Who needs a Visa to visit Canada?

Nationals of certain countries may need a Visitor Visa (Temporary Resident Visa) to visit or transit through Canada. It is important that you verify if your country of nationality requires you to have a visitor visa to come to Canada.

Who needs an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to visit or transit through Canada?

Visa-exempt foreign nationals need an eTA to fly to or transit through a Canadian airport. These travellers do not need an eTA when arriving by car, bus, train or boat (including a cruise ship).


Lawful permanent residents of the U.S. need an eTA to fly to or transit through a Canadian airport. They must present a valid Green Card and a valid passport at check-in.


Travellers who are exempt from the eTA requirement:


  • U.S. citizens. They must carry proper identification such as a valid U.S. passport;
  • Visa-required travellers;
  • Foreign nationals with official Canadian documents;
  • Flight crew, civil aviation inspectors, accident investigators who are or will be working while in Canada;
  • Members of Armed Forces coming to Canada to carry out official duties;
  • Diplomats accredited by the Government of Canada.

Can I extend my visitor status?

If you want to extend your stay in Canada, you must apply to do so. Check your temporary resident status to make sure you apply before the expiry date. This will be stamped on your passport or, if you do not have a stamp in your passport, 6 months from the day you entered Canada.

Do I need to provide biometrics to visit Canada?

Generally, you need to give biometric if you apply for a visitor visa, however, these exemptions apply:


  • Visa-exempt nationals coming to Canada to visit only;
  • Children under the age of 14;
  • Applicants over the age of 79;
  • U.S. visa holders transiting through Canada;
  • If you are applying in Canada.

I have received a refusal on my visitor visa, what can I do?

There are many reasons for a refusal on your visitor visa. The first step will be to request the notes from the Immigration Officer that made the decision. We will analyze the notes and provide recommendations before re-applying.

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