If you are travelling with a Canadian passport, consider yourself very lucky! Canadian’s are blessed with having a very powerful passport, allowing us to visit 184 countries VISA FREE!
In 2019 the Henley Passport Index (which ranks the worlds passports and how strong they are) updated that Canada will remain in the 6th spot for the most powerful passport in the world.
pssst: Are you looking for a list of countries that are accepting Canadians in our current covid world? Read: Countries that have reopened for Canadian tourists
Having such a powerful passport means that Canadians can travel to 184 countries without having to apply for a Visa. Visa’s can be expensive, be very difficult to qualify for and can take a lot of time depending on the country in question.
With Visa free travel, you simply get on the plane and enjoy your vacation without having to pay large fees or complete various government documents.
Of course, even if a Canadian passport is granted visa free access to a country, there are still rules on how long you can stay. Let’s look at ALL the countries Canadians can travel to Visa free, and how long they can stay…
Countries Where Canadians Can Travel Visa Free:
6 Months or MORE Visa Free:
Antigua and Barbuda – 6 Months
Bahamas – 8 Months
Barbados – 6 Months
Cayman Islands – 6 Months
Dominica – 6 Months
Georgia – 360 Days (almost 1 year!)
South Korea – 6 Months
Mexico – 6 Months
Montserrat – 6 Months
Panama – 6 Months
Saint Kitts and Nevis – 6 Months
United Kingdom – 6 Months
United States – 6 Months
90 Days Visa Free:
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos
30 Days Visa Free:
British Virgin Islands
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Under 30 Days Visa Free:
Brunei – 14 Days
Lesotho – 14 Days
Kiribati – 28 Days
Saint Lucia – 6 Weeks
Sao Tome and Principe – 15 Days
Countries Where Canadians Can Get a ‘Visa On Arrival/eVisa’:
Visa on arrival and eVisa countries are slightly different than Visa Free countries. They have a few more steps than Visa Free, and most likely a fee associated with them. However, they are still much easier than a formal Visa Required country, which needs even more paper work and sometimes in person visits to a consulate.
I like to think of them as a halfway mark between Visa Free and Visa Required.
Sometimes they can be as easy as filling out a form on the spot, other times there is a bit of online legwork to do a few days beforehand.
How ‘Visa On Arrival’ & ‘eVisa’ Works:
You will visit a Visa counter after disembarking your flight. At that counter you will either fill out a form or hand in your previously applied for approval letter. This is also the counter where you will pay your Visa Fee or Stamping Fee (usually $25-$50). After that you will be given a Visa sticker or stamp into your passport, which you will then show at the immigration counter before picking up your luggage.
Important: Some countries require you to apply ONLINE for your Visa BEFORE you arrive at the airport. Check each ‘Visa on Arrival’ and ‘eVisa’ country very carefully before booking your flight.
Vietnam is an eVisa country. I had to apply online for my Vietnam eVisa at least 1 week prior to my flight. Once approved, they emailed me a copy of my approval letter and I printed it out. I brought the forms with me on the plane and after disembarking I brought them to the Visa counter and paid a stamping fee. I was then issued my Vietnam Visa.
90 Days+ 'Visa On Arrival/eVisa':
Armenia (180 Days)
30-60 Days 'Visa On Arrival/eVisa':
Angola – 30 Days
Azerbaijan – 30 Days
Bangladesh – 30 Days
Benin – 30 Days
Burkina Faso – 30 Days
Cambodia – 30 Days
Cape Verde – 30 Days
Comoros – 45 Days
Djibouti – 30 Days
Egypt – 30 Days
India – 60 Days
Jordan – 30 Days
Laos – 30 Days
Lebanon – 30 Days
Maldives – 30 Days
Mauritania – 30 Days
Mozambique – 30 Days
Oman – 30 Days
Palau – 30 Days
Papua new Guinea – 60 Days
Rwanda – 30 Days
Samoa – 60 Days
Somalia – 30 Days
Sri Lanka – 30 Days
Tajikistan – 45 Days
Timor-Leste – 30 Days
Tonga – 30 Days
Tuvalu – 30 Days
Uganda – 30 Days
United Arab Emirates – 30 Days
Vietnam – 30 Days
Under 30 Days 'Visa On Arrival/eVisa':
Bahrain – 14 Days
Myanmar – 28 Days
Countries Where Canadians Need A Visa:
Below is a list of countries that Canadian passport holders will need to obtain a Visa for in order to visit. Applying for a tourist Visa can be a completely different process depending on the individual country in question.
Some countries are easier, while others can make the process extremely difficult. Research the requirements far in advance!
Countries Requiring a Visa for Canadian Visitors:
Central African Republic
Republic of the Congo
Democratic Republic of the Congo
For most of the Visa Required countries above, you will want to contact the consulate for that country inside Canada. They will walk you through all the required forms and documents to apply for your Visa.
Some general things that are asked/needed when applying for a Visa are:
- Financial statements showing you can support yourself on this trip
- Proof of travel insurance for the duration of your trip
- Proof of return airfare or forward travel out of the country
- Information on marital status, employment, addresses, family members, education, criminal records, etc.
- Proof of vaccinations or health records if needed
- Reason for traveling
- Itinerary, where you are staying, tours you are going on and other information regarding the trip
- Extra passport sized photographs
- Visa fee
Fees for Canadians visiting ‘Visa Required’ countries can vary from $25 to $280+. Each country is different and continues to change frequently.
Check Latest Canadian Visa Requirements and Travel Advisories
Because the above information changes all the time, it’s best to check the Canadian Government’s Website before you book any travel. On their Travel Advice and Advisories page you will find everything from Visa requirements, to travel warnings and more.
All of the information above relates to TOURIST Visa’s for Canadian passport holders only, who also have a valid passport. Countries can change visa requirements frequently, so please look up the most updated information on the Canadian Government’s Travel Website before booking any travel. This blog is to be used as a guide only. Do your own due diligence and use common sense when travelling abroad.