Canada Visitor Visa (Tourist Visa)

Canada Visitor Visa (Also Known as Canada Tourist Visa)

Before immigrating to a new country, it's advisable to see what the atmosphere is like first. For this reason, we recommend a Visitor Visa to those who want to do the exploring on their own terms before making big decisions. Canada's Visitor Visa, or Canadian Tourist Visa, is required for applicants who want to enter Canada on a temporary basis, whether it be to visit family or see the country as a tourist. There are two types of Canadian Visitor Visas, one for single entry and another for multiple-entry use. 

Single entry visas are granted for a period of up to 6 months while the maximum validity date for multiple-entry visitor visas is up to 10 years or one month prior to the expiry date on the passport or re-entry visa (whichever date comes first). You'll only need a multiple-entry visa when travelling in and out of Canada, for example, you may land in Canada, travel to countries in South America, and fly back to Canada again to travel home from there.

Why Visit Canada?

Visitor's Visa

As the second-largest country in the world, Canada has no shortage of breathtaking natural wonders and cosmopolitan cities for travellers to explore. From coast to coast, the country offers authentic experiences and opportunities for cultural immersion. There is a rich history that has melded together colonial and indigenous traditions to form a diverse immigrant society.

Discover the highest tides in the world at the Bay of Fundy in the East along with the wildlife that inhabits the rare, temperate rainforests on the West coast. Canada is the perfect place for nature-lovers and city-slickers alike to go away on vacation.

In central Canada, you will hear the roaring sound of Niagara Falls where you can go on boat trips along the river, taking in amazing views of the misty cliffs. Your visit wouldn’t be complete without spending time in either Toronto, Vancouver, or Montreal, all bustling, world-class international cities that host many events such as music festivals and traditional parades.

For those who are interested in venturing out to the wilder side of Canada’s Maritime Provinces in the east, the beauty of Gros Morne National Park will astound you. Along with the rich heritage that cities like Halifax and St John’s provide, Canada’s North gives visitors the opportunity to see creatures like caribou and polar bears in the wild. Here you can also join countless other visitors that are heading up into the Arctic Circle, hoping to see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). Do all this and more with your Canadian tourist visa or opt to start planning your immigration to this welcoming nation.

What Are the Requirements to Get a Visitor Visa to Canada? 

Visitor's Visa

Every traveller needs to be in possession of a valid passport (or unabridged birth certificate in the case of children) in order to travel across the Canadian border, no matter their country of origin. The passport needs to have an open page for immigration and passport control officers to stamp as you move across the borders or airport control points.

A lot of countries are exempt from applying for a Canada Visitor Visa and will only need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) but those that are not exempt need to appear in person at the Canadian embassy in their country of residence. A biometric screening is done by an embassy consultant and the travel documents that you must collect and present are checked for approval (generally over a 4-6 week waiting period however this depends on your nationality and where you are applying from).

The general requirements for a Travel Visa are as follows:

  • A valid travel document;
  • Be in good health;
  • No criminal record or immigration-related convictions;
  • Proof of ties in home country such as job, family, financial assets to prove you will return home;
  • Sufficient fund for your length of stay in Canada; 
  • Be admissible to Canada.

Reasons for possibly being admissible to Canada include but are not limited to any criminal activity, human rights violations, organized crime, security risks as well as health and financial reasons.

We provide expert knowledge concerning all the necessary documents and requirements for a Canada Visitor Visa as well as programs that go beyond temporary visas and pave the way to permanent residency. If you're looking for more programs regarding immigration, sign up today and speak to our RCICs to find out which routes you are best suited for. Fill out the form below so that we can assist you in compiling all the necessary documents needed to get your Canada Visitor Visa application approved.

COVID-19 Canada: Travel Requirements

From September 7, 2021, all foreign nationals who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveler exemption can visit Canada. Here’s a list of what you can do to qualify to enter Canada:

Covid-19 Travel Requirements

  • Have received the full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine;
  • Have received your last dose at least 14 days prior to the day you enter Canada;
  • Upload your proof of vaccination in the ArriveCAN app;
  • All travellers 5 years and older must provide one of the accepted types of COVID-19 tests, not an antigen test, including those who are fully vaccinated; and
  • If selected, you must take a randomized arrival test. You don’t have to pay for the test or wait for results.

COVID-19 Border Checklist

When you arrive in Canada you must have the following items with you for assessment by a government official at the border:

  • ArriveCAN receipt with uploaded proofs of vaccination - 2 images for 2 doses;
  • proof of vaccination;
  • pre-entry test results; and
  • other travel documents.

