Visa Free Countries for Canadian Passport Holders
Visa Free Countries for Canadian Passport Holders

Visa Free Countries for Canadian Passport Holders

Traveling with a Canadian passport

Canadian passport shares the 8th place in the global passport ranking by Henley & Partners with Australia, Greece, and Malta. It is high-ranking, which proves its great travel mobility.

Now visa-free countries for Canadian passport holders include 111 destinations. They allow you to have more travel freedom but do not forget about other entry requirements: additional documents, vaccinations, etc.

It is also possible for Canadians to visit other countries by obtaining an eVisa, a visa on arrival, or a traditional visa. It is always necessary to check the visa requirements of your travel destination before the trip: whether it requires a visa and if it does, which options are available.

The Canadian passport application process

Only Canadian citizens can receive a Canadian passport. It is possible to apply via urgent (end of next business day) and express (2 to 9 business days) procedure for extra fees or have a standard application procedure (10-20 business days).

For a standard application process, follow these steps:

  1. Fill out the application form
  2. Gather all the necessary documents and your passport photos
  3. Find a guarantor and 2 references
  4. Submit your application and cover passport fees
  5. Get your passport

You can also apply by mail using a certified courier or traceable mail service.

Countries that Canadian passport holders can visit visa-free

Canadian passport visa-free countries list includes 111 destinations from all over the world: Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Oceania. Most of them allow Canadian citizens visa-free travel for 90 days within a 180-day period.

See the countries where Canadians are able to travel visa-free:

  • AndorraAndorra
  • United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates
  • AlbaniaAlbania
  • ArgentinaArgentina
  • AustriaAustria
  • Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina
  • BarbadosBarbados
  • BelgiumBelgium
  • BulgariaBulgaria
  • BruneiBrunei
  • BoliviaBolivia
  • BrazilBrazil
  • BahamasBahamas
  • BotswanaBotswana
  • BelarusBelarus
  • BelizeBelize
  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
  • ChileChile
  • ColombiaColombia
  • Costa RicaCosta Rica
  • SerbiaSerbia
  • CyprusCyprus
  • Czech RepublicCzech Republic
  • GermanyGermany
  • DenmarkDenmark
  • DominicaDominica
  • Dominican RepublicDominican Republic
  • EcuadorEcuador
  • EstoniaEstonia
  • SpainSpain
  • FinlandFinland
  • FijiFiji
  • MicronesiaMicronesia
  • FranceFrance
  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
  • GrenadaGrenada
  • GeorgiaGeorgia
  • GambiaGambia
  • GreeceGreece
  • GuatemalaGuatemala
  • GuyanaGuyana
  • HondurasHonduras
  • CroatiaCroatia
  • HaitiHaiti
  • HungaryHungary
  • IrelandIreland
  • IsraelIsrael
  • IcelandIceland
  • ItalyItaly
  • JamaicaJamaica
  • JapanJapan
  • KyrgyzstanKyrgyzstan
  • KiribatiKiribati
  • Saint Kitts and NevisSaint Kitts and Nevis
  • KazakhstanKazakhstan
  • Saint LuciaSaint Lucia
  • LiechtensteinLiechtenstein
  • LesothoLesotho
  • LithuaniaLithuania
  • LuxembourgLuxembourg
  • LatviaLatvia
  • MoroccoMorocco
  • MonacoMonaco
  • MoldovaMoldova
  • MontenegroMontenegro
  • MacedoniaMacedonia
  • MongoliaMongolia
  • MaltaMalta
  • MauritiusMauritius
  • MexicoMexico
  • MalaysiaMalaysia
  • NamibiaNamibia
  • NicaraguaNicaragua
  • NetherlandsNetherlands
  • NorwayNorway
  • OmanOman
  • PanamaPanama
  • PeruPeru
  • PhilippinesPhilippines
  • PolandPoland
  • San MarinoSan Marino
  • SenegalSenegal
  • SurinameSuriname
  • El SalvadorEl Salvador
  • ThailandThailand
  • TajikistanTajikistan
  • TunisiaTunisia
  • TaiwanTaiwan
  • UkraineUkraine
  • United StatesUnited States
  • UruguayUruguay
  • UzbekistanUzbekistan
  • Vatican CityVatican City
  • Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSaint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • VanuatuVanuatu
  • SamoaSamoa
  • South AfricaSouth Africa
  • ZambiaZambia
  • São Tomé and PríncipeSão Tomé and Príncipe
  • QatarQatar
  • SingaporeSingapore
  • PortugalPortugal
  • SwedenSweden
  • SlovakiaSlovakia
  • SloveniaSlovenia
  • Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad and Tobago
  • RomaniaRomania
  • ParaguayParaguay
  • Cape VerdeCape Verde
  • Antigua and BarbudaAntigua and Barbuda
  • EswatiniEswatini

The benefits of visiting visa-free countries with the Canadian passport

Visa-free access is significantly beneficial for Canadian