Canada takes tourism with the utmost importance, which is quite understandable, as the country makes quite a bit of revenue from visitors coming in for tourism. Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the world and some country’s economy relies solely on tourism. According to Statista, travel and tourism contributed about 139 billion CAD to the Canadian GDP. This tells you the effect the industry has on the economy.
The Canadian government is a very welcoming one, and as such the immigration rules are more friendly towards visitors into the country. If you are coming into Canada as a tourist, then you fall under the temporary residency and you are going to apply for a visitor visa.
Most people need a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to travel to Canada, while some people may only need their valid passport. Let’s look at some of the requirements for eTA.
You will be required to apply for an eTA if the following apply to you:
- You are a citizen of a visa-exempt country, meaning that you are a citizen of a country where Canada does not require you to make an application for a Visitor visa; and
- You are traveling to Canada by air, either to visit or to take a connecting flight.
Your eTA will be valid for up to 5 years or until your passport expires, whichever one comes first. If your passport expires then you will need a new eTA.
You DO NOT need an eTA if you are entering Canada by land or sea either by bus, train, boat, automotive vehicle or cruise ship.
There are exemptions to these requirements, for example, if you are a foreign national with official Canadian Documents. Please contact us at AKM Law for more information if you are exempt from an eTA
An eta does not guarantee entry into Canada. When you arrive a CBSA officer will assess if you are eligible to enter. If you have past criminality, overstay issues, or other complication it is advisable to seek legal advice to understand your options. Please contact us at AKM Law for more information.
If you are a citizen from the following countries, you are required to apply for an eTA to board your flight to Canada (but not by land or sea).
A visitor visa does not guarantee entry into Canada. When you arrive, a CBSA officer will assess if you are eligible to enter. You may be inadmissible to Canada, which means you are not allowed to enter the country based on some following reasons:
- Criminal activity
- Human rights violations
- Organized crime
- More here
You may still be able to entry by applying for a Temporary Resident Permit. To find out more if you are inadmissible please check our inadmissible information.
If you are a citizen of the following countries then you are required to apply for a visitor visa to enter Canada. The visitor visa application will evaluate if you meet the requirements needed to travel to Canada:
These are basic requirements that you will need to show when applying for a visitor visa
- Have a valid travel document
- Be in good health
- Have no criminal or immigration-related convictions
- Ties to your home country, i.e. job, home, financial, assets, or family
- Convince an immigration officer that you leave Canada at the end of your visit
The above is a non-exhaustive list of factors officers will consider when evaluating your application. Other documents may be effective to prove that you will leave at the end of your authorized stay in Canada. Please contact us to find out more about the application process and other support documents to help your application succeed.