Visitor Visas

Temporary Resident Visas (Visitor Visas) For Canada

Canada welcomes more than 35 million temporary residents (non-immigrants) each year. Except for Canadian citizens and permanent residents, all other individuals require permission to enter Canada as a visitor.

Unless they are citizens of a visa-exempt country, individuals who wish to enter Canada for a temporary purpose, such as tourists, temporary foreign workers (individuals with work permits) and international students (individuals on study permits) must apply for and be granted a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV).

  • To find out if you need a TRV before departure to Canada, click here.

(Citizens of visa-exempt countries intending to travel to Canada by air are expected to have applied for an obtained an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) before their departure to Canada. Exceptions to this include citizens of the United States, who do not require a TRV or an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), and Green Card holders in the United States, who need an eTA to come to Canada, regardless of their nationality. Unless otherwise exempt from the requirement to obtain a TRV or an eTA, individuals who require a TRV do not require an eTA, and vice versa.)

The TRV is a document issued by a Canadian Immigration Visa Office outside Canada, showing that the holder has satisfied the requirements for admission to Canada as a visitor. TRVs may be for single entry or multiple entry. As a general rule, tourists are admitted for a period of six months. Temporary foreign workers and international students are admitted for varying periods of time, as determined on a case-by-case basis. Extensions may be applied for from within Canada.

It is important to note that possession of a valid TRV does not necessarily mean that the Officer at the Canadian Port of Entry will admit the visitor into Canada. At the Port of Entry, all visitors must demonstrate that the purpose of their visit to Canada is of a temporary nature. Officers at the Port of Entry will deny admission to all persons who, in their opinion, do not intend to leave Canada at the expiry of their visitor status.

Items to note:

  • Certain applicants may need to undergo a medical examination. This pertains to some individuals who intend to remain in Canada and have recently visited certain countries, as well as persons who intend to work in certain occupations in Canada. To learn more, click here.
  • Criminality and medical issues may prevent a visitor from entering Canada.
  • Visitors to Canada must be able to prove their ability to support themselves during their intended temporary stay in Canada.
  • Citizens of certain countries may need to provide biometric information. To learn which countries this applies to, click here.

 

Country Checklist: Temporary Resident Visas

TRVs are required for citizens of certain countries. The chart below outlines which individuals require a TRV and which individuals need an eTA in order to enter Canada.

