Before you plan a trip to Canada, you will want to check the passport requirements
and visa requirements, which depend on your country of citizenship.
People from many countries do not need a visa to visit or transit Canada, such as those from the United States, Japan, Australia, Italy, Switzerland among others.
However, citizens from certain countries require a visa to visit or transit Canada. See the full list of countries
whose citizens require a visa.
What Kinds of Visas are there for Canada?
The Temporary Resident Visa
is the one people who want to visit Canada for up to six months will need. This visa may be for a single entry, multiple entries or transit (see "Transit Visa" below). People who want to stay on for more than six months can apply for a visa extension
at least 30 days before the Temporary Resident Visa expires.
A Transit Visa
is a type of Temporary Resident Visa required by anyone who is travelling through Canada without stopping or visiting - even for less than 48 hrs. Thus, a flight stopover would fall into the transit category. There is no cost for a transit visa.
People planning to study in Canada
for six months and longer or work temporarily in Canada
need to apply for a study permit or a work permit, respectively.
How to Apply for a Visa for Canada?
Fill out the two-page application for a Temporary Resident Visa Made Outside of Canada (download PDF document
) or call the nearest Canada Visa Office
. Gather the necessary documents
, make the appropriate payment, and mail in or take the application to a Canada Visa Office
When to Apply for a Visa for Canada?
Apply for a visa for Canada at least 30 days in advance of your departure or allow eight weeks if mailing it in.
Good to Know about Applying for a Visa for Canada
Visitors must apply for a visa for Canada from their country of residence. You may not apply for a visa upon your arrival in Canada