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Visa Information

To visit Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada requires that all visitors must:

  • have a valid travel document, such as a passport
  • be in good health
  • satisfy an immigration officer that you have ties, such as a job, home and family, that will take you back to your country of origin
  • satisfy an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit and
  • have enough money for your stay. The amount of money needed can vary with the circumstances of the visit, length and location of stay, etc. For more information, ask the Canadian visa office in your country or region.

In addition to the above, visitors may also be required to have:

  • a Temporary Resident Visa, depending on citizenship
  • a medical examination and
  • a letter of invitation from someone who lives in Canada.

Travel documents

Transport companies, such as airlines, must ensure you have proper, valid travel documents when you enter Canada. If visitors do not have the proper documents, they may be delayed or denied boarding.

On March 11, 2010, CIC amended the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations to clarify the factors used to determine which travel documents can be used to apply for a visa and to travel to or enter Canada. Under the new Regulations, the following travel documents are considered unreliable and are not acceptable for entry into Canada:
  • any passport claiming to have been issued by Somalia,
  • non-machine readable passports issued by the Czech Republic,
  • temporary passports issued by the Republic of South Africa, and
  • provisional passports issued by Venezuela.

This list is subject to change. Check it regularly for up-to-date information.


Visas and exemptions

Visitors may or may not need a Temporary Resident Visa to visit Canada, depending on citizenship. Even if visitors are exempt, there is important information to know before planning a trip. To find out if you require a visa and how to apply for a visa please visit the Canadian Citizen & Immigration site for further information.