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The visa customs of Canada

2020-03-17 17:51:08
The visa customs of Canada
Applying for travel visas can be confusing, especially if you’re not sure which type of travel visa fits your situation. If you’re visiting Canada for a short vacation, you’ll need to apply for one of the two visitor’s visas depending on your situation. More about the Canadian visitor’s visas.

Canada does not treat all international visitors the same; citizens of certain countries will have an easier time entering Canada than others. All foreign visitors to Canada, however, must bring a valid passport from their home country.

 

If you want to visit Canada, you’ll likely need to apply for one of two documents: an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) or a visitor’s visa. A Canadian eTA is not the same thing as a Canadian visitor’s visa.

 

Who doesn’t need an eTa or a visa?

Residents of the United States have the easiest entry to Canada, and don’t require anything other than a passport to get in.

 

eTA

A Canadian eTA is easier and quicker to apply for than a Canadian visa is. An eTA is electronic rather than physical, and it is automatically connected to your passport once your application is approved.

 

Residents of Great Britain, western Europe, and a few other countries have to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) before they can enter. This is a very easy process that only takes a couple of minutes and should be done online before you leave. Once completed, an ETA lasts for five years or until you get a new passport.

 

The list of eTA eligible countries are listed in the table below:

 

Andorra

Anguilla

Antigua and Barbuda

Australia

Austria

Bahamas

Barbados

Belgium

Bermuda

British Virgin Islands

Brunei

Cayman Islands

Chile

Croatia

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Estonia

Falkland Islands

Finland

France

Germany

Gibraltar

Greece

Holy See

Hong Kong

Hungary

Iceland

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Japan

Korea (Republic of)

Latvia

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Malta

Mexico

Monaco

Montserrat

Netherlands

New Zealand

Norway

Papua New Guinea

Pitcairn

Poland

Portugal

St. Helena

Samoa

San Marino

Singapore

Slovakia

Slovenia

Solomon Islands

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

Taiwan

United Kingdom

 

Visitor’s visa

A Canadian visitor’s visa is a physical authorization, such as a stamp or a sticker that is placed in your passport so that you are allowed to enter Canada.

 

Residents of countries not covered by the ETA program can only visit Canada after obtaining a short-term visitor’s visa.

 

If you are a citizen of a country that requires Canadian visas, you will have to undergo a longer process to get your visitor’s visa. Applications can be done online, through the mail, or at an overseas Canadian consulate. They take a couple of weeks to process and usually cost around $200.

 

Other cases

It is illegal for anyone, from any country, to enter Canada to work or live without first obtaining a long-term visa, which is much more complicated to apply for, and take many months to be approved.

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