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Visa Free Countries for Canadian Passport Holders and Citizens: Visa-Free, Visa On Arrival, ETA, eVisa What’s the difference?

Visa Free Countries for Canadian Passport holders are countries that do not require a visa. You may be given an entry stamp on your passport.

Visa on Arrival countries for Canadian Passport holders are countries that will issue you a visa when you arrive at a port of entry (either land, air or sea). The visa maybe simply a stamp on your passport, a visa document pasted on your passport, or a small slip of paper stapled to your passport.

eVisa countries for Canadian Passport holders are countries that require a visa on entry but the visas can be applied for online. The visas are then issued without the traveler visiting a consular office, diplomatic mission or embassy of the destination country.

ETA countries for Canadian Passport holders are countries that require an electronic authorization to travel. These must be applied for online before travel and must be shown to the travel provider before travel.

Visa Required countries for Canadian Passport holders are countries that require you to apply for a visa in person. This can be done at the destination country’s diplomatic mission, consulate or embassy in your country of residence or your home country. You must obtain this visa before travel or you will be denied entry to the destination country.

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HOW MANY COUNTRIES CAN CANADIAN CITIZENS TRAVEL TO WITHOUT A VISA

Canadian passport holders can travel to 184 countries without a visa or eligible for  Visa on Arrival. Wherever you go in the world, you are sure to meet one Canadian. The large number of visa free countries for Canadian passport holders gives them hassle-free access to the world and Canadians love taking advantage of it. A Canadian passport rank among the top 10 (Along with US, British, Australia, New Zealand, HKSAR, and most European Passports) as being the most powerful passports for travel freedom on the Henley Passport Index.

If you’re a Canadian Passport holder, you won’t need to think much about visa requirements before you pack your bags and go. But it’s always better to be safe than sorry, so do check before you travel just in case, especially since emergencies such as global pandemics can change visa free access at short notice.

HOW MANY COUNTRIES REQUIRE AN ENTRY VISA FOR CANADIAN CITIZENS

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Chinese Visa in Canadian Passport

There are 40 countries or immigration regions that require Canadians to obtain a visa before traveling. If your destination is on this list, make sure you apply for a visa before you travel.

Check below for a full list of countries and territories that require an eVisa or Visa before travel.

AfghanistanAlgeriaAngola Bhutan
BurundiCameroonCentral African RepublicChad
ChinaCote d’Ivoire

(Ivory Coast)

Republic of

Congo

Democratic Republic

of Congo

CubaDjboutiEquatorial GuineaEritrea
GhanaIndiaIranIraq
LiberiaLibyaMaliMyanmar
NauruNigerNigeriaNorth Korea
OmanPakistanRussiaSouth Sudan
SudanSyriaTajikistanTurkmenistan
TurkeyVenezuelaVietnamYemen

VISA GUIDE TO COUNTRIES FOR CANADIAN PASSPORT HOLDERS & CITIZENS 

In this section, you will find all countries where Canadian citizens with a valid passport can travel to. The list is divided into different geographic regions to help facilitate planning of travel between countries in the same area. 

CANADIAN PASSPORT VISA GUIDE FOR ASIA

Canadian Passport visa free, evisa, eta, visa on arrival countries - asia

We’ve divided Asia into 4 geographic regions. East Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, and West & Middle East Asia.  This division makes it easy for travelers if they’re planning to visit multiple countries in these areas. We’ve also included the length of stay allowed in each country for ease of planning the length of your trip.

East Asia

VISA FREE or VISA ON ARRIVAL:

  • Hong Kong – 90 days
  • Japan – up to 90 days
  • Macau – 30 days
  • Mongolia – 90 days
  • South Korea – 90 days
  • Taiwan – 90 days

 

japan visa on arrival - Canadian Passport

Visa On Arrival – Japan

VISA REQUIRED:

  • China – For Canadian Passport holders wanting to visit China, A visa must be obtain before leaving Canada. You can apply for a Chinese visa from other countries depending on the presence of a Chinese embassy or diplomatic mission. As of this writing, a Chinese Visa for Canadians cost $110 Canadian Dollars. Alternatively,  you can apply for a visa that is valid for up to 10 years online

TRAVEL RESTRICTION:

  • North Korea

Central Asia

VISA FREE:

