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13 more countries are now visa exempt

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By Shelby Thevenot

Posted on June 6, 2023

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Canada has just added 13 countries to the electronic travel authorization (eTA) program.

Travellers from these countries who have either held a Canadian visa in the last 10 years or who currently hold a valid United States non-immigrant visa can now apply for an eTA instead of a visa when flying to Canada.

Effective June 6, 2023, eligible travellers from these countries can benefit from the program:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Philippines
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago

The eTA is a digital travel document that most visa-exempt travellers need in order to travel to or transit through Canada by air. It is used by Canadian officials to conduct pre-travel screening of air travellers. Travellers pay CAD$7 to apply. Most applications are automatically approved within minutes.

Visa-free air travel is intended to make it faster, easier, and more affordable for thousands of travellers to visit Canada for up to six months for either business or tourism. It will help Canada’s economy grow by facilitating travel, tourism, and international business.

With fewer applications for visitor visas coming in, the expansion of the eTA will also divert thousands of applications from Canada’s visa caseload, allowing us to process visa applications more efficiently, which will benefit all visa applicants.

Travellers who already have a valid visa can continue to use it to fly to Canada. Those who are not eligible for an eTA, or who are travelling to Canada by means other than air (for example, by car, bus, train, boat and cruise ship), will still need a visitor visa. Travellers can visit the Canadian government website to find out whether they’re eligible for an eTA and how to apply for one.

To apply for an eTA, travellers need the following documents: a valid passport, a credit card, an email address and access to the Internet.

About 20.9 million eTAs have been issued since the eTA program was introduced on August 1, 2015.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) first expanded its eTA program in April 2017 to include eligible Brazilians, Bulgarians and Romanians. Later that year, Canada lifted the visa requirement for all citizens of Bulgaria and Romania. Eligible Brazilian nationals continue to enjoy visa-free air travel to Canada to this day.

Within the next 12 months, Canada expects to receive 200,000 (or 20 percent) more visitors from these 13 countries. Within a decade, increased travel from these countries is expected to bring almost $160 million in additional tourism revenue.

“This exciting development means that more individuals from around the world can now embark on unforgettable adventures, explore our diverse landscapes, reunite with family and friends, and immerse themselves in our vibrant culture without the hurdle of visa requirements,” Minister Fraser said in a media release. “This expansion not only enhances convenience for travellers, it will also increase travel, tourism and economic benefits, as well as strengthen global bonds with these 13 countries.”

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Travellers from 13 more countries now eligible to visit Canada without a visa

Canada is expanding the list of countries whose residents are eligible to visit this country without a travel visa.

People travelling by air from Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Costa Rica, Morocco, Panama, Philippines, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay can now do so for up to six months without a visa, according to a release by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

“This exciting development means that more individuals from around the world can now embark on unforgettable adventures, explore our diverse landscapes, reunite with family and friends, and immerse themselves in our vibrant culture without the hurdle of visa requirements,” said Immigration Minister Sean Fraser in a statement issued Tuesday. “This expansion not only enhances convenience for travellers, it will also increase travel, tourism and economic benefits, as well as strengthen global bonds with these 13 countries.”

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The 13 countries have been added to the list of more than 50 other places from which travellers are visa-exempt and electronic travel authorization (eTA)-eligible, as long as they have either held a Canadian visa in the last 10 years or currently hold a valid United States non-immigrant visa.

The eTA is a $7 pre-screening entry requirement linked to a traveller’s passport for a period of five years, and allows people to enter Canada as frequently as they want for short stays. The eTA applications are also automatically approved within minutes, according to the government release.

The new additions will also help “divert thousands of applications from Canada’s visa caseload,” which can currently take several months, depending on the country from which someone is travelling.

Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly said in the statement the addition of some of the 13 countries, particularly the Philippines, is in line with the federal government’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, released last fall.

“Expanding the eTA program to include countries like the Philippines is also an important part of our Indo-Pacific Strategy, as we look to further engage in the region, build on people-to-people ties and make travel to Canada easier, faster and safer for everyone,” she said.

According to the release, Canada can expect about 20 per cent more visitors from the 13 countries, which could bring in nearly $160 million in tourism revenue within the next decade.

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Canada is extending visa-free travel to 13 new countries - but there’s a catch

Canada is simplifying visa applications for citizens of 13 countries.

Canada's government says it wants to make travelling to the country easier, faster and cheaper.

Canada is extending visa-free travel to a host of new countries.

An additional 13 nations can now visit the country using the electronic travel authorisation (eTA) programme instead of a visitor visa.

Available via a simple online application, the eTA slashes waiting times from weeks to minutes and costs 10 times less.

Here’s who can apply.

What is Canada’s electronic travel authorisation?

Canada’s eTA can be applied for online and costs just $7 CAD (€5). It can be used by certain passport holders when entering Canada for business or tourist stays of up to six months.

Nationals of 57 visa-exempt countries and 10 British overseas territories who are flying into Canada must apply for an eTA. They do not need an eTA or travel visa when arriving by car, bus, train or boat.

EU passport holders and citizens of Iceland, Lichtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Switzerland, Vatican City State and the UK are included in this list.

