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 are expected to have 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.
Note: Until September 29, 2016, travellers who do not have an eTA can board their flight, as long as they have appropriate travel documents, such as a valid passport. During this leniency period, border services officers can let travellers arriving without an eTA into the country, as long as they meet the other requirements to enter Canada. Find answers to your questions about the leniency period.
List of countries whose citizens need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a visa to visit or transit through Canada
Applications for eTA and visitor visa, processing times and what to expect when you arrive in Canada
Applications for super visas, processing times and what to expect when you arrive in Canada
Applications for eTA and visitor visa for business people and how to avoid problems or delays when bringing foreign business guests to Canada
Information for youth to travel and work in Canada with the International Experience Canada Program
Applications to stay in Canada longer as a visitor and applications to be able to return to Canada when you leave
Information for travellers and airlines about transit visas, eTAs and transit without visa programs
Documents you need to travel with, even if you don’t need a visa or eTA to travel to Canada
Travel tips, entry requirements, prohibited or restricted goods and international events in Canada
What we are doing
- Apply for a visitor visa
- Change conditions or extend your stay
- Apply for a work permit
- Apply for a study permit
- Organizing an international event
- Canada’s biometric requirement
- Understanding your rights—foreign workers
- Success of Canada’s multiple-entry visa
- Reuniting families faster
- Temporary resident visa fee changes
- Canada lifts visa requirement for Czech Republic
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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