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Visiting Canada


Pas­sports and Visas

All visi­tors to Cana­da must have a valid pas­sport or other appro­ved proof of citi­zen­ship. Ame­ri­can citi­zens dri­ving into Cana­da may use an Enhan­ced Dri­vers License or U.S. Pas­sport Card, but these docu­ments are not valid for air travel.

If you’re a citi­zen of the U.S., the U.K., Aus­tra­lia, New Zea­land, Japan, the Repu­blic of Korea, France, Ita­ly, Spain, or a long list of other Euro­pean or Carib­bean coun­tries, you do not need a visa to visit Cana­da, as long as your stay won’t exceed six months.

If you’re a citi­zen of ano­ther coun­try (see the list on the Citi­zen­ship and Immi­gra­tion Cana­da [CIC] web­site), you must apply for a Tem­po­ra­ry Resident Visa. It gene­ral­ly takes bet­ween one and four weeks for your visa to be pro­ces­sed ; check the CIC web­site for cur­rent visa pro­ces­sing times.

Are you Visi­ting Fami­ly in Canada ?

If you have a child or grand­child living in Cana­da who is a Cana­dian citi­zen or per­ma­nent resident, then you may be eli­gible for the Parent and Grand­parent Super Visa.

This « Super Visa » will allow you to remain in Cana­da for up to two years.

Even if you’re from a coun­try that doesn’t require a visa to visit Cana­da, you can apply for the Super Visa if you meet the cri­te­ria and you want to remain in Cana­da for more than six months.

Tra­vel Information

For more infor­ma­tion about when to go, where to tra­vel, and how to orga­nize your trip, see Plan­ning Your Trip.

You can also read more about visi­ting Cana­da in the Tra­vel sec­tion of this website.

– Excerp­ted (in part) from the book, Living Abroad in Cana­da. To read more, buy the book.

Chan­ging of the Guard in Otta­wa, Pho­to ©Carolyn B. Heller