Until now, only one country that requires a Canadian visa - Brazil - was also eligible for the eTA. 13 more countries have now been added to this list.

But there’s a catch: visa-required eTA applicants must have held a Canadian visitor visa in the past 10 years or currently hold a valid United States nonimmigrant visa.

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Which countries now have visa-free access to Canada?

The 13 visa-required countries that can now take advantage of Canada ’s eTA programme, alongside Brazil , include:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Philippines
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago

What are the benefits of Canada’s eTA?

The Canadian government says expanding visa-free air travel will make it faster, easier and more affordable for thousands of travellers to visit the country.

At $100 CAD (€70) Canada ’s visitor visa is 10 times more expensive than the eTA. The online application requires you to upload various documents, as well as your fingerprints and a photo. When your application is approved, you must send your passport off to get the visa. The process usually takes a few weeks in total.

In comparison, the eTA only requires you to input your passport and payment information in a short online application. This is then approved within minutes via email.

Canada also hopes that extending its eTA programme to more countries will boost tourism while strengthening international relations.

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You need to give your biometrics.

In most cases, you now need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) after you apply.

Find out who needs to give biometrics and how the new application process works.

Biometrics and the application process

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We refer to your fingerprints and photo as biometrics. We collect biometrics for most applications. Find out what happens from when you submit your application to when you get to Canada and where biometrics fits in the process.

1. Apply for your visitor visa, study permit or work permit

If you want to visit, study or work in Canada, make sure you’re eligible to apply. Use our application guides to help fill out your application properly, then submit your application.

Avoid processing delays by sending us a complete application .

2. Get your fingerprints and photo taken

If you’re between 14 and 79 years old, you probably need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics).You only need to give your biometrics once every 10 years to make repeat trips to Canada easier.

  • You must pay the  biometrics fee   when you submit your application.  Otherwise you may experience delays.
  • Get this done  as soon as you get the letter  from us that tells you to give biometrics.
  • You have  30 days  to do this from the date on the letter.

Find out who needs to give , how to give , and  where to give your biometrics .

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Some biometrics collection sites are closed. If the site closest to you is closed, we’ll extend your deadline to give your biometrics. Find out how COVID-19 is affecting biometrics .

3. We process your application

After we get your biometrics, we start processing your application. See how long it takes to process your application.

If we need more information from you, we’ll contact you.

4. We make a decision on your application

When we finish reviewing your application, we let you know if you’re approved to come to Canada. If you are, we issue your documents.

If your application is refused, we send you a letter that tells you why.

5. You travel to Canada (if you’re approved)

Make sure you travel with the documents we gave you. This includes travel documents like a visitor visa, study or work permits or an eTA (electronically linked to your passport).

Airline staff and border service officers at ports of entry will ask to see your travel documents. If you don’t have them, you may not be able to board your flight to Canada.

Make sure children under 18 travel with the right documents .

6. We check your identity when you arrive in Canada

When you arrive, we check your identity to make sure that you are the same person who was approved to travel to Canada. We may use your biometrics to do this.

If we can’t verify your identity, you may be detained by a border services officer. These officers help protect the health and safety of Canadians.

If the officer determines that you’re not admissible to Canada, you won’t be allowed to enter Canada. If you came by air, you’ll have to take a return flight to where you came from.

7. You’re allowed to enter Canada

If you pass the identity check and meet the entry requirements , the border services officer stamps your passport and lets you know how long you can stay in Canada. You’re normally allowed to stay in Canada for up to six months.

Children under 18 must meet the same entry requirements as adults. The border services officer may ask minor children to show other documents depending on whether the child is travelling alone or with someone.

Basic entry requirements

You must meet some basic requirements to enter Canada. You must:

  • have a valid travel document, like a passport
  • be in good health
  • have no criminal or immigration-related convictions
  • convince an immigration officer that you have ties—such as a job, home, financial assets or family—that will take you back to your home country
  • convince an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit
  • The amount of money you will need depends on how long you will stay and if you will stay in a hotel, or with friends or relatives.

Some people are not admissible to Canada, which means they are not allowed to enter the country. You can be inadmissible for several reasons, including being involved in:

  • criminal activity
  • human rights violations
  • organized crime

You can also be inadmissible for security, health or financial reasons.

Find out more about inadmissibility .

Biometrics fee

  • Individual  applicant: CAD $85
  • Families applying at the same time : maximum total fee of CAD $170
  • Groups of 3 or more performing artists and their staff  who apply for work permits at the same time: maximum total fee of $CAD 255

You can apply online or on paper (in specific situations) for:

  • visitor visas (also known as temporary resident visas)
  • super visas (for parents and grandparents)
  • transit visas

Apply online

Before you apply, make sure you need a visa to enter Canada. Find out what document you need to enter Canada .

You must have both of these to apply online:

  • access to a scanner or camera to create electronic copies of your documents to upload
  • a valid credit card to pay with

How you apply depends on what you apply for. Select the document you want to apply for to get instructions:

Visitor visa : Option 1 of 3

Apply for a visitor visa

Super visa (for parents and grandparents) : Option 2 of 3

Apply for a super visa

Transit visa : Option 3 of 3

Apply for a transit visa

Apply on paper (in specific situations)

Before you apply , make sure you need a visa to enter Canada. Find out what document you need to enter Canada .

