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.

Canada has introduced a new entry requirement, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to Canada. This regulation becomes mandatory March 15, 2016. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid visa. Read about the changes and how they may affect you.

What you need to enter Canada

Entry requirements, what travel documents you will need, medical exams, if needed, letters of invitation, and what can make you inadmissible to Canada.

Find out if you need an eTA or a visa

List of countries whose citizens need an eTA or a visa and what documents you will need to come to Canada.

Apply to visit Canada as a tourist

Eligibility, how to apply, forms, fees and processing times.

Apply for a new visa (temporary residents in Canada)

Eligibility, how to apply, and forms and fees for students and workers who are already in Canada.

Check processing times

How long it takes to process visitor visas, eTAs, work permits, extensions, online and paper applications.

Find out what to do after you apply

Medical exams, police certificates, interviews, returning your documents and changing your address.

Minors travelling to Canada

Eligibility, documents needed to enter Canada, study permits and what can make them inadmissible to Canada.

Prepare for your arrival

Documents to present to the border officer and what to do if you plan to work or study in Canada.

Extend your stay 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.

2015 Pan American Games and Parapan American Games

Are you visiting Canada for the 2015 Pan American Games and Parapan American Games? See if you qualify for the accredited visa process.

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