  • Kazakhstan – 30 days
  • Kyrgyzstan – 60 days
  • Uzbekistan – eVisa for 30 days, visa free transit for 5 days if arriving in an international airport but must show an onward ticket – apply for an evisa

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Tajikistan – 45 days eVisa for travelers. EXCEPTION: if you are arriving from a country with a Tajiki diplomatic mission, such as the US,  you have to apply for visa from the Tajiki Diplomatic Mission. To Apply for an eVisa click here
  • Turkmenistan

Southeast Asia

VISA FREE OR VISA ON ARRIVAL:

  • Brunei – 90 days
  • Cambodia – 30 days, Visa on Arrival – eVisa also avaialble Apply for an eVisa here
  • East Timor / Timor Leste: 30 days, Visa on Arrival, must arrive by air
  • Indonesia – 30 days 
  • Laos – 30 Visa on Arrival – eVisa also available – apply here
  • Malaysia – 90 days 
  • Philippines – 30 days or a visa on arrival for 59 days for $50
  • Singapore – 90 days
  • Thailand – 30 days, EXCEPTION: if not arriving by air, maximum of 2 visits per year.

EVISA ONLY:

  • Myanmar – 28 days eVisa, Visitors must arrive by air OR at land borders: Tachileik, Myawaddy, and Kawthaung – Apply for an eVisa here
  • Vietnam – 30 days eVisa – Apply for an eVisa here

South Asia

VISA ON ARRIVAL:

  • Bangladesh – 30 days
  • Maldives – 30 days extendable up to 90 days
  • Nepal – 90 days visa on arrival
  • Sri Lanka – Visa on Arrival – eVisa also available – Apply for an eVisa here

VISA REQUIRED / EVISA::

West Asia / Middle East

VISA FREE / VISA ON ARRIVAL:

  • Armenia – 180 days
  • Bahrain – 14 days, Visa on Arrival – eVisa also available – apply for an eVisa here
  • Georgia – 365 days
  • Israel – 90 days
  • Jordan – 30 days Visa on Arrival or apply for Jordan Pass to maximize your visa fee with visits to popular places included in price – apply here
  • Palestine
  • Qatar – 30 days Visa on Arrival – eVisa also available
  • United Arab Emirates – 30 days Visa on Arrival – free of charge

VISA REQUIRED/EVISA:

  • Azerbaijan – 30 days, eVisa – apply for an eVisa here
  • Iran
  • Kuwait – 90 days – check price for eVisa here
  • Lebanon – 30 days extendable up to additional 60 days
  • Oman – 30 days eVisa – get your evisa here
  • Saudi Arabia – 90 days stay for eVisa, valid for 1 year – apply here
  • Syria
  • Turkey – 90 days eVisa available – get your eVisa here 
  • Yemen

CANADIAN PASSPORT VISA GUIDE FOR EUROPE

Canadian Passport visa free, evisa, eta, visa on arrival countries - europe

Europe is categorized into Schengen states and non-Schengen states. Schengen States are signatories of the Schengen Agreement which allows freedom of movement of people across borders of countries in the agreement. This means that once you enter a Schengen state, and you get your passport stamped, you can travel freely to all other Schengen states within the 90 day period without any further stamps or border checks.

Note: During special situations such as a pandemic or refugee crisis where movement can be restricted, you may be required to show your passport when crossing national borders within the Schengen area.

Schengen States

FREE VISA:

Canadian Passport holders can freely visit any Schengen state for 90 days in any 180-day period and can freely travel in the Schengen area without obtaining a new visa. If you’ve exhausted the 90 day period, you’ll have to apply for a visa extension. 

SCHENGEN MEMBER STATES:

AustriaBelgiumCzech RepublicDenmark
EstoniaFinlandFranceGermany
GreeceHungaryIcelandItaly
LatviaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourg
MaltaNetherlandsNorwayPoland
PortugalSlovakiaSloveniaSpain
SwedenSwitzerland  

Non-Schengen

FREE VISA: Non-Schengen

  • Albania – 365 days
  • Andorra – 90 days
  • Belarus – 30 days must arrive via Minsk Airport
  • Bulgaria – 90 days within 180-day period
  • Croatia – 90 days within 180-day period
  • Cyprus – 90 days within 180-day period
  • Ireland – 90 days, must show the purpose of travel, sufficient fund, return ticket, and accommodation booking
  • Kosovo – 90 days
  • Macedonia – 90 days
  • Moldova – 90 days
  • Monaco – 90 days within 180-day
  • Montenegro – 90 days
  • Romania – 90 days within 180-day
  • San Marino
  • Serbia – 90 days within 180-day
  • Ukraine – 90 days within 180-day
  • United Kingdom – 180 days must show return ticket and accommodation booking
  • Vatican City

VISA REQUIRED:

russian visa - Canadian Passport

Russian Visa – Canadian Passport

CANADIAN PASSPORT VISA GUIDE FOR AFRICA

Canadian Passport visa free, evisa, eta, visa on arrival countries - africa

Central Africa

VISA FREE or VISA ON ARRIVAL:

  • Gabon – Visa on Arrival – eVisa also available. Note: eVisa entry only at Libreville International Airport
  • Rwanda – 30 days Visa on Arrival – eVisa also available
  • Sao Tome and Principe – 15 days

VISA REQUIRED/EVIS:

  • Angola – 30 days eVisa
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon – International certificate of vaccination required
  • Central African Republic – 180 days, international certificate of vaccination required
  • Chad – International certificate of vaccination required
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo – proof of hotel reservation and international certificate of vaccination 
  • Republic of Congo 
  • Equatorial Guinea – International certificate of vaccination if travelling from a country with high risk of yellow fever
  • South Sudan – two blank pages on passport required

East Africa

mozambique visa on arrival - Canadian Passport

Mozambique Visa on Arrival – Canadian Passport

VISA FREE or VISA ON ARRIVAL:

  • Comoros – visa on arrival
  • Ethiopia – evisa or visa on arrival which is obtainable at Addis Ababa Bole airport – you can get your evisa here
  • Kenya – 90 days visa on arrival or evisa – get your evisa here
  • Madagascar – 30 days visa on arrival – check prices online
  • Malawi – 90 days visa on arrival or evisa – apply here 
  • Mayotte – 90 days
  • Mauritius – 90 days
  • Mozambique – 30 days visa on arrival
  • Reunion – 90 days
  • Somalia – visa on arrival
  • Seychelles – 90 days visitor’s permit free of charge and can be extended for up to one year
  • Tanzania – 90 days visa on arrival for $100 fee
  • Uganda – visa on arrival or evisa must be applied two days prior to arrival, get your evisa here
  • Zambia – 90 days visa on arrival or evisa – arrival date must be exact, can be extended free of charge – GET YOUR EVISA HERE
  • Zimbabwe – 90 days visa on arrival or evisa – apply for an evisa here
malawi visa - Canadian Passport

Malawi Visa on Arrival – Canadian Passport

VISA REQUIRED/EVISA:

  • Djibouti – 31 days evisa 
  • Eritrea

North Africa

VISA FREE or VISA ON ARRIVAL:

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Algeria
  • Libya
  • Sudan
  • South Sudan

Southern Africa

VISA FREE:

  • Botswana – 90 days
  • Lesotho – 14 days extendable up to 180 days
  • Namibia – 90 days
  • South Africa – 90 days

Western Africa

VISA FREE or VISA ON ARRIVAL

  • Benin – 30 days/8 days Visa on Arrival – eVisa also available – international certificate of vaccination required
  • Burkina Faso – 30 days Visa on Arrival
  • Cape Verde – Visa on Arrival
  • Gambia – international certificate of vaccination required
  • Guinea-Bissau – 90 days Visa on Arrival, eVisa also available – must apply in advance online
  • Mauritania – Visa on Arrival only at Nouakchott–Oumtounsy International Airport, international certificate of vaccination required
  • Saint Helena – Visitor’s pass granted on arrival
  • Senegal – 90 days international certificate of vaccination required
  • Sierra Leone – international certificate of vaccination required
  • Togo – 7 days Visa on Arrival 

VISA REQUIRED/EVISA:

CANADIAN PASSPORT VISA GUIDE FOR THE AMERICAS

Canadian Passport visa free, evisa, eta, visa on arrival countries - the americas

For the Americas, We’ve divided this section into 3 geographical areas. North, central, and south America. This should help those that are planning to travel from country to country on arrival from the US.