Read the instruction guide to get all the details to apply on paper.

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Once you have read the guide, you can prepare your application package. You must select the country or territory from which you will apply to get your local visa office instructions.

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Permanent residents of Canada

We do not issue temporary resident visas (TRV) to permanent residents (PR). If you are outside Canada without a valid PR card, you must apply for a permanent resident travel document (PRTD) instead. If you meet the requirements for a PRTD, you can return to Canada as a PR.

If you no longer want to be a PR, or if you know you do not meet the requirements to keep your PR status, you can voluntarily give up (renounce) your PR status to apply for a TRV.

Application for Temporary Resident Visa

You can’t fill out and save the application form using your Internet browser. To use the form, you need to:

  • Use your computer (Mac or PC). The form won’t open on mobile devices (iPads, tablets, mobile phones, etc.)
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  • Download the PDF file to your computer . Save the file in a place you can remember.
  • Make sure you use Adobe Reader to open the form. Sometimes if you try to open the form directly, it will use your Internet browser to try to open it.

Note: If you are applying online , you don’t need to print and sign the form. Leave the signature section empty.

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List of Visa-Free countries to Canada

The Canadian government has recently made an exciting announcement that is set to impact travelers around the world positively. In a move aimed at facilitating easier travel and promoting international connections, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has introduced visa-free travel for citizens of select countries.

This groundbreaking update opens up new possibilities for individuals wishing to explore the beautiful landscapes, vibrant cities, and diverse culture that Canada has to offer. Let’s delve into the details of this remarkable announcement.

Visa-Free Travel to Canada

Eligible countries for Visa-Free Travel to Canada

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has expanded the list of countries eligible for visa-free travel by adding 13 new nations.

The newly added countries that now qualify for visa-free travel to Canada include Panama, Antigua and Barbados in the Caribbean, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Argentina, Morocco, Seychelles, Thailand, and the Philippines.

Effective immediately, individuals from these countries who have previously held a Canadian visa within the last decade or who currently possess a valid non-immigrant visa for the United States will be able to apply for an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) instead of a visa when visiting Canada. This new provision simplifies the travel process and offers greater convenience for eligible travelers.

Can I Travel to Canada without a visa?

Yes, depending on your nationality and eligibility, it is possible to travel to Canada without a visa. Canada has introduced visa-free travel for citizens of certain countries, allowing them to visit for tourism, business, or family visits without the need to obtain a visa.

However, it is important to note that even if you are eligible for visa-free travel, you may still be required to obtain an El ectronic Travel Authorization (eTA) if you are a visa-exempt foreign national flying to Canada.

For more Canadian visa inquiries? Click here to start the process with our help →

What are the Visa-Free countries that can travel to Canada?

The list comprises Panama, the Caribbean island states of Antigua and Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Argentina, Morocco, Seychelles, Thailand, and the Philippines.

What are the Visa-Free countries for Canada?

Below is the full list of Visa-Free countries & nationals for Canada.

1) Andorra 34) Republic of Korea 2) Argentina 35) Latvia 3) Australia 36) Liechtenstein 4) Austria 37) Lithuania 5) Bahamas 38) Luxembourg 6) Barbados 39) Malta 7) Belgium 40) Mexico 8) British citizen 41) Monaco 9) British National (Overseas) 42) Morocco 10) British overseas citizen (re-admissible to the United Kingdom) 43) Netherlands 11) British overseas territory citizen with citizenship through birth, descent, naturalization, or registration in one of the British overseas territories of: ·       Anguilla ·       Bermuda ·       British Virgin Islands ·       Cayman Islands ·       Falkland Islands (Malvinas) ·       Gibraltar ·       Montserrat ·       Pitcairn Island ·       Saint Helena ·       Turks and Caicos Islands 44) New Zealand 12) British Subject with a right of abode in the United Kingdom 45) Norway 13) Brunei Darussalam 46) Panama 14) Bulgaria 47) Papua New Guinea 15) Caribbean island states of: ·       Antigua and Barbados ·       St. Kits and Nevis ·       St. Lucia ·       St. Vincent and the Grenadines ·       Trinidad & Tobago 48) Philippines 16)  Chile 49) Poland 17) Costa Rica 50) Portugal 18) Croatia 51) Romania ( electronic passport holders only ) 19) Cyprus 52) Samoa 20) Czech Republic 53) San Marino 21) Denmark 54) Seychelles 22) Estonia 55) Singapore 23) Finland 56) Slovakia 24) France 57) Slovenia 25) Germany 58) Solomon Islands 26) Greece 59) Spain 27) Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, must have a passport issued by Hong Kong SAR. 60) Sweden 28) Hungary 61) Switzerland 29) Iceland 62) Taiwan, must have an ordinary passport issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan that includes the personal identification number 30) Ireland 63) Thailand 31) Israel, must have a national Israeli passport 64) United Arab Emirates 32) Italy 65) Uruguay 33) Japan 66) Vatican City State, must have a passport or travel document issued by the Vatican

What is an electronic travel authorization (eTA) for Canada?

