Do I need a visa if I’m just travelling through Canada on my way to another country?
The document you need to transit through Canada depends on a few factors, including if you plan to visit Canada.
You can answer a few questions to find the document you need to transit through Canada.
You’re considered a visa-required traveller if you’re from a visa-required country.
You need a visitor visa if:
- you visit Canada (even if you’re travelling by air and it’s for less than 48 hours)
- stay in Canada more than 48 hours while transiting, or
- you’re crossing the border by:
- cruise ship
You need a transit visa if:
- your international flight stops at a Canadian airport on its way to another country
- you’ll be connecting between 2 international flights at a Canadian airport
- you’ll transit through Canada in 48 hours or less, and
- you don’t have a valid visitor visa
You’re considered a visa-exempt traveller if you’re from an eTA-required country.
You need an eTA to transit through Canada by air if you’re from an eTA-required country.
You don’t need an eTA if you’re transiting through Canada and you enter by train, bus, boat or cruise ship. You do need to bring the right travel documents.
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