How to apply for a tourist visa to Canada?

A visitor visa (also called a temporary resident visa) is an official document that proves you are eligible to enter Canada.

Most travelers need a tourist visa to travel to Canada or transit through a Canadian airport on their way to their final destination. In turn, this visa is sub-divided into:

  • Visitor's Visa: One entry.
  • Visitor Visa: Multiple entries.
  • Transit Visa.

The only persons exempt from tourist visa to Canada are those who can enter the country with an Electronic Travel Authorization (also known as: Electronic Travel Authorization - eTA).

What type of document do you need to enter Canada?

It gives you the opportunity to enter Canada for a specific period of time or to transit Canadian territory to your final destination.

Restrictions for this type of visa

Some people are not allowed to enter Canada, which makes them inadmissible. You may be considered inadmissible to Canada for a number of reasons, including being involved in:

  • Criminal activity.
  • Human rights violations.
  • Organized crime.

More information on inadmissibility.

Requirements for this type of visa

  • Have a valid travel document, such as a passport.
  • Have no criminal or immigration-related convictions.
  • Convince an immigration officer that you have ties that will take you back to your home country.
  • Convince an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your stay.
  • Have enough money for your stay. The amount of money you will need will depend on the length of your trip.
  • You may also need a medical examination and a letter of invitation from someone living in Canada.