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Country TRV Required? eTA Required?
 Afghanistan  YES  NO
 Albania  YES  NO
 Algeria  YES NO
Andorra  NO  YES
 Angola  YES  NO
 Anguilla  NO  YES
 Antigua & Barbuda  NO  YES
 Argentina  YES  NO
 Armenia  YES  NO
 Australia  NO  YES
 Austria  NO  YES
 Azerbaijan  YES NO
 Bahamas  NO   YES
 Bahrain   YES  NO
 Bangladesh   YES  NO
 Barbados  NO
 Belarus  YES  NO
 Belgium  NO  YES
 Belize YES NO
 Benin  YES  NO
 Bermuda   NO  YES
 Bhutan  YES   NO
 Bolivia  YES   NO
 Bosnia-Herzegovina  YES   NO
 Botswana  YES   NO
 Brazil  YES   NO
 Brunei  YES   NO
 Bulgaria  YES  NO
Burkina Faso  YES   NO
 Burundi  YES  NO
 Cambodia  YES  NO
 Cameroon  YES  NO
 Cape Verde  YES  NO
 Central African Republic  YES  NO
 Chad  YES  NO
 Chile  NO  YES
 China  YES  NO
 China  YES  NO
 Comoros  YES  NO
 Congo, Democratic Republic  YES  NO
 Congo, Republic of  YES  NO
 Costa Rica  YES  NO
 Croatia NO YES
 Cuba  YES  NO
 Cyprus  NO  YES
 Czech Republic  NO  YES
 Denmark  NO  NO
 Djibouti  YES  NO
 Dominica  YES  NO
 Dominican Republic  YES  NO
 Ecuador  YES NO
Egypt  YES  NO
 El Salvador  YES NO
Equatorial Guinea  YES  NO
 Eritrea  YES NO
Estonia  NO  YES
 Ethiopia  YES NO
Fiji  YES  NO
 Finland NO  YES
 France  NO YES
 Gabon  YES  NO
 Gambia  YES  NO
 Georgia  YES  NO
 Germany  YES  NO
 Ghana  YES  NO
 Greece  NO  YES
 Grenada  YES  NO
 Guatemala  YES  NO
 Guinea  YES  NO
 Guyana  YES  NO
 Haiti  YES  NO
 Honduras  YES  NO
 Hungary  NO  YES
 Iceland  NO  YES
 India  YES  NO
 Indonesia  YES  NO
 Iran  YES  NO
 Iraq  YES  NO
 Ireland  NO  YES
 Israel (passport holders)  NO  YES
 Israel (holders of travel document in lieu of passport)  YES  NO
 Italy  NO  YES
 Ivory Coast  YES  NO
 Jamaica  YES  NO
 Japan  NO  YES
 Jordan  YES  NO
 Kazakhstan  YES  NO
 Kenya  YES  NO
 Kiribati  YES  NO
 Korea, North  YES  NO
 Korea, South  NO  YES
 Kosovo  YES  NO
 Kuwait  YES  NO
 Kyrgyzstan  YES  NO
Laos YES  NO
 Latvia  NO  YES
 Lebanon  YES  NO
 Lesotho  YES  NO
 Liberia  YES  NO
 Libya  YES  NO
 Liechtenstein  NO  YES
 Lithuania  NO  YES
 Luxembourg  NO  YES
 Macao  YES  NO
 Macedonia  YES  NO
 Madagascar  YES  NO
 Malawi  YES  NO
 Malaysia  YES  NO
 Maldives  YES  NO
 Mali  YES  NO
 Malta  NO YES
Mauritania  YES  NO
 Mauritius  YES  NO
 Mexico  NO  YES
 Moldova  YES  NO
 Monaco  NO  YES
 Mongolia  YES  NO
 Montenegro  YES  NO
 Morocco  YES  NO
 Mozambique  YES  NO
 Myanmar  YES NO
Namibia  YES  NO
 Nepal  YES  NO
 Netherlands  NO  YES
 New Zealand  NO YES
Nicaragua  YES  NO
 Niger  YES  NO
 Nigeria  YES  NO
 Norway  NO  YES
 Oman  YES  NO
 Pakistan YES NO
 Palau  YES  NO
 Panama  YES  NO
 Paraguay  YES  NO
 Peru  YES  NO
 Philippines  YES  NO
 Poland  NO  YES
 Portugal  NO  YES
 Qatar  YES  NO
 Romania  YES  NO
 Russia  YES  NO
 Rwanda  YES  NO
 San Marino  YES  NO
 Sao Tome e Principe  YES  NO
 Saudi Arabia  YES  NO
 Senegal  YES NO
Serbia  YES  NO
 Seychelles  YES  NO
 Sierra Leone  YES  NO
 Singapore  NO  YES
 Slovakia  NO  YES
 Slovenia  NO  YES
 Somalia  YES  NO
 South Africa  YES  NO
Spain  NO  YES
 Sri Lanka  YES  NO
 St. Kitts & Nevis  YES  NO
 Sudan  YES NO
Surinam  YES  NO
 Swaziland  YES  NO
 Sweden  NO  YES
 Switzerland  NO  YES
 Syria  YES  NO
 Taiwan  NO  YES
 Tajikistan  YES  NO
 Tanzania  YES  NO
 Thailand  YES  NO
 Togo YES NO
 Tonga  YES  NO
 Trinidad and Tobago  YES NO
Tunisia  YES  NO
 Turkey  YES  NO
 Turkmenistan  YES  NO
 Turks and Caicos  NO  YES
 Tuvalu  YES  NO
 Uganda  YES NO
Ukraine YES NO
 United Arab Emirates  YES NO
United Kingdom  NO  YES
 United States of America  NO YES
Uruguay YES NO
 Uzbekistan YES NO
 Vanuatu  YES NO
Venezuela YES NO
 Vietnam YES NO
Yemen  YES  NO
 Zambia YES NO
 Zimbabwe YES  NO