Things to Know Before You Cross the Canadian Border

Updated on Jun 11, 2024 | Canada eTA

Canada, with its stunning landscapes and vibrant cities, beckons travellers worldwide. But before you pack your bags and set off, some critical questions might pop into your head. Do you need a travel visa to cross the Canadian border? How long can you stay there?

This post tackles the most common concerns people have before entering Canada. We'll clear up any confusion and ensure your Canadian adventure starts on the right foot. So, buckle up and get ready to discover everything you need to know for a seamless entry into the Great White North.

Requirement of Canadian Visa for Travelling

Most foreign nationals require a visa to conduct a tour in Canada. However, citizens of the following countries don't need a visa to enter Canada:

In addition to above, citizens of around 60 countries are visa-exempt to travel to Canada.

Duration of Stay in any Canadian City

Typically, you can stay in Canada for up to 6 months. However, if the purpose of your visit is to work or study, holding a tourist visa will not work. You will need a work visa to do a job in Canada and a temporary resident visa or study visa to study in Canada.

Securing Peace of Mind with Canada Travel Insurance

Buying travel insurance to conduct a Canadian tour is not mandatory but is suggested. Travellers must understand that unfortunate incidents can happen anytime during the trip. In such a scenario, travel insurance holders will receive financial assistance, which will help them tackle unexpected medical emergencies during the trip. Some travel insurances also cover tourists' expenses due to flight cancellations or delays.

Bringing Your Pet Along

Applicants can also enter Canada along with their pets (dogs and cats). However, they will need a signed and dated certificate from their veterinarian proving that the pets are up-to-date on rabies vaccinations. Kindly note that pets under three months old need no certification.

Bringing Firearms into Canada

Foreign nationals can carry firearms in Canada for safety purposes. However, the gun must be licensed, and its owner must submit the Non-Resident Firearm Declaration form to notify the immigrant authorities. After that, they will receive a temporary license valid for 60 days. Kindly note that individuals with a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) also have to inform the airport authorities that they are travelling with a firearm.

Visitors entering Canada can declare certain food items and goods intended for their personal use as part of their permitted personal baggage. Learn more at Visitors Guide to What You Can Bring to Canada

Argentine citizens, Brazilian citizens, Singaporean citizens and French citizens are eligible for Canada Travel Authorization.