An electronic travel authorization (eTA) is a mandatory requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals who are flying to Canada. It is linked electronically to the traveler’s passport. The eTA remains valid for up to five years or until the expiration of the passport, whichever comes first. If an individual obtains a new passport, they will need to apply for a new eTA.

What is the cost of an eTA for Canada?

The cost of an eTA for Canada is $7 Canadian dollars per individual.

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13 Additional Countries Now Qualify for Visa-Free Travel to Canada

In an announcement made by immigration minister Sean Fraser, eligible applicants from 13 countries could qualify for visa-free travel.

13 countries have now been added to the electronic travel authorization (eTA) program . Passport holders from these 13 countries travelling by air will now be able to travel to Canada without needing a Temporary Residence Visa (TRV) . To be eligible however, travellers from these countries will have to either have held a Canadian visa in the last 10 years or currently have a valid United States non-immigrant visa. The countries that have been added to the eTA program are:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Philippines
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago

“Introducing visa-free air travel will make it faster, easier, and more affordable for thousands of travellers to visit Canada for up to six months for either business or leisure” said Canada’s immigration minister. This new change will also help to grow Canada’s economy by further promoting Canadian tourism. It will also help reduce visa caseload by allowing visa applications to be processed more efficiently. 

Travellers who are not eligible for an eTA, or who are travelling to Canada by methods other than air (for example, by car, bus, train and boat—including by cruise ship), will still need a visitor visa . 

I’m from a country that is not visa-exempt, what will I need to visit?

Canada offers two kinds of visitor visas: single-entry and multiple-entry. The single-entry visa will allow foreign nationals to cross into Canada once. Those with multiple-entry visas can enter and exit as often as they like within the valid duration of their visa. A visitor visa can be granted for a period of up to six months . However, the duration of the visa will be decided by the immigration officer handling your case.

If you have children or grandchildren living in Canada, you might qualify for the super visa for parents and grandparents . This multiple-entry visa allows you to stay in the country for up to two years at a time, helping you to spend more time with your loved ones.

You have the option to extend your visitor visa from inside Canada only if your temporary status is still valid. Remaining in Canada with an expired visitor visa and no in-process extension application can jeopardize future immigration applications. If you have completed the extension application before the expiry of your visa, you can remain in Canada under implied status until the application is processed.

If you are travelling to Canada for business, you may be required to obtain a business visitor visa . It should be noted, however, that this visa is not for temporary foreign workers. A separate work permit is needed to directly engage in the Canadian labour market.

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VISA-FREE countries for Canadian PR holder

As a Canadian PR card holder, you can enjoy VISA-FREE travel to certain countries. As of 2024, there are 35 VISA-FREE countries for Canadian PR holders. This includes Mexico, countries in the Caribbean, Central America, Europe and Asia. 

In this article, you will learn which countries Canadian permanent residents can travel to without visa along with the duration of stay and entry requirements for those countries.

So without further due, let’s get started. 

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What are the visa-free countries for canadian pr holders in 2024.

The VISA-FREE countries for Canadian PR holders in 2024 are:

  • Anguilla (British Territory) (90 days)
  • Antigua and Barbuda (30 days)
  • Armenia (VOA for 21 or 120 days, select nationalities only)
  • Aruba (30 days)
  • Bahamas (30 days)
  • Belize (30 days)
  • Bermuda (British Territory) (30 days)
  • Bonaire (Dutch Territory) (90 days)
  • Cayman Islands (British Territory) (30 days)
  • Costa Rica (30 days)
  • Curaçao (90 days)
  • Dominican Republic (90 days)
  • El Salvador (90 days)
  • Georgia (90 days)
  • Guatemala (90 days)
  • Honduras (90 days)
  • Japan (eVisa, 90 days)
  • Jordan (eVisa, 90 days)
  • Mexico (180 days or less)
  • Moldova (90 days)
  • Montenegro (30 days)
  • Morocco (eVisa, 90 days)
  • Nicaragua (VOA, 30 days)
  • Oman (VOA for 30 days, select nationalities only)
  • Panama (30 days)
  • Peru (180 days)
  • Philippines (14 days, India only)
  • Qatar (eVisa, 30 days)
  • Singapore (96 hours TWOV, India and China only)
  • Sint Maarten (30 days)
  • South Korea (30 days while transiting, select nationalities only)
  • Taiwan (eTA, 14 days, select nationalities only)
  • Thailand (eVisa, 60 days)
  • Turks and Caicos (British Territory) (90 days)
  • United Kingdom (24-hour entry while transiting)

How many countries you can visit with Canadian PR?

In 2024, you can visit 35 countries with a Canadian PR without requiring a separate visa. Your Canadian permanent resident card must be valid and should be accompanied by a valid passport from your country. Here are the requirements in short.

  • Must hold a valid Canada Permanent Resident card
  • Must hold a valid passport from your country of nationality
  • Must be from an eligible nationality and must follow entry requirements

Let’s look into each of these 35 Canadian PR VISA-FREE countries in detail.

