Canada tourist visa: Requirements and application procedure

Canada tourist visa requirements are easy to understand. The entire visa application process is online. Canada typically issues long-term multiple-entry visas valid for 5 to 10 years.

Even if you are not planning on traveling to Canada right away, getting a Canadian tourist visa can be useful for two reasons.

  • Canada visitor visas are typically long-term visas (5 to 10 years). Apply for one now and you will have it for the next 10 years.
  • Quite a few countries including Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama EXEMPT visa for those with a Canadian multiple entry visa.

CANADA TOURIST VISA REQUIREMENTS BY NATIONALITY

Canada tourist visa requirements by nationality
Canada tourist visa requirements by nationality

Minimum passport validity to enter Canada as a tourist

Passport must be valid for the entire stay in Canada

Example: If you will be entering Canada on Feb 10 and will be leaving Canada on Feb 25, your passport must be valid till Feb 25.

Visa EXEMPT nationalities (eTA not required)

  1. United States

Visa EXEMPT nationalities (eTA required)

  • Must apply for Canada eTA prior to arrival in Canada by air
  • Canada eTA is not required if traveling by land from the US
  1. Andorra
  2. Anguilla
  3. Antigua and Barbuda
  4. Australia
  5. Austria
  6. Bahamas
  7. Barbados
  8. Belgium
  9. Bermuda
  10. British Virgin Islands
  11. Brunei
  12. Cayman Islands
  13. Chile
  14. Croatia
  15. Cyprus
  16. Czech Republic
  17. Denmark
  18. Estonia
  19. Falkland Islands
  20. Finland
  21. France
  22. Germany
  23. Gibraltar
  24. Greece
  25. Hong Kong
  26. Hungary
  27. Iceland
  28. Ireland
  29. Israel
  30. Italy
  31. Japan
  32. Latvia
  33. Liechtenstein
  34. Lithuania
  35. Luxembourg
  36. Malta
  37. Mexico
  38. Monaco
  39. Montserrat
  40. Netherlands
  41. New Zealand
  42. Norway
  43. Papua New Guinea
  44. Pitcairn
  45. Poland
  46. Portugal
  47. Samoa
  48. San Marino
  49. Singapore
  50. Slovakia
  51. Slovenia
  52. Solomon Islands
  53. Spain
  54. St. Helena
  55. South Korea
  56. Sweden
  57. Switzerland
  58. Taiwan
  59. Turks and Caicos Islands
  60. United Kingdom
  61. Vatican City

Visa REQUIRED nationalities

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Albania
  3. Algeria
  4. Angola
  5. Argentina
  6. Armenia
  7. Azerbaijan
  8. Bahrain
  9. Bangladesh
  10. Belarus
  11. Belize
  12. Benin
  13. Bhutan
  14. Bolivia
  15. Bosnia-Herzegovina
  16. Botswana
  17. Brazil
  18. Bulgaria
  19. Burkina Faso
  20. Burundi
  21. Cambodia
  22. Cameroon
  23. Cape Verde
  24. Central African Republic
  25. Chad
  26. China
  27. Colombia
  28. Comoros
  29. Congo (Democratic Republic of)
  30. Congo (Republic of)
  31. Costa Rica
  32. Cuba
  33. Djibouti
  34. Dominica
  35. Dominican Republic
  36. Ecuador
  37. Egypt
  38. El Salvador
  39. Equatorial Guinea
  40. Eritrea
  41. Ethiopia
  42. Fiji
  43. Gabon
  44. Gambia
  45. Georgia
  46. Ghana
  47. Grenada
  48. Guatemala
  49. Guinea
  50. Guinea-Bissau
  51. Guyana
  52. Haiti
  53. Honduras
  54. India
  55. Indonesia
  56. Iran
  57. Iraq
  58. Ivory Coast
  59. Jamaica
  60. Jordan
  61. Kazakhstan
  62. Kenya
  63. Kiribati
  64. Kosovo
  65. Kuwait
  66. Kyrgyzstan
  67. Laos
  68. Lebanon
  69. Lesotho
  70. Liberia
  71. Libya
  72. Macao
  73. Macedonia
  74. Madagascar
  75. Malawi
  76. Malaysia
  77. Maldives
  78. Mali
  79. Marshall Islands
  80. Mauritania
  81. Mauritius
  82. Micronesia
  83. Moldova
  84. Mongolia
  85. Montenegro
  86. Morocco
  87. Mozambique
  88. Myanmar
  89. Namibia
  90. Nauru
  91. Nepal
  92. Nicaragua
  93. Niger
  94. Nigeria
  95. North Korea
  96. Oman
  97. Pakistan
  98. Palau
  99. Palestine
  100. Panama
  101. Paraguay
  102. Peru
  103. Philippines
  104. Qatar
  105. Romania
  106. Russia
  107. Rwanda
  108. Sao Tome and Principe
  109. Saudi Arabia
  110. Senegal
  111. Serbia
  112. Seychelles
  113. Sierra Leone
  114. Somalia
  115. South Africa
  116. South Sudan
  117. Sri Lanka
  118. St. Lucia
  119. St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  120. St. Kitts and Nevis
  121. Sudan
  122. Surinam
  123. Swaziland
  124. Syria
  125. Tajikistan
  126. Tanzania
  127. Thailand
  128. Timor-Leste
  129. Togo
  130. Tonga
  131. Trinidad and Tobago
  132. Tunisia
  133. Turkey
  134. Turkmenistan
  135. Tuvalu
  136. Uganda
  137. Ukraine
  138. United Arab Emirates
  139. Uruguay
  140. Uzbekistan
  141. Vanuatu
  142. Venezuela
  143. Vietnam
  144. Yemen
  145. Zambia
  146. Zimbabwe

Visa EXEMPT with US Green card

  • Must hold a valid US Green card
  • Must apply for Canada eTA prior to arrival in Canada by air
  • Canada eTA is NOT REQUIRED if traveling by land from the US
  1. All nationalities

Visa EXEMPT with US visa or expired Canada tourist visa

  • Must hold a valid used/unused multiple-entry US non-immigrant visa (B1, B2, B1/B2, F1, J1, H1, L1) (OR) an expired Canadian visitor visa (TRV) held in the past 10 years
  • Must apply for Canada eTA prior to arrival in Canada
  • Applicable to air travel only
  1. Brazil

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CANADA eTA (ELECTRONIC TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION)

Canada eTA is a travel authorization that needs to be obtained online prior to traveling to Canada.

Canada eTA is MANDATORY for all visa EXEMPT nationalities.

Who needs Canada eTA?

Canada eTA is REQUIRED for all visa EXEMPT nationalities entering Canada for tourism or transit. If you are visa EXEMPT, you DO NOT NEED a visa but you REQUIRE an eTA to enter Canada.

Who does not need an eTA?

The following does not need an eTA to enter Canada.

  • Canadian dual citizens
  • Canadian permanent residents
  • United States passport holders
  • Passport holders with a valid Canadian visa (tourist, student, work, etc.)

Is Canada eTA a visa?

No. Canada eTA is NOT a visa. It’s just an online authorization that you would need to obtain prior to your trip to Canada.

Can you use ESTA to enter Canada?

You CANNOT use ESTA (United States Electronic System for Travel Authorization) to enter Canada. ESTA is a travel authorization to enter the US. It cannot be used for Canada. Even if you hold a valid ESTA, you would still need to apply for eTA to travel to Canada.