Canada tourist visa

Tourist visa

The best option for those who plan short stay visits.

 Live in Canada for a season is always a good option. But if you are not sure how long you want to stay, in which city you would like to live or, simply, you want to throw your backpack on your shoulder, put on some good boots and know everything that the country has to offer without being tied to any job or course , the tourist visa will be your adventure companion.

With the tourist visa this travel through Canada for up to 6 months. Enough time to get a real idea of ​​what Canada is, improve your english And find more reasons to stay

The good news? It depends on your nationality, maybe for get your tourist visa do not have to carry out as many procedures as you imagine

What is the tourist visa?

The tourist visa or Temporary Resident Visa It is an official document that indicates your date of entry and how long you have to be in Canada. This time is usually a maximum of 6 months.

When you land in Canada, an immigration inspector will review your case and put a stamp in your passport indicating when your tourist visa expires. In some special cases the duration of your tourist visa is less than 6 months, but it is very rare.

There are two types of tourist visa that any traveler, even those who are stopping at an airport in Canada, will have to apply to be able to move through the country freely. 

Types of tourist visa in Canada

You want to know what tourist visa you need to apply for Canada? That will depend on two factors: your nationality and what are your plans in the country. Let's quickly see your options!


Visitor Visa

  • Passports: Colombian, Argentine, Costa Rican or Peruvian.
  • How to order: online or physical media.
  • For whom: people who come to visit Canada, study for a maximum of 6 months or for those who make a stopover in Canadian territory.
  • Validity: maximum 6 months.
  • Cost: $ 100 CAD

If you come for land or sea, you will not have to process the Visitor Visa, but you will have to have all the papers in order in case an immigration officer requests it.



  • Passports: Spanish, Mexican or Chilean.
  • How to order: Online
  • For whom: people who want to visit Canada or study a course of less than 6 months duration.
  • Validity: Once requested it is valid for 5 years. It allows the stay in the country for maximum periods of 6 months.
  • Cost: $ 7 CAD

If you have questions about what type of visa should you apply for, In the Canada government page They have prepared a small test that you can answer to find out what type of visa is right for you.

What can you do with the tourist visa?

With the tourist visa you can get a good idea of ​​what it is Live in Canada, since it allows you:

  • Travel Canada no strings attached.
  • Study an English or Vocational Training course less than 6 months in duration.
  • Visit friends and relatives.
  • Doing business trip.
  • Enter and leave the country without limits for the duration of your visa.

Finally, it is important that you remember that Tourist visas have a maximum validity of 6 months, unless your passport states otherwise. If the departure date has not been stamped in your passport, it will be 6 months after your arrival in Canada.

Requirements to apply for a tourist visa

Yes, apply for a tourist visa you will not have to complicate your life much, since you only need meet a few requirements and fill out an online application.

  • Passport in order and with at least one more year of validity.
  • Not having a criminal record in your country of origin.
  • Certify that you have sufficient savings in your bank account to cover the expenses of your stay in Canada (it will vary depending on the duration and your travel plan).
  • Certificate of good health. It is not mandatory, but in some cases they may request that you pass some medical tests.
  • Prove you have reasons to leave Canada once your visa expires. It can be an employment contract, employment information, or a flight home.
  • Pay visa fees (between $ 7 CAD and $ 100 CAD, depending on the type of visa).

Although these are the general requirements with those that guarantee almost 100% that you will be granted a tourist visa, it is possible that your visa will be denied by an immigration agent, due to insufficient funds to cover your stay in Canada, health problems or safety reasons. 

If you are not sure if you meet all the requirements or you are not sure if this is your best visa option to come to Canada, contact us and we will inform you personally.

How to apply for your tourist visa?

The application for tourist visas is very simple and can be done online.

As we mentioned before, the first thing you have to do is make sure you apply to the visa that corresponds to you according to your nationality. 

And now, we go through all the steps you have to follow to achieve each of the modalities of tourist visa.


Visitor Visa (Temporary Resident Visa)

If the Visitor Visa or Temporary Resident Visa It is the visa that corresponds to you (you can check it !) , The process is very simple.

We recommend that you process the online applicationas it is much faster. Although you can also do it in person.

El Canadian government has made available to anyone who needs it a guide to successfully fill out the Visitor Visa application. In addition, you can make the request from the same page.

Lastly, you have to be prepared for submit your biometric data to be able to process your Visitor Visa successfully. Although it sounds a bit futuristic, your biometric data they are nothing more than your fingerprints and photos of your face. It is one of the most reliable methods for identifying legitimate persons and is used by many governments worldwide to implement immigration measures and programs, as well as manage the influx of travelers.


eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization)

As for the Visitor Visa, the first thing you have to do is make sure that your passport is on the list of those who can request an eTA.

As the name suggests, the eTAs,  Electronic Travel Authorization, it is an electronic travel authorization and can only be request online, and the process is quick and easy.

To request it you will have to have with you:

  • Tu passport in order
  • Tu e-mail Contact
  • A Credit or debit card to pay the visa fees $ 7 CAD.

What is Dingoos and how do we help you?

If you are very clear that Canada is your next destination but you still don't really know what you want to do with your life - you don't always have all the answers at once - with the tourist visa You can come and see what is cooking in the country. And if you want to have a group of travel companions before you leave, contact us.

En Dingoos we are experts in making your life easier in Canada and we will be more than happy to help you complete all your visa procedures and guide you in your first weeks. If you want to come and discover what you want to do, or if you have already discovered it and now you need search for a course o apply for a student visa, you can always count on us to advise you for free.

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    Do I need health insurance if I am traveling to Canada as a tourist?

    It is not mandatory, but we recommend that take out medical insurance. It is quite possible that during your stay in canada have to go to the doctor for some reason and you will be grateful to have taken out insurance, since here the medical care is very expensive. It is best that you hire a travel insurance like Travelfine o World that covers the duration of your stay in Canada. In addition, insurance usually also covers other possible mishaps, such as loss of luggage or dental emergencies.

    Can I work with a tourist visa?

    No, to work in Canada you need a Work Permit, and you can only request this permit if you are studying a professional training course lasting more than 6 months.

    Can I study with a tourist visa?

    Yes, the Tourist visa allows you to study in Canada courses of up to 6 months duration. If you want to know more about what courses are for you, write us! One of our Dingoos guides will advise you free of charge on courses and schools that best suit your goals and will also help you plan your trip.

    Is it necessary to pay for a tourist visa to process an application? 

    Yes, for your visa to be processed it is essential that pay the fees first.

    How long does it take to get an eTA approved?

    Casi todas las eTA applications they are approved within a few minutes of completing the visa payment. Still, some applications take several days or even weeks to process.

    If there is a problem with your eTA, the Canadian Department of Immigration will contact you to request more information.

    Where can I do the biometric tests?

    There are several centers in almost all the countries of the world. To know which one is closest to you, enter here and select your place of residence.

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