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International Visas FAQ

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Canadian citizens and permanent residents may need a visa to travel to certain countries, but only about 40 or 50 total. You can apply in various ways:

  • More and more countries are offering visa purchases online,
  • though some countries still require applying by mail or in person at the Embassy or Consulate in Canada,
  • finally, some countries allow Canadians to get their visas as they arrive, at the airport, port or train station or land border.
More detailed information about the application process can be found at the Foreign Affairs and Trade Canada website or by consulting the Canadian Embassy or Consulate in the country you intend to visit.


Do I need a visa to travel abroad on vacation? I am a Canadian citizen.

Many countries require a visa. Before you book your travel you should consult with the Embassy of the country you are visiting or Foreign Affairs and Trade Canada.

Where can I get a visa for Brazil?

You can get a visa for Brazil from the Brazilian Embassy in Canada. Likewise if you want a visa for travel to another country you should contact that country’s Embassy or Diplomatic Mission in Canada to apply.

What is a visa?

A visa is a permit from a country’s government giving permission to stay in a country. It is usually attached to or stamped in your passport.

My travel plans have altered. Will my visa still be valid?

Your visa will have an issuance date and an expiry date written onto it. Most visas are valid for at least 90 days, and some for up to 180 days. If your visa has expired before you travel you will have to apply for a new one. If it is about to expire, you will have to obtain an extension through the same office from which you acquired the visa in the first place.

Do I have to attend an interview for my tourist visa?

Some countries like the United States require all visa applicants to attend a mandatory visa interview. The Embassy of the country you?re planning to visit will advise you if you need to attend an interview. You should leave plenty of time between applying for your visa and booking your travel arrangements because you will either have to ship your passport to the country’s embassy in Canada, or attend in person.

Do I need a passport to get a visa?

Yes. You must have a valid passport with at least 6 months remaining validity and at least one blank page where the visa can be attached. Most visas are stamped or attached to your passport.

I am a Permanent Resident of Canada. Must I apply for a visa to another country from my country of citizenship?

No. You can apply for your visa in Canada by contacting the Embassy of the country you wish to visit.

Do I have to send my passport to the Embassy to get my visa?

Yes and for some countries you will have to attend in person. All countries need to see that you have a valid passport that confirms your identity before you travel.

How much will my visa cost?

Visa costs vary from country to country as does the length of time the visa is required. Tourist visas are the cheapest visas. You can find out the cost of the visa you need by contacting the Embassy of the country you intend to visit.

What will happen if I don’t have a visa?

If the country you?re visiting requires you to obtain a visa before arriving and you do not have one, you will be denied access into the country and will have to return to Canada.

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