Central America

VISA FREE or VISA on ARRIVAL:

  • Barbados – 180 days
  • Belize – 30 days, can be extended p to 6 months
  • Costa Rica – 90 days, Departure tax of $29 required
  • Dominican Republic – 30 days, Tourist Card on arrival
  • El Salvador – 90 days
  • Guatemala – 90 days, the exit fee required when leaving by air
  • Jamaica  – 180 days
  • Honduras – 90 days, Airport departure tax must be paid in cash
  • Nicaragua – 90 days, Tourist Card of $10 required
  • Panama – 90 – 180 days
  • Virgin Islands – 180 days

North America

VISA FREE:

  • USA – 180 days, a traveller with a criminal record in the past 10 years may not be able to enter unless with a Temporary Resident Permit or Rehabilitation Approval
  • Mexico – 180 days Tourist Card – Get you Tourist Card here
  • Puerto Rico – 180 days visa free

South America

VISA FREE or VISA ON ARRIVAL:

  • Argentina – 90 days, can be extended up to 180 days
  • Aruba – 30 days
  • Bolivia – 90 days Visa on Arrival, $160 fee, but Visa is valid for 10 years
  • Brazil – 90 days 
  • Chile – 90 days
  • Colombia – 90 days, extension to 180 days possible, Yellow fever vaccination record required if entering from Brazil
  • Curacao – 90 days
  • Falkland Islands – 4 weeks
  • French Guiana – 90 days
  • Ecuador – 90 days, additional extension of 90 days possible.
  • Guyana – 90 days
  • Paraguay – 90 days Visa on Arrival
  • Peru – 183, determined on arrival
  • Suriname – 90 days, Tourist Card on arrival can only be obtained either at Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport or online.
  • Uruguay – 90 days

VISA REQUIRED:

 
cuban tourist card - Canadian Passport

Cuban Tourist Card – Canadian Passport

CANADIAN PASSPORT VISA GUIDE FOR OCEANIA

Canadian Passport visa free, evisa, eta, visa on arrival countries - oceania

VISA FREE or VISA ON ARRIVAL:

  • Fiji – 120 days
  • Guam 
  • Kiribati – 30 days
  • Marshall Islands – 90 days Visa on Arrival
  • Micronesia – 30 days
  • Northern Marinas Islands
  • Palau – 30 days
  • Samoa – 60 days, free entry permit on arrival
  • Solomon Islands – 90 days in 365-day period, visitor’s permit on arrival
  • Tonga – 31 days Visa on Arrival
  • Tuvalu – 30 days Visa on Arrival, extension up to 90 days free of charge
  • Vanuatu – 30 days can be extended up to 120 days

EVISA or ETA:

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Nauru

TIPS FOR TRAVEL

Check out this list of websites that will help you make your travel planning easier.

Accommodations:

  • Booking.com – most of the time, your booking can be cancelled at no fee
  • Agoda – popular around Europe
  • Hotels.com – hotel search engine for the best deals
  • AccorHotels.com – hotel chain offering simplicity to luxury
  • Radisson.com – hotel chain catering to hotels in Asia, Europe and North America, airport locations.
  • Parkinn.com – hotel chain catering to hotels in Europe and North America, airport locations.
  • Marriott.com – hotel chain offering basic to luxury, worldwide locations.

Tours:

  • Get Your Guide – a tour booking site that has a wide coverage of tours for every destination
  • Viator – great for Europe and North America
  • Klook – the most affordable place to book tours in Southeast Asia
  • Expedia – tour booking site
  • Disney – your direct path to theme parks and more
  • Travelocity – tour booking site

Visa:

  • iVisa – the one and only visa processing website that I use and never had any issues

Flights:

  • Skyscanner – definitely my favourite search engine for flights to anywhere in the world; its flexible compared to other websites.

Car Rental:

  • HolidayAuto.com – rental car consolidator
  • Rentalcars.com – rental car search engine

DISCLAIMER

The Funny Beaver aims to provide accurate information as of publication date. There may be errors and omissions and we cannot be held responsible for any costs or damages arising from non-admittance to countries or territories listed above. Always double check visa information from the government of the country of intended travel as visa requirements can an do change on short notice. 

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