Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the authority on immigration in Canada, issues visitor visas to foreign residents who wish to come to Canada for short periods of time.
Visitors to Canada are not allowed to work, study or live in Canada permanently unless they first leave Canada and re-apply for a more appropriate visa.
Not everyone has to get a visitor visa to come to Canada, however. Many countries have agreements with Canada which allow their citizens to come into the country for short periods of time.
Below is a summary of the countries and conditions on which visitors do not need to secure a visa before visiting Canada.
- Antigua and Barbuda
- The Bahamas
- The British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Falkland Islands
- South Korea
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- Pitcairn Islands
- San Marino
- The Solomon Islands
- St. Helena
- St. Kitts and Nevis
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- The Vatican
Because of Britain’s special relationship to Canada, many of the privileges that it holds extend to its overseas territories.
British Citizens, British overseas citizens, British Nationals and British Subjects can all visit Canada without a visa as long as they have a valid passport showing this status.
People from Hong Kong who have a Special Administrative Region Passport can enter Canada without a visa.
United States citizens and permanent residents (Green Card holders) can visit Canada without a visa as long as their immigration documentation is correct and up-to-date.