Requirements to Enter Canada as Tourist

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Here are the requirements for travelers who enter as tourist and require visa.

  1. Valid travel document such as passport
  2. Good health condition
  3. No criminal record or any immigration-related convictions
  4. Having ties to your home country that would take you want to come home such as a job, home, financial asset or family
  5. Having sufficient money enough for you to stay in the country
  6. Medical exam
  7. Letter of invitation (if you have been invited to visit in Canada from someone who lives there)

In addition to complying to the basic requirements, visitors may need an eTA or a visa.

As of March 15, 2016, travelers with passport from eTA-required countries who travel by air will hve to have an eTA. This is linked to your passport and is valid for five year or until you passport expires, whichever comes first. Authorization would only take minutes upon application. U.S. citizens are exempted to eTA when entering Canada.

If you need an eTA you should

  1. Plan your trip ahead, don’t wait for the last minute to apply
  2. Travel with the passport that you used to apply for you eTA
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When travelling with visa from visa-required countries and territories, they will need a visitor visa or temporary resident visa to enter Canada that would give you permission to come to Canada.

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There are two types of visa; single-entry visa and a multiple-entry visa both of which are valid for a fixed period and would be invalid after expiration.

A single-entry visa allows you to come to Canada only once. Upon leaving, you are not allowed to re-enter unless you travel with a new visa or you are from the United States and St. Pierre and Miquelon.

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A multiple-entry visa allows you to come and go from Canada for six months at a time. It is valid to up to 10 years or one month before the expiration of your passport, whichever comes first.

Always bring with you your legal and proper travel documents for both yourself and your children, if you are bringing them. Forgotten documents may caused delayed flights or having been unable to board the plane. The following travel documents are not considered reliable when entering Canada;

  1. Issued passports that were supposedly issued in Somalia
  2. Non-machine readable passports issued by the Czech Republic
  3. Temporary passport issued by the Republic of South Africa
  4. Provisional passport issued by Venezuela

If you are a permanent resident of Canada you must be able to show you permanent resident card when you re-enter Canada on a commercial vehicle such as an airplane, boat, bus or train. When you re-enter with you private vehicle such as your car you have to present your Canadian permanent resident card o permanent resident travel document when you are travelling by. If you are planning to leave Canada check first the expiration date of your PR card (Permanent Residence Card). Make sure that it would still be valid when you return in the country.

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