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.

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…

Visa free countries for Canadians - list of countries canadian passport holders can travel to visa free

Countries Where Canadians Can Travel Visa Free:

6 Months or MORE Visa Free:

Antigua and Barbuda6 Months
Bahamas8 Months
Barbados6 Months
Cayman Islands6 Months
Dominica6 Months
Georgia360 Days (almost 1 year!)
South Korea 6 Months
Mexico6 Months
Montserrat6 Months
Panama6 Months 
Saint Kitts and Nevis 6 Months
United Kingdom 6 Months
United States 6 Months

Canadians can travel to Georgia for 360 days visa free
Tbilisi, Georgia - Where Canadians can stay VISA FREE for 360 Days

90 Days Visa Free:

Albania
Andorra
Anguilla
Argentina
Austria
Belgium
Bermuda
Bolivia
Bonaire
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Botswana
Bulgaria
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Croatia
Curacao
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Estonia
Eswatini
Fiji
Finland
France
French Guiana
Gambia
Germany
Gibraltar
Greece
Greenland
Grenada
Guatemala
Guyana
Haiti
Hong Kong
Honduras
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Israel
Italy

Jamaica
Japan
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malaysia
Malta
Mauritius
Mayotte
Moldova
Monaco
Montenegro
Morocco
Namibia
Netherlands
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Nicaragua
North Macedonia
Norway
Peru
Poland
Portugal
Reunion
Romania
San Marino
Senegal 
Serbia
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turks and Caicos
Ukraine
Uruguay
Venezuela

Canadians can travel to Italy for 90 days Visa free
Cinque Terre, Italy - Where Canadians can stay 90 days VISA FREE

30 Days Visa Free:

Aruba
Belarus
Belize
British Virgin Islands
Cook Islands
Indonesia
Kazakhstan
Micronesia
Mongolia
Niue
Philippines
Qatar
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Singapore 
Thailand
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu

Canadians can travel to Bali Indonesia for 30 days visa free
Bali, Indonesia - Where Canadians can visit for 30 days Visa Free

Under 30 Days Visa Free:

Brunei14 Days
Lesotho14 Days
Kiribati 28 Days
Saint Lucia 6 Weeks
Sao Tome and Principe15 Days

canadians can travel to saint lucia for 15 days visa free
Saint Lucia - Where Canadian's can visit for 6 weeks Visa FREE!

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.

For example:
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.

Visa on arrival and eVisa countries for Canadians

90 Days+ 'Visa On Arrival/eVisa':

Armenia  (180 Days)
Australia 
Brazil 
Cote d'Ivoire 
Ethiopia 
Gabon 
Guinea-Bissau 
Kenya 
Kuwait 
Madagascar 
Malawi 

Marshall Islands 
Nepal 
Paraguay 
Seychelles 
Soloman Islands 
Suriname
Tanzania
Turkey
Zambia
Zimbabwe

30-60 Days 'Visa On Arrival/eVisa':

Angola30 Days
Azerbaijan30 Days
Bangladesh30 Days
Benin30 Days
Burkina Faso30 Days
Cambodia30 Days
Cape Verde30 Days
Comoros45 Days
Djibouti30 Days
Egypt30 Days
India 60 Days
Jordan30 Days
Laos30 Days
Lebanon30 Days
Maldives30 Days
Mauritania30 Days

Mozambique30 Days
Oman30 Days
Palau30 Days
Papua new Guinea60 Days
Rwanda 30 Days
Samoa 60 Days
Somalia30 Days
Sri Lanka30 Days
Tajikistan 45 Days
Timor-Leste – 30 Days
Tonga30 Days
Tuvalu30 Days
Uganda30 Days
United Arab Emirates30 Days
Vietnam30 Days

Under 30 Days 'Visa On Arrival/eVisa':

Bahrain14 Days
Myanmar28 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 that require a Visa for Canadian passport holders

Countries Requiring a Visa for Canadian Visitors:

Afganistan
Algeria
Bhutan
Burundi
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Chad
China
Republic of the Congo
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Cuba
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Ghana
Guinea
Iran
Iraq

North Korea
Liberia
Libya
Mali
Nauru
Niger
Nigeria
Pakistan
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Sierra Leone
South Sudan
Sudan
Syria
Turkmenistan
Yemen

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.

Disclaimer:

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.

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