What You Need to Know When Traveling to Canada
The winter is in the air and the weather is frosty and cold, but you still have time to visit Canada and plan your winter vacation. Whether you prefer a skiing trip, a snowboarding adventure, or simply want to enjoy some time at the spa, you can plan your winter vacation at the most affordable prices while staying at the best resorts in Canada. You can save plenty of money on airfare, stay at a luxurious hotel and explore Canada at your own pace and on your own schedule. Here’s how:
– Foreign nationals who are eligible to travel to Canada cannot travel to Canada until further notice, unless they have an eTA or visitor visa. These restrictions prevent most other non-essential travel to Canada. However, there are some exceptions. If a foreign national with an eTA or visa needs to enter Canada by crossing the United States border or taking a crossing permit from another country, they may be able to enter Canada by crossing the Saint Pierre Bridge between Canada and the USA.
– Only visa-exempt foreign citizens must apply for a temporary resident visa to visit Canada. In the past, visa applications were usually accepted for several months. But, since 2021, when the EIR came into force, all visa applications have been processed immediately and all visa applications have been approved without waiting for the four years that it takes for a normal immigrant visa application to become active.
– Foreign national visitors (not including registered Canadian citizens) need a Canadian passport to travel to Canada. This is because of the Anti-terrorism Act. This three-year rule also applies to tourists who are not carrying a valid passport and are travelling outside of their country of citizenship. The three years validity period starts on the day that the visitor initially applies for a Canadian passport. There are some exceptions to this requirement such as for emergency and military passports. However, for most other types of passport, a person needs to apply for a Canadian passport within three years of their first arrival in Canada and maintain it until the end of the six-year period that applies to tourists.
– Only visa-exempt foreign citizens may apply for a visitor visa to Canada. A foreign national who does not qualify for either a visitor or citizenship visa may not make an application for a Canadian passport and cannot apply for one within two years of their first arrival in Canada. For citizens of the former Yugoslavia, a person need not have obtained a visa to travel to Canada if they are travelling to the Canada. However, the same condition applies for those travelling to the territories of the former Yugoslavia.
– Canadian immigration authorities no longer accept certificates of citizenship and other invalid documents as proof of identity for non-removable entries. These items have been deemed not useful as evidence of identity for several years. Therefore, those travelling to Canada without a recognized birth certificate are required by the Immigration Services to present appropriate documents. However, those travelling to Canada with a birth certificate still need to present one of the following: certificate of citizenship, birth certificate of resident parent, or birth certificate of dependent parent.
– Immigrants to Canada are required to present their valid passport when travelling outside of Canada for more than six consecutive months. This requirement is intended to ensure that immigrants do not overstay their visa period. However, those travelling to Canada for business purposes are not required to present valid passport while leaving to enter the country. In addition, Canadians travelling abroad do not need to display two types of Canadian citizenship documents, such as a certificate of citizenship and another type of valid Canadian passport. This is done to comply with the immigration and visa versa provisions of the Canada Immigration and Trade Act.
– There are certain authorized benefits that Canadian residents can apply for when travelling outside of their country of permanent residence. These benefits include relief from customs duties, protection against criminal acts, access to the immovable property of Canada and assistance for settling in Canada. These benefits are available for applicants who hold a valid passport and a Canadian permanent resident card. When travelling outside of your country of permanent residence, individuals with valid passports may also apply for the same benefits provided for Canadian citizens when travelling to Canada.