There is no doubt that Canada is a popular destination for tourists. With a population of around 35 million, the country sees an average of 25 million visitors pass through its borders every year. Perfect for culture vultures and adventure seekers alike, Canada’s sprawling wilderness and distinctly unique cities hold something for everyone. From the snow-topped mountains of the iconic Banff National Park to the nations many lakes, Canada is a huge attraction for many thrill seekers. Hiking, kayaking, skiing and fishing are all popular reasons for visiting Canada.
For visitors from the UK, an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) is required to visit or transit through Canada by air. The leniency period that allowed travellers to board their flight without an eTA recently ended, so it is important that anyone planning to visit Canada secures their eTA in advance of booking their flight. Similar to the United States ESTA, the application process is very simple and many people are approved within minutes, although some applications can take a few days. For this reason, it is important to make sure you secure your eTA before travelling, as you won’t be able to board your flight without it.
If you are from America arriving in Canada by land or sea, you will not need an eTA, but you will still need to travel with acceptable travel documents such as a passport. This means that visitors hoping to visit Canada for a short period by crossing the border from the United States will be able to do so provided they have a valid passport. Visitors from some countries will require a valid visa in order to visit Canada by air, land or sea, but most European countries are exempt from this.
Citizens from the following countries will require a visa to visit Canada or transit through Canada.
Cameroon, Republic of
Central African Republic
China, People’s Republic of
Congo, Democratic Republic of
Congo, Republic of
Costa Rica, Republic of
Israel – holders of valid Israeli “Travel Document in lieu of National Passport”
Macao Special Administrative Region
Micronesia, Fed. States
Sao Tomé e Principe
Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Vincent and the Grenadines (St. Vincent)
Taiwan – Note: Taiwanese citizens who hold a passport issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan that does not include their personal identification number need a visa to come to Canada. Taiwanese citizens who hold a passport issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan that includes their personal identification number need an eTA to come to Canada.
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates