Visit Canada

Find out what you need to visit Canada as a tourist or business person, how to extend your stay in Canada and what documents you need to carry with you to transit through Canada.

New entry requirement now in effect

Visa-exempt foreign nationals need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents cannot apply for an eTA.

The leniency period that allows travellers to board their flight without an eTA ends soon.

Be prepared: Apply for an eTA before you book your flight to Canada. Most applicants get approved within minutes. However, some applications can take several days to process so don’t wait until the last minute.

Find out if you need an eTA or a visitor visa

List of countries whose citizens need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a visa to visit or transit through Canada

Visit as a tourist

Applications for eTA and visitor visa, processing times and what to expect when you arrive in Canada

Visit your children or grandchildren

Applications for super visas, processing times and what to expect when you arrive in Canada

Visit on business

Applications for eTA and visitor visa for business people and how to avoid problems or delays when bringing foreign business guests to Canada

Travel and work in Canada

Information for youth to travel and work in Canada with the International Experience Canada Program

Extend your stay

Applications to stay in Canada longer as a visitor and applications to be able to return to Canada when you leave

Transit through Canada

Information for travellers and airlines about transit visas, eTAs and transit without visa programs

Carry proper identification

Documents you need to travel with, even if you don’t need a visa or eTA to travel to Canada

Get border information for visitors

Travel tips, entry requirements, prohibited or restricted goods and international events in Canada

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Do you want to visit Canada?

Answer a few questions to find out if you are eligible to visit Canada and how to submit an online or paper application.

Apply online for a visa

Submit your application online to visit Canada.

Find out if you need to give biometrics

Learn about where and how to give your fingerprints and photos when applying for a visitor visa.

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