Travelling to Canada – Understanding Your Coverage
Most people require an electronic travel authorization or visa to travel to Canada – either alone or with friends and family. Some people however, might only require their valid passport to travel to Canada. In that case, you might find yourself relying on the Canadian embassy for a valid visa. While the consular officials at the Canadian embassy are usually very helpful and can easily grant a visa upon application, there is no guarantee when it comes to the security of Canada’s immigration policies and practices.
If you want to apply for a Canadian visa without a passport, then it must be done in person at the consulate of Permanent Residents in Canada or at the Permanent residency office of the Canadian embassy in your country. Both options require the submission of several documents. You must present a birth certificate if you are younger than eighteen years of age, a statement from your doctor certifying that you are mentally and physically capable of defending yourself in Canada, and finally, a full and final confirmation of your Canadian citizenship by filling out a request for Canadian citizenship card and giving your full name and address. Keep in mind that if you are applying for a normal tourist visa, such as for three months or less, then you do not have to present these documents. However, if you are travelling for more than three months, then all three documents must be presented.
Another option for those who need to travel to Canada without a Canadian passport is to apply for temporary resident status. To qualify for this type of status, you must be a resident of a country that is Canada’s neighbour or is of the same country as Canada. In addition, you must also have a job which pays you enough to support yourself and your dependents for a period of at least six months. Furthermore, you must provide the Canadian Immigration authorities with all of the necessary financial and other information so that your status can be approved.
As long as you meet the above criteria, you will be granted entry into Canada without a passport. In addition, many types of temporary residents in Canada enjoy certain special benefits. First, they are exempt from the regular immigration requirements, and their status is considered as fully supported status. For travelers, this means that they are not required to obtain a passport upon arriving in Canada. On the other hand, if you are visiting Canada and you are not a resident of that country, you may be required to present proof of citizenship or immigration status in order to travel abroad to Canada.
While most travelers are required to have a valid passport, there are some who choose to skip the process, claiming either a lack of need for travel, or a lack of proof of citizenship. Those who fall under this category do not necessarily have reason to fear. If you visit Canada without a passport, you can still obtain a temporary resident card, which can take effect as soon as your application is approved. You can also present a medical certificate that shows that you have been diagnosed with a medical condition that could prevent you from obtaining a passport, including HIV/AIDS or cancer. Some Canadian government departments offer assistance to those with HIV/AIDS or cancer, or other conditions related to their immune system; vaccination against common diseases such as measles and flu is also available for these individuals.
Some who travel to Canada also prefer to apply for ETA cards, which are similar to passport cards. Applying for an ETA is not a necessity, but it does help you avoid having to go through the lengthy process of obtaining a passport. These cards are issued by the Canadian government and contain information about your contact information, date of birth, and permanent resident status. As an added bonus, if you become a citizen of Canada and wish to travel outside of the country, you can also apply for an ETA and use it to travel between countries.
If you have not yet applied for an ETA, but you know that you require travel insurance, it is best to obtain one before traveling to Canada. There are many companies out there that specialize in offering coverage for those who are travelling outside of Canada. Many of these companies provide coverage for those who are Canadian residents as well as those who are foreign visitors. It is important to note, however, that while these companies may be able to provide coverage for those who are a resident of Canada, they may not be able to offer coverage for those who are Dual citizens of the United States or those who are American expats. This means that in order to obtain the benefits that are offered by a health insurance provider in the United States, you will have to apply for an electronic travel authorization.
It should be noted, however, that even though Canadian travel insurance covers you when you travel outside of the country, there are some circumstances under which your insurance will not cover you. In the case of measles, Canadian travelers are required by law to have two doses of the recommended vaccine against the disease. Therefore, travelers who have not previously received two doses of the measles vaccine will not be covered by a travel policy in Canada. For those who have received the measles vaccine and wish to travel to Canada, they will need to apply for a special travel document, called a pamp holder. The pamp holder is a temporary certification which will allow you to enter Canada without having to wait for approval from the Department of Health.