North America

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  • Eligible nationalities: All nationalities
  • Entry granted: Varies depending on the itinerary
  • Entry rule: Canada PR card must be valid for the entire stay in Mexico
  • Official source: National Institute of Migration in Mexico

Central America

  • Entry granted: 30 days
  • Official source: Consulate of Belize in Alberta, Canada

03. Costa Rica

  • Entry rule: Canada PR cards must be valid for at least 3 months from the day of arrival
  • Official source: Embassy of Costa Rica in Ottawa, Canada

04. El Salvador

  • Burkina Faso
  • Central African Republic
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Turkmenistan
  • Entry granted: 90 days total in the entire CA-4 zone (Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua)
  • If entering by air, a fee of 12 USD will be charged for a tourist card
  • If you have already entered Guatemala or Honduras, you can enter El Salvador from Guatemala or Honduras by land without any additional visa requirements as per CA-4 Border Control Agreement
  • Official source: IATA Travel Centre

05. Guatemala

  • Côte d´Ivoire
  • Dominican Republic
  • Entry rule: If you have already entered Honduras or El Salvador, you can enter Guatemala from Honduras or El Salvador by land without any additional visa requirements as per CA-4 Border Control Agreement. 
  • Official source: Embassy of Guatemala in Ottawa, Canada

06. Honduras

  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • South Sudan
  • Entry rule: If you have already entered Guatemala or El Salvador, you can enter Honduras from Guatemala or El Salvador by land without any additional visa requirements as per CA-4 Border Control Agreement. 

07. Nicaragua

  • Afghanistan
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Congo, Dem Rep of
  • Congo, Rep of
  • Sierra Leone
  • Timor-Leste
  • Visa is NOT EXEMPT, but are eligible to obtain Visa ON ARRIVAL
  • VOA fee is 50 USD, payable in USD, valid for 30 days, single-entry only
  • Besides VOA fee, there is a 10 USD tourist card fee, a 2 USD land border migration fee (for land border only) and 1 USD municipality tax (for land border only) (payable in USD only)
  • Canada PR must be valid for at least 6 months from the day of arrival
  • Must show proof of economic solvency for a minimum of 500 USD
  • Official source: Consulate of Panama in Toronto, Canada

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09. Anguilla (British Territory)

  • Entry granted: 90 days
  • Official Source: Anguilla Tourist Board, entry requirements

10. Antigua and Barbuda

  • VOA fee is 100 USD, valid for 30 days, single-entry only
  • Official source: Department of Immigration, Antigua and Barbuda
  • Official source: Netherlands Worldwide

12. Bahamas

  • If traveling directly from Canada, the Canada PR card must be valid for at least 3 months from the day of arrival
  • If not traveling directly from Canada, the Canada PR card must be valid for at least 6 months from the day of arrival
  • Official source: Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

13. Bermuda (British Territory)

  • Canada PR card must be valid for a minimum of 45 days beyond the date of departure from Bermuda
  • Passport must be valid for a minimum of 45 days beyond the date of departure from Bermuda
  • Official source: Government of Bermuda

14. Bonaire (Dutch Territory)

15. cayman islands (british territory).

  • Entry rule: On arrival, you must present a return ticket back to Canada (not to a third country)
  • Official source: Cayman Islands Customs and Border Controls

16. Curaçao

  • E ntry granted: 90 days

17. Dominican Republic

  • Entry rule: If arriving by land or sea, must purchase a Tourist Card on arrival for 20 USD. If arriving by air, the tourist card is included in the airfare. 
  • Official source: Ministry of Tourism of Dominican Republic

18. Sint Maarten

19. turks and caicos (british territory).

  • Official source: Ministry of Border Control of Turks and Caicos

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South America

  • Entry granted: 180 days
  • Entry rule: Canada PR must be valid for at least 6 months from the day of arrival 
  • Official source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru

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21. Armenia

  • Marshall Islands
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Entry granted: 21 or 120 days
  • Visa is NOT EXEMPT but are eligible to obtain Visa ON ARRIVAL
  • VOA fee is 3,000 AMD, valid for 21 days, single-entry (OR) 15,000 AMD, valid for 120 days, single-entry
  • Official source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia

22. Georgia

  • Canada PR must be valid on the day of arrival in Georgia
  • Total duration of consecutive stays must not exceed 90 days in any 180-day period
  • Official source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

23. Moldova

  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • South Africa
  • Entry rule: Canada PR must be valid for the intended period of stay
  • Official source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Moldova

24. Montenegro

  • Official source: Government of Montenegro

25. United Kingdom

  • Entry granted: 24 hours only (Transit Without Visa)
  • Visa is NOT EXEMPT, but are eligible to request a 24-hour entry at London (LHR) or Manchester (MAN) airports
  • You must be traveling to or from Canada
  • Must arrive and depart by air 
  • Must hold the boarding pass for the onward flight
  • Onward flight must be within 24 hours (on the same day or the next day before midnight)
  • Granting the 24-hour entry is at the sole discretion of the immigration officer
  • Official source: GOV.UK

