Required Documents for Canada Tourist/Visitor Visa in 2024

Most travellers need a visitor visa to travel to Canada. You may also need one if you’re transiting through a Canadian airport on your way to your final destination.

A visitor visa (also called a temporary resident visa) is an official document that we put in your passport. It shows that you meet the requirements needed to travel to Canada.

How long you can stay

Most visitors can stay for up to 6 months in Canada.

At the port of entry, the border services officer may allow you to stay for less or more than 6 months. If so, they’ll put the date you need to leave by in your passport. They might also give you a document, called a visitor record, which will show the date you need to leave by.

If you don’t get a stamp in your passport, you can stay for 6 months from the day you entered Canada or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. If you need a stamp, you can ask a border services officer for one. If you arrive at an airport that uses primary inspection kiosks, ask the border officer after you finish at the kiosk.

Make sure you need a visitor visa before you apply

You may need a visitor visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization. The entry document you need depends on:

  • the type of travel document you plan to travel with
  • the country that issued your travel document
  • your nationality
  • how you’ll travel to Canada for this trip

Who can get a visa

You must meet some basic requirements to get a visitor visa.

You must:

  • have a valid travel document, like a passport
  • be in good health
  • have no criminal or immigration-related convictions
  • convince an immigration officer that you have ties—such as a job, home, financial assets or family—that will take you back to your home country
  • convince an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit
  • have enough money for your stay
    • The amount of money you will need depends on how long you will stay and if you will stay in a hotel, or with friends or relatives.

You may also need a medical exam and letter of invitation from someone who lives in Canada.

Check the list of documents you need based on your situation.

Some people are not allowed to enter Canada

Some people are inadmissible to Canada, which means they are not allowed to enter the country. You can be inadmissible for several reasons, including being involved in:

  • criminal activity
  • human rights violations
  • organized crime

You can also be inadmissible for security, health or financial reasons. 

Gather documents

Gather these documents to submit with your visa application and bring when you travel.

About the documents listed

  • Not all documents listed below are required—some are optional.
  • This is not an exhaustive list of acceptable proof to support your visa application.
  • Only submit the recommended documents that prove you’re eligible for a visa.
  • Even if you submit all the documents listed, there is no guarantee that we’ll approve your application.
  • We may request more information from you in addition to what is listed here.


Identity document

Documents we accept:

  • passports (regular, official or diplomatic) from most countries (see exceptions below)
  • alien’s passport for stateless persons
  • US Permit to Re-Enter (Form I-327)
  • US Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571)
  • other refugee travel documents for non-citizens

Documents we don’t accept:

  • any passport issued by Somalia
  • non-machine-readable passports issued by the Czech Republic
  • temporary passports issued by the Republic of South Africa
  • provisional passports issued by Venezuela

Details to include

Submit this document with your visa application.Use of a representative (IMM 5476) (if applicable)

Family members or third parties who apply on behalf of the applicant need to complete this form.

Submit the completed form with your visa application.Family information (IMM 5645) [PDF, 1.42 MB]

Each applicant 18 years or older must complete this form.

Submit the completed form with your visa applicationMinor children (if applicable)

Documents needed depend on whether a child under 18 years of age will travel with only 1 parent, with a relative or friend or alone.

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