a visa to come to Canada.
- Nationals of the United States.
- Her Majesty the Queen of Canada and any member of the Royal Family
- Citizens of France who are residents of St. Pierre and Miquelon who seek to enter Canada directly from St. Pierre and Miquelon.
- Visitors, students and workers, who seek to re-enter Canada after solely visiting either the United States or St. Pierre and Miquelon, providing that they return to Canada by the end of the period initially authorized for their stay or any extension to it.
- Foreign nationals who are passengers on a flight stopping in Canada for the sole purpose of refuelling and
- possess proper documents to enter the United States and their flight is bound for that country, or
- They were lawfully admitted to the United States and their flight originated in that country.
- Foreign nationals who are passengers on a flight that, owing to an emergency or other unforeseen circumstances, makes an unscheduled stop in Canada.
- Foreign nationals seeking to transit through Canada under Transit Without Visa or China Transit Program.
- Foreign nationals who hold a passport that contains a diplomatic acceptance, a consular acceptance or an official acceptance issued by the Chief of Protocol for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade on behalf of the Government of Canada and are properly accredited diplomats, consular officers, representatives or officials of a country other than Canada, of the United Nations or any of its agencies, or of any international organization of which Canada is a member.
- Foreign nationals seeking to enter and remain in Canada solely:
- As a crew member of a means of transportation that may be used for transportation by air or to become a member of such a crew; or
- To transit through Canada after working, or to work, as a crew member of a means of transportation that may be used for transportation by air, if they possess a ticket for departure from Canada within 24 hours after their arrival in Canada.
- Foreign nationals seeking to enter and remain in Canada solely to carry out official duties as a member of the armed forces of a country that is a designated state for the purposes of the Visiting Forces Act, unless they have been designated under that Act as a civilian component of those armed forces.
- Foreign nationals seeking to enter and remain in Canada solely to conduct inspections of the flight operation procedures or cabin safety of a commercial air carrier operating international flights, if they are a civil aviation inspector of a national aeronautical authority and possess valid documentation to that effect.
- Foreign nationals seeking to enter and remain in Canada solely to participate as an accredited representative or as an adviser to an aviation accident or incident investigation conducted under the Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board Act, if they possess valid documentation to that effect.