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Middle East

  • Congo, Dem. Rep. Of
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Visa is NOT EXEMPT but are eligible to apply for Jordan E-Visa
  • Official source: Jordan E-Visa
  • El Salvador
  • Entry granted: 10 or 30 days
  • Visa is NOT EXEMPT, but are eligible to obtain Oman 26M or 26N Tourist Visa online
  • 26M eVIsa fee is 20 OMR, valid for 30 days, single-entry only
  • 26N eVIsa fee is 5 OMR, valid for 10 days, single-entry only
  • Official source: Sultanate of Oman, Royal Oman Police
  • Visa is NOT EXEMPT, but are eligible to apply for A3 Visa online on the Hayya portal
  • A3 Visa fee is QAR 100, valid for 30 days, single-entry only
  • Must provide hotel booking for the entire stay reserved through the Discover Qatar website
  • Canada PR must be valid on the day of the A3 Visa application

29. Morocco

  • Visa is NOT EXEMPT, but are eligible to apply for Morocco e-Visa online
  • E-Visa fee is 770 MAD, valid for 180 days, single-entry only
  • Canada PR permit must be valid for at least 90 days from the day of arrival
  • Official source: Morocco E-Visa Portal
  • Visa is NOT EXEMPT, but are eligible for Japan eVisa
  • eVisa fee is JPY 3,000, valid for 90 days, single-entry
  • Must submit proof of residence to prove that you reside in Canada
  • Must show the visa issuance confirmation via the eVisa website on your phone at the immigration (Prints and PDFs are not accepted)
  • Must enter Japan by flight only
  • Official source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

31. Philippines

  • Eligible nationalities: India passport holders only
  • Entry granted: 14 days, extendable for another 7 days
  • Canada PR must be valid for the entire duration of the stay
  • Passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of departure
  • Official source: Embassy of the Philippines in India

32. Singapore

  • Entry granted: 96 hours (4 days)
  • Visa is NOT EXEMPT but are eligible to obtain Visa Free Transit Facility (VFTF) upon arrival
  • Must be traveling to or from the country of passport. Example: Must be traveling to a third country from India via Singapore or traveling to India from a third country via Singapore. An example itinerary would be India-Singapore-Bali or Bali-Singapore-India.
  • Both arriving and departing flights in Singapore must be on the same itinerary
  • Canada PR must be valid for at least 1 month at the time of arrival
  • Official source: Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority

33. South Korea

  • Eligible nationalities: All nationalities (except these 23 nationalities – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cameron, Cuba, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Senegal, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Uzbekistan and Yemen)
  • Entry rule: Must be traveling to/from Canada through South Korea
  • Official source: South Korea Embassy in Washington DC, USA
  • Entry granted: 14 days
  • Visa is NOT EXEMPT but are eligible to apply for ROC Travel Authorization Certificate  
  • ROC Travel Authorization Certificate is free of charge, valid for 90 days, multiple-entry
  • If using an EXPIRED Canada PR card, the PR card must have expired within the last 10 years
  • Official source: Bureau of Consular Affairs of Republic of China (Taiwan)

35. Thailand

  • Entry granted: 60 days, extendable for another 30 days
  • Visa is NOT EXEMPT, but are eligible to apply for Thailand e-Visa online
  • E-Visa fee is 40 USD, valid for 90 days or 180 days, single or multiple-entry
  • Official source: Thai E-Visa Portal

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Can you use a Canadian visa to travel to these countries?

Yes, you can also use a valid Canadian visa to travel to these countries. However, the eligibility and entry requirements vary depending on what Canadian visa you hold. Refer to my article on VISA-FREE countries for Canada visa for more details. 

There you go, folks! 35 countries and territories that a Canadian PR holder can visit in 2024. Though most of them are Visa-Free, some countries require you to obtain VOA at the airport or apply for an eVisa before your travel.

Change history:  For those who are interested, here are the changes to this list.

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Eligible Saint Lucia Citizens Now Qualify For Visa-Free Travel To Canada

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Canada has announced the addition of Saint Lucia to its Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) program, enabling visa-free travel.

In a release on Tuesday, the High Commission of Canada in Barbados outlined the requirements.

According to the release, Saint Lucian citizens who have either held a Canadian visa in the last ten years or currently hold a valid United States non-immigrant visa can now apply for an eTA instead of a visa when travelling to Canada by air.

The release said visa-free air travel would make it faster, easier, and more affordable for thousands of known travellers from Saint Lucia to visit Canada for up to six months for either business or leisure.

“It will also help facilitate more travel, tourism and international business between our countries and help strengthen people-to-people and cultural ties,” it observed.

Individuals who already have a valid visa can continue to use it to travel to Canada.

Those who are not eligible for an eTA or travelling to Canada by means other than air, such as by car, bus, train, and boat, including cruise ships, will still need a visitor visa.

The Canadian High Commission release explained that travellers could visit Canada.ca/etA to find out if they are eligible for an eTA and how to apply for one.

“This exciting development means that more individuals from Saint Lucia can now embark on unforgettable adventures, explore our diverse landscapes, reunite with family and friends, and immerse themselves in our vibrant culture without the hurdle of visa requirements,” declared Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Sean Fraser.

