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How to enter Canada through a visitor visa.

August 2021: Travel Updates

Fully vaccinated foreign nationals will be allowed to Canada for travel if they meet specific criteria:

  • August 9: American citizens and permanent residents of the United States, currently residing in and arriving from the United States, and who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveler exemption
  • September 7 (intended start date): All other foreign nationals who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveler exemption

Travelers are no longer required to book a 3-night hotel stopover in Canada.

  • Flights from India suspended

About Visitor Visas

A visitor visa (temporary resident visa) is an official document that shows you meet the requirements to enter Canada. Most travelers need a visitor visa in their passports to enter Canada or to transition through a Canadian airport.

You can apply for a visitor visa online or on paper.

It usually takes around 10 to 14 working days to obtain the Canada Tourist Visa. You will have to collect your Visa and Passport from the Visa Office.

Most visitors can stay up to 6 months in Canada.

At the port of entry, the border services officer may allow you to stay for more or less than 6 months, if so, they’ll put the date you need to leave in your passport.

If you don’t get a stamp in your passport, you can stay for 6 months from the day you entered Canada or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. For a stamp at an airport that uses primary inspection kiosks, ask a border officer.

Make sure you need a visitor visa before you apply

You may need a visitor visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization. The entry document you need depends on:

  • Type of travel document travel with
  • The country that issued your travel document
  • Nationality
  • Method of travel

Find out if you need a visa to travel to Canada: Click here


You must meet some requirements to get a visitor visa.

You must:

  • Have a valid travel document, (e.g. passport)
  • Be in good health
  • Have no criminal or immigration-related convictions
  • Convince an immigration officer that you have ties—such as a job, home, financial assets ,or family—that will take you back to your home country
  • Convince an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit
  • Have enough money for your stay
    • The amount of money you need depends on the length of your stay and if you stay in a hotel, with friends, or relatives.

You may need a medical exam and a letter of invitation from someone who lives in Canada.

Check the list of documents you need based on your situation.


Some people are not admissible to Canada, meaning they cannot enter. You can be inadmissible for several reasons, including:

  • Criminal activity
  • Human rights violations
  • Organized crime

You can also be inadmissible for security, health ,or financial reasons. 

Find out more about inadmissibility.

Minor children traveling to Canada

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Make sure you know what to do if your minor children (children under 18) will be traveling with you, with someone else, or alone.

Travel Documents

Check what supporting documents you need here.

Make sure you have all the documents you need.

If it’s incomplete, your application will be returned without processing.

You may also have to:

Most applications are processed in a few weeks or less. Processing times depend on the visa office and if you need to do any extra steps (listed above).

Your passport and other original documents will be returned to you after your application is processed.

If approved:


You’ll get 2 letters in your IRCC account:

  • Decision letter
  • A letter with instructions to submit your passport

This approval doesn’t mean you can travel to Canada, you need to wait until the visa is in the passport.

On paper:

When your application is approved, any original documents, including your passport with the visa, will be returned to you.

Before you travel to Canada

All travelers entering Canada must follow testing and quarantine requirements to keep everyone safe. Under certain conditions, you may be exempt from some requirements.

Submit your information to the ArriveCAN app

You must use ArriveCAN before checking in at the airport or crossing the border to submit your:

  • Travel and contact information
  • Quarantine plan
  • COVID-19 symptom self-assessment

Bring your ArriveCAN receipt (electronic or paper) with you to show the border services officer upon arrival.

Proof that you’re eligible to travel to Canada

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You must bring evidence that you meet the eligibility requirements to travel, such as:

  • A negative COVID-19 test result (taken within 72 hours of your departure)
  • Evidence you provided in your visa application
  • Written authorization from IRCC (if required)
  • Written authorization from the Public Health Agency of Canada (if you’re travelling for compassionate reasons)

If you can’t provide this information, you won’t be allowed to board your flight to Canada or enter at a Canadian land port of entry.

Consult the list of documents you need based on your situation.

If either of the following situations applies to you or someone you’ll travel with, have the documents indicated in hand:

You have a child under the age of 18 (a minor child)

In Canada, a child under the age of 18 is considered a minor.

You need to show:

  • A letter that authorizes the minor child to travel to Canada, and
  • Other documents, such as adoption papers or a custody decree, depending on if the minor child travels alone or not

Find out more about minor children traveling to Canada

You were invited to come to Canada

If you got a letter from a person or company that invited you to Canada, bring that letter with you. A border services officer may ask to see it.

Find out more about letters of invitation

Your arrival in Canada

A valid visa and travel document don’t guarantee that you can enter Canada. You must also meet the current health requirements due to COVID-19.

In Canada, your identity will be checked with your documents. You will also need the ArriveCAN receipt and quarantine plan.

  • Health assessment before you leave the port of entry. If you’re a foreign national with symptoms of COVID-19, you won’t be allowed to enter Canada.
  • If you enter Canada at one of 4 major Canadian airports
    • Your fingerprints will be checked automatically at a primary inspection kiosk.
    • The system will check your identity.
    • At a land port of entry
    • Your fingerprints may be checked.

You enter Canada

If you pass identity checks, health assessments, and meet the entry requirements, the border services officer may stamp your passport to stay in Canada.

In some cases, the officer may limit or extend your time in Canada, depending on the purpose of your visit. Ask questions if you’re not sure about something. Normally, you can stay up to 6 months.

Providing false or incomplete information will not allow you to enter Canada.

The officer must be convinced that:

  • You’re eligible for entry into Canada
  • You’ll leave Canada at the end of your approved length of stay

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