Visit as a tourist
What you need to visit Canada, how to apply for a visitor visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) and what to expect when you arrive in 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.
Entry requirements, what travel documents you will need, medical exams, if needed, letters of invitation, and what can make you inadmissible to Canada.
List of countries whose citizens need an eTA or a visa and what documents you will need to come to Canada.
Eligibility, how to apply, forms, fees and processing times.
Eligibility, how to apply, and forms and fees for students and workers who are already in Canada.
How long it takes to process visitor visas, eTAs, work permits, extensions, online and paper applications.
Medical exams, police certificates, interviews, returning your documents and changing your address.
Eligibility, documents needed to enter Canada, study permits and what can make them inadmissible to Canada.
Documents to present to the border officer and what to do if you plan to work or study in Canada.
Eligibility, how to apply, forms, fees, implied status and how to become a permanent resident of Canada.
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.
Questions about visiting Canada?
Find quick and direct answers to your questions about visiting Canada, including how long you can stay, whether you need an eTA or a visa, and how to apply.
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