How to Enter Canada

Travel to Canada can be made easy through airfare and other visitor related services. The tourism office in Canada provides information on various options for transportation to and from the different points of entry. The cost of air travel and other modes of transportation into and from the country can be explored. If you are a visitor from out country, it is necessary to apply for Canadian citizenship. This ensures that you are recognized as a legal citizen of Canada and can travel to Canada without any problems. Other formalities are also involved.

To be eligible for travel to Canada as an international visitor, you have to fulfill the criteria for one of the existing types of visitor permits: a valid Canadian passport, a Canadian immigrating certificate, or a Canadian visa, if you are not a Canadian citizen. The documents mentioned above are not always required if you are travelling to another country or are over the age of eighteen. If you wish to apply for a tourist card, you will also need to present a valid passport. If you have an expired visa, it is necessary to provide a valid Canadian Passport.

There are three authorized periods when you can enter Canada: economic, transit and emergency. You are allowed to stay in the country up to one year as long as you satisfy the residency requirements. For Canadian citizens, there are different ways to reach Canada: Canadian passport services, Canadian immigration channels and Canadian railway transport.

Economic or tourist visitors need to acquire leave status before leaving for Canada. For this, you need to present a valid passport that has not been rejected on a previous visit to Canada. Leave status cannot be renewed. This leaves three options for remaining in Canada longer than one year: you can apply for an extended family member status, you can stay in a hotel or resort or you can stay in a private and supervised residence. If you do not meet these requirements, staying in Canada for more than one year is prohibited.

Temporary residents who have been in Canada less than two years cannot apply for an extended family member status. Instead of a permanent resident card, they can apply for a social insurance number, which is valid for three years. In cases where the applicant was not a Canadian citizen or subject to the Immigration Act, he or she can apply for one but must provide proof of citizenship or immigration status.

Temporary residents who have entered Canada by driving can apply for an electronic authorization. This enables them to stay in Canada by showing their valid passport. They need to present their valid passport when applying for this type of authorization. Electronic authorization opens the possibility of allowing foreign citizens to stay in Canada by showing their valid passport. This option is not available for tourists and people travelling with a valid passport will need to travel by air to enter Canada.

Tourists and people travelling with a valid passport can apply for an emergency passport by presenting their original passport. This option is only available if the applicant has not left Canada for at least six months and the passport was issued by the applicable authorities of the country of residence. Emergency passports are valid for six months and can be renewed if the applicant shows proof of residence within the period of six months.

When travelling outside of Canada, foreign citizens must produce their valid passport and other necessary documents when boarding the airplane. Some airlines require passengers to produce their photo ID and some may require hand held photo identification. These measures are to prevent illegal entry into the Canada airport. Travellers can check with the airline company about their boarding gate requirements before travelling to Canada.