“This expansion not only enhances convenience for travellers; it will also increase travel, tourism and economic benefits, as well as strengthen our bond with Saint Lucia,” Fraser stated.

Saint Lucia is one of the 13 additional countries whose eligible citizens may now benefit from visa-free travel.

Over the last ten years, Canada issued 9,176 temporary resident visas to citizens from Saint Lucia.

The Canadian High Commission release said these individuals and current US non-immigrant visa holders may now be eligible for visa-free travel.

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Sounds like Canadian businesses are running out of slaves to work their ‘plantations’; so, the search is on for those so desperate that they will not murmur when paid $2 to $3 per hour – the equivalent of double what they currently earn as security guards in St. Lucia.

All in all, a win-win situation: Cheap labor for massa – he does not have to provide healthcare & living expenses while his slaves work off the books; higher standard of living for slaves – albeit delusional, till the truth of their ‘captivity’ becomes apparent.

Ok I qualify. Now you st Lucian’s better don’t go and spoil things for us just like you all did with Canada before. I suspect though that these people realise we not in a hurry to travel and stay in their country. Life hard in those countries. You can only get stay if u married. Forget education. And many people not willing to put that burden of marriage on them just to stay in you all country. And plus the heavy discrimination that we have to deal with which limit work and salary opportunities.The third world is opening their eyes now. That’s why we insist on good governance and we want crooks out of office. A better island is good for us and our kids.

so what if you meet both requirements and you are travelling to Canada other than by means of air?

i think they doing this so that more saint lucians and others can come and work cause since the pandemic the Canadians dont want to go to work. I wonder also what happened to the seasonal farmers that travelled to work there. it was said they were being treated badly

Great initiative!!!

As a Canadian living in Saint Lucia, this is fantastic. Canadians love the Saint Lucian people.

This has nothing to do with “going to work” in Canada. It is just for visiting as a tourist. That’s it! And by the way, even if we qualify, the “offer” is only for travel by air. Anything else, y’all have to get a visa. It costs CA$100.

.modern day slavery it’s like they want Luciana to come and do the dirty work for them in Canada very soon the government will enact a minimum wage so people won’t be working for 3 to 5 EC dollars an hour in st Lucia

These countries might as well allow educated Caribbean people (for teaching and health roles) as well as trades people to come to Canada or the US for 6 months at a time to work. So just arrange it around the school time table for instance. The Caribbean is small, if they say they have a degree, you can easily verify this. Also, our accents are different to the Asian and African ones, just in case of any fraud! . We in the English-speaking Caribbean, dont go around giving fake degrees to no one. So as the English-speaking Caribbean, we have much to offer compared to others. Among them, degree and qualifications transparency and the fact that we like to retire back in our home countries. So we are not a burden on your country in old age. we just want to make some cash and you people have bigger opportunities. So get cracking on allowing work from the English-speaking Caribbean people who are on 6 months stays. Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, UK, come on with the policies for the English-speaking Caribbean!

But read to understand. It is a visitor’s program. Just to allow you to come see your folks and go back home. I see nothi g welcoming folks to work. You just dont need a Canadian viza if you have a US visor or if you have already had a ca. Visa. That all….

So, y’all eh post my first comment.

It’s NOT visa free travel. People without a US Visa still CANNOT travel to Canada. Canada has just saved themselves the burden associated with implementing visa requirements by allowing the US to bear that cost for them.

It’s NOT visa free travel

Oh boy there we go again with the Slave thing honestly most of you Saint Lucians really need to get educated

@758 real ,ok well The release said visa-free air travel would make it faster, easier, and more affordable for thousands of known travellers from Saint Lucia to visit Canada for up to six months for either business or leisure” so if you go there for business isn’t business considered work?

Think someone already said it “read to understand” I will add to it by saying read twice and three times.

Chas is the one who facilitated this “free” travel to Canada. At least this is what his mind and his cronies will tell him to say. Just wait!

Come, see, spend and go back home.

These people living in a freaking icebox and they acting like people want to come there.

They should be kissing people’s …, begging them to come to Canada but they want to impose Visas? Tell them to go to hell with their foolishness.

The Canadian High Commission release explained that travellers could visit Canada.ca/etA to find out if they are eligible for an eTA and how to apply for one. dog friendly holidays

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Thailand Expands Visa-Free Entry: 93 Nations Now Qualify

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May 30th, 2024 at 7:26 AM EDT

Thailand's aggressive push to attract tourists through these visa promotions highlights its commitment to reviving the tourism sector and ensuring long-term economic stability.

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In an effort to attract more tourists and remote workers, the Thai cabinet this week rolled out a series of new visa promotions, including visa-free and visa-on-arrival schemes, extended stays for students, and reduced compulsory health insurance for retirees.

Starting June 1, the number of countries eligible for visa-free entry to Thailand will increase from 57 to 93. Under the new scheme, visitors can stay in Thailand for up to 60 days, compared to the earlier limit of 30 days.

