The definition of a visitor to Canada is someone who:
Unless they are exempt, every visitor must be granted a visa for their Canada visit prior to arriving at the Port of Entry (POE). When they do arrive, all visitors must have their visa as required.
If that’s you, you will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) prior to boarding your flight. Changes in November 2016 mean this is a requirement for all members of visa-exempt nations travelling by air. It also includes those on transit through Canada.
Foreign nationals must submit their application for a tourist visa to a visa office of Canada in their own country. An interview may be required at which the applicant will meet with a visa officer. The officer will assess the applicant for the following issues:
Once issued, the tourist visa grants the applicant permission to arrive in Canada. They will be questioned by immigration officers on arrival at port of entry to confirm their admissibility.
A tourist visa may enable people to make a single Canada visit or multiple. It’s possible to get a single-entry visa up to 6 months prior to the expected travel date.
A multiple-entry tourist visa will be valid for a maximum of ten years or else to one month before the traveller’s passport expiry date; whichever comes first.
Immigration officers typically issued visa for 6 months to any applicants who wish to enter Canada for a visit.
Foreign nationals who have already begun the immigrant visa process may still apply to get a temporary resident visa for their Canada visit.
You will need a visa for a Canada visit or a transit if you are a citizen of one of the following countries or territories:
Citizens of the countries and territories below must submit biometric information as part of their application for a tourist visa. Applicants must show in-person in order to have fingerprints and photographs taken, regardless of whether their visa is for temporary residency, work or studying.
Citizens from any country or territory below do not require a tourist visit for their Canada visit or transit:
Holders of an Israeli passport or an e-passport issued by Poland or Lithuania don’t require a visa for a Canada visit or a transit.
Taiwan passport holders are also exempt provided the passport is issued by Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It should include the holder’s personal ID number.
A visa is not required for a Canada visit or a transit for citizens of any British dependent territory:
Furthermore, the following do not require a visa for a Canada visit or a transit:
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