To visit Canada, you must have a valid passport. Citizens of certain countries and territories also need a visa to enter Canada. Please note that Canada does not have a visa office in every country so it is important that delegates visit the website of the Canadian visa office responsible for processing their visa application. Information is available on the website on how to submit a visa application and the documentation required.
Processing times for visa applications vary depending on the visa office and the time of the year. Participants are encouraged to apply approximately 12 weeks in advance of their departure date to ensure they receive the visa in time.
Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
As of November 10, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals are expected to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens, and travelers with a valid Canadian visa. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents are not eligible to apply for an eTA.
Biometrics (Global Expansion)
Depending on your nationality, you may be required to give your biometrics:
- Starting July 31, 2018 the biometric requirement becomes mandatory for nationals of Europe, Middle East and Africa, and
- Starting December 31, 2018 the biometric requirement becomes mandatory for nationals of Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas.
For additional information on whether or not you require a biometric, please refer to fast facts about Biometrics.
To find out if you need an eTA or a visa, go to Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
For details on what you are allowed to bring with you into Canada (gifts, merchandise, etc.), go to Canada Border Services Agency website.