The countries eligible for visa-free stays include key tourism markets like China and India, as well as U.S., UK, Albania, UAE, Cambodia, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Laos, Mexico, Morocco, Panama, Romania, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan.

The Thai cabinet has also approved visa-on-arrival for 31 countries, up from the previous 19. This list includes Armenia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Fiji and Malta

Government spokesperson Chai Wacharonke emphasized the importance of tourism to Thailand’s national economy and its role in job creation. From January to May 26 this year, Thailand recorded 14.3 million tourists and aims to reach a record 40 million foreign arrivals for the full year, with an expected revenue of THB 3.5 trillion ($95.73 billion).

In comparison, 2019 saw a record 39.9 million arrivals, generating THB 1.91 trillion in revenue.

New Measures for Students and Digital Nomads

In a bid to retain talent, postgraduate students will now be able to stay in Thailand for an additional year after graduation, provided they obtain certification from the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation.

This extension aims to help foreign students secure employment in the country. According to Wacharonke currently there are approximately 40,000 such students in Thailand

Digital nomads will also benefit from the new visa policies. The “Destination Thailand Visa” will now be valid for five years, allowing a 180-day maximum stay per visit, extendable for another 180 days, with another THB 10,000 ($270) fee.

Previously, digital nomads were entitled to only two 30-day stays. Wacharonke noted that this measure targets remote workers, freelancers, and those interested in learning Muay Thai and Thai cuisine.

Eased Requirements for Retirees

Retirees aged 50 years or more seeking long-stay visas will benefit from reduced health insurance requirements. Currently, these visitors must have health insurance coverage worth THB 3 million ($82,000). The requirement is now lowered to THB 440,000 ($12,000), effective for applicants from September to December. Additionally, the cabinet approved the expansion of e-visa application services at Thai consulates and embassies, increasing from 47 to 94 locations starting in September.

Targeting Key Source Markets

China and India are among the largest and most important source markets for global tourism, and Thailand is keen to capture the interest of travelers from these countries.

Data firm ForwardKeys noted a 212% surge in travel from China to Kazakhstan during this year’s Labor Day holiday, with notable increases to Singapore, Azerbaijan, Malaysia, and the Maldives, following the relaxation of visa policies.

While Thailand and China have agreed on a reciprocal permanent visa exemption , Skift had earlier reported that Thailand’s slower recovery is attributed to ongoing safety concerns.

India is also a critical market for Thailand , being the fastest-growing source of tourists. In 2023, over 1.6 million Indian travelers visited Thailand, making it the fourth-largest source market for the country. These tourists contributed more than THB 63 billion ($1.7 billion) in spending.

In November last year, Thailand decided to grant visa-free entry to Indian citizens from November 10 till May this year. The Thai cabinet this month approved a plan to extend the visa exemption for six more months.

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To be eligible for a super visa, you must have a host who

  • is your child or grandchild
  • the Canadian citizenship document of the host (and of their spouse or common-law partner, if applicable)
  • the permanent resident document of the host (and of their spouse or common-law partner, if applicable)
  • a Secure Certificate of Indian Status or Certificate of Indian Status (status card)
  • is at least 18 years old and lives in Canada
  • meets or exceeds the minimum necessary income
  • Your child or grandchild’s spouse or common-law partner can co-sign the letter if they are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.
  • the list (including name and date of birth) and number of people included when you calculate your family size to determine the minimum necessary income

Your host can use the following table to find out if they meet the minimum income requirements.

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You must also

  • be outside Canada when you submit your application for a super visa
  • have your visa printed by a visa office outside Canada (wait for visa office instructions)
  • be  allowed to enter Canada
  • take an  immigration medical exam
  • meet certain other conditions

You  can’t include dependants  in this application.

You must have proof of a health insurance policy from either

  • a Canadian insurance company, or
  • an insurance company outside Canada that is approved by the minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (more information will be available in the coming months)

The health insurance policy should

  • be valid for a minimum of 1 year from the date of entry
  • be paid in full or in instalments with a deposit (quotes aren’t accepted)
  • cover health care, hospitalization and repatriation
  • provide a minimum of $100,000 of emergency coverage

As a super visa holder, you should have a valid health insurance policy while in Canada. If your health insurance will expire before you leave Canada, you may need to renew or maintain your health insurance during your stay. Private health insurance must be valid for each entry to Canada.

Be prepared to show your proof of paid insurance to a border services officer when you enter Canada.

We consider several things before we decide if you can come to Canada. You must be a genuine visitor to Canada who will leave by choice at the end of your visit.

When you apply, we’ll consider

  • your ties to your home country
  • the purpose of your visit
  • your family and finances
  • the overall economic and political stability of your home country

Are you visa-exempt? You can still apply for a super visa.

If you  don’t need a visitor visa  to enter Canada, you can still get a super visa to stay in Canada for 5 years. If we approve your application, we’ll issue you a  letter to give to a border services officer  when you arrive in Canada.

If you travel by air , you may also need to  apply for an electronic travel authorization (eTA)  separately to allow you to travel to and enter Canada. The eTA will be electronically linked to your passport, so you need to travel with the passport you used to apply for your eTA and any supporting documents for your super visa application.

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