These requirements apply to everyone who wishes to visit Canada. To visit Canada, you must:
You may also need a:
Check the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website for the list of countries and territories whose citizens need a visa to visit or transit Canada.
A multiple entry visa allows you to enter Canada from any country multiple times during the validity of the visa. If you plan to visit Canada multiple times in the near future (for example on business or to visit family), you should consider applying for a multiple entry visa. You may be granted a visa valid for up to 10 years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. If you wish to come to Canada to visit a child or grandchild, you may wish to apply for a Super Visa.
A Parent and Grandparent Super Visa allows parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens or permanent residents to remain in Canada for up to 24 months at a time without the need for renewal of their status. To obtain a Super Visa, the applicant must be admissible to Canada and meet certain additional requirements. For more, please visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.
A single entry visa allows you to enter Canada only once. This visa may also be used for repeated entries into Canada from the USA or St. Pierre and Miquelon provided you do not enter another country. Such entries must occur within the time authorized by the officer at the port of entry for your stay in Canada.
A transit visa is required for travel through Canada to another country by those persons who need a temporary resident visa and whose flight will stop in Canada for less than 48 hours. To obtain a transit visa you must provide specific evidence of your travel arrangements.
Even if you are a citizen of a country where you do not require a visa to visit Canada, you must still have a valid passport and be admissible to Canada. Some citizens from visa exempt countries have more requirements such as having a machine readable passport or an e-passport to travel to Canada. Examples of this are certain passports issued by Lithuania and Poland.
For specific information about passport requirements read the Embassy of Canada website for your country of citizenship.
Note: a visa exemption does not guarantee you automatic entry into Canada. You must still satisfy an immigration officer at the port-of-entry that you are admissible as per the requirements that are listed on this page. If you do not meet these requirements, you may not be allowed to enter Canada.
If you have ever been a landed immigrant or permanent resident and would like to visit Canada, please refer to the additional information on “Permanent residents outside Canada”