For Canadians looking to travel the world, a visa can be a necessary evil. But what if there were more options for visa-free travel? Here is a list of countries that will be visa-free for Canadians in 2022.
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What does Visa-Free travel for Canadians mean
Visa-free travel for Canadians means that they can travel to certain countries without having to apply for and obtain a visa in advance. Canadians simply need to present a valid Canadian passport at the port of entry into the country they are visiting.
Depending on the country, Canadians may be able to stay for a certain period of time without a visa, usually between 30 and 90 days.
As of 2019, Canadian passport holders can travel visa-free to 184 countries and territories. All Canadian citizens, including children and infants, must have a valid Canadian passport to enter and exit most foreign countries.
In addition to a passport, some countries also require Canadian citizens to obtain a visa in order to enter. Visa requirements vary by country and can change at any time. For the most up-to-date information on visa requirements, please consult the website of the country you are traveling to.
For more information on passports and how to apply, please visit the Government of Canada’s website.
Where Can Canadians Travel Without a Visa?
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Botswana, Brazil
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Central African Republic
- Congo (Brazzaville)
- Costa Rica
- Cote d’Ivoire
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Equatorial Guinea
- Hong Kong
- Les otho
- Marshall Islands
- New Caledonia
- New Zealand
- North Korea
- Northern Mariana Islands
- Papua New Guinea
- Puerto Rico
- San Marino
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leone
- Solomon Islands
- South Africa
- South Korea
- Sri Lanka
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Tristan da Cunha
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom (British)
- Vatican City
Canadians traveling to the United States may also travel visa-free according to the US Department of State’s website. There are some exceptions though.
Countries with fewer than 30 days visa exemption for Canadians
There are many countries that have fewer than 30 days visa exemption for Canadians. Some of these countries include:
- New Zealand
- South Korea
There is no specific procedure for Canadians to visit visa-free countries. However, it is recommended that Canadians check with the embassy or consulate of the country they wish to visit to confirm whether a visa is required.
Visa-free Countries for Canadian PR holders
The Government of Canada is working hard to make it easier for Canadians to travel internationally.
To support this effort, the Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today announced that 10 countries will be added to the updated list of countries eligible for visa-free travel for certain nationalities.
The new countries, which will be added to the updated list of countries eligible for visa-free travel on May 1, 2022, are:
- Hong Kong
- South Korea
Canada’s visa-free countries in the Schengen Area
Canada and the Schengen Area are great places to visit. In fact, the United Kingdom recently joined the list of countries within the Schengen Area with no need for a visa.
However, there are still some additional requirements that you must follow to be able to visit the Schengen Area or other visa-free countries in Europe. These countries have implemented a number of requirements that make it possible to travel without a visa for Canadians.
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
How to make the most of your visa-free status as a Canadian
There are a few things you can do to make the most of your visa-free status as a Canadian.
First, be sure to familiarize yourself with the visa requirements of the country you plan to visit.
Second, if you plan to stay in a country for an extended period of time, consider applying for a long-term visa.
Finally, remember that your visa-free status is subject to change at any time, so be sure to keep up to date with the latest information.
How Can Canadians Citizens Acquire a Visa on Arrival?
The documents required for Canadians to get a visa on arrival at another country can vary depending on the country in question. However, generally speaking, Canadians will need to provide a valid passport, as well as proof of onward travel and sufficient funds for their stay. It is also advisable to have travel insurance.
The list of countries that permit this differs for each province, but in general citizens can visit the following destinations visa-free for stays of up to 90 days: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay.
Is travel insurance mandatory for Canadians traveling abroad?
There is no law in Canada that requires citizens to purchase travel insurance when they are traveling abroad. However, many credit card companies and tour operators will require proof of insurance before they provide services. In addition, some countries require visitors to have insurance in order to obtain a visa.