What About My Family?

Visitor's Visa

Canada is one of the best destinations in the world for family getaways. Children will always be entertained as the capital cities are filled with everything from zoos and aquariums to amusement parks and even rodeos. In winter, indulge in some child's play with a tobogganing ride down a snowy hill or a magical ice-skating experience outdoors.

If you’re searching for more educational activities, Ontario Science Centre and Fort York are good options. Further afield, Nahanni National Park Reserve and Gros Morne National Park give you the opportunity to spend quality time connecting through camping adventures, scenic train rides, and wildlife-spotting.

Please note that minor children (children under the age of 18 years old) will be required to have the same document as adult travellers. This is to ensure the safety of minors and those who do not have the necessary documents will be scrutinized closely.

Minor's Travelling Alone

Children who are travelling to Canada alone will need the following documents:

  • Own passport
  • Copy of birth certificate
  • Letter of authorization signed by both parents/legal guardians with contact information (in English or French if possible)

Minor's Travelling With One Parent or Guardian

Children who are travelling to Canada with one parent or legal guardian will require the following documents:

  • Child's passport
  • Copy of birth certificate
  • Letter of authorization signed by the parent not accompanying the child with contact details (in English or French if possible)

Parents that are Separated, Divorced, or Have Shared Custody

  • Copies of legal custody documents
  • Letter of authorization from the other parent/guardian

Parents that are Separated or Divorced and One Parent Has Sole Custody

  • Letter of authorization signed by that parent
  • Custody decree

One of the Parents is Deceased

  • Copy of death certificate

Adoptive Parents or Legal Guardian

  • Copy of guardianship/adoption papers

Minor Travelling to Canada with Anyone Other Than Parents or Legal Guardian

  • Written consent from parents or guardians to supervise the child (include contact details of parents/guardians)
  • Copy of parents' or legal guardian's signed passports or national identity cards

Whatever activities you choose, the entire family is sure to enjoy their time in Canada as it is so well-equipped for international travel. With many immigrants populating the major cities, you'll also find the country very diverse and multi-cultural, giving you a small taste of what it would be like to make the move to this radiant part of the world. With an aging population, Canada is also very inviting when it comes to children and immigration laws as there is a need for the youth to re-energize the workforce and make use of the world-class education systems.

FAQs: Canada Visitor Visa

What do you want to know about the Canadian visitor visa in 2021? See below for frequently asked questions.

1. Is Canada’s visitor visa open?

Canada will open applications for visitor visas on September 7, 2021. However, only visitors who qualify for the fully vaccinated travel exemption will be allowed to enter Canada. See the above-listed requirements.

2. Is Canada’s visitor visa multiple entry?

All applicants will be considered for a multiple entry visa which allows you to travel to Canada for six months as many times as you want. However, not all applicants will be eligible for a multiple entry visa. This remains at the discretion of a visa officer. A single entry visa may be issued in cases where, for example:

  • An applicant is eligible for a fee-exemption and where the purpose of entry to Canada is limited (e.g., for an official visit by a foreign national);
  • An applicant is participating in a one-time special event in Canada (Pan-American Games); and/or
  • Country-specific procedures or guidelines are in place and approved by IRCC.

3. Can Canada’s visitor visa transfer to a work permit?

On August 24, 2020, the IRCC introduced a new COVID-19 policy that allows visitors who are currently in Canada and have a valid job offer to apply for an employer-specific work permit and if approved can start working without leaving the country.

4. Does Canada’s visitor visa require biometrics?

You need to give your biometrics if you apply for a visitor visa. However, there are certain exceptions. Due to COVID-19, anyone in Canada applying for temporary residence is exempt from giving biometrics. If you gave biometrics in the last 10 years for a visitor visa and they’re still valid then you don’t have to give them again.

5. How long is Canada's visitor visa processing time?

Visitor visa application processing times vary from country to country and whether or not you’re applying from inside or outside of Canada. A person applying from India, for example, can wait approximately four months for a Canadian visitor visa.

Do you want to visit and need a Canada Visitor Visa? At canadianvisa.org we make applying for your visa simple. Fill out the form and one of our account managers will call you to begin your Canadian tourist visa application process.

Girl in canoe on Canadian lake

Want to learn more about Canada? Subscribe to our newsletter and get an e-book on Canadian immigration filled with mesmerizing sights of Canada!

Please enter a valid phone number.

CanadianVisa.org is a private recognized immigration agent and is not affiliated with the Canadian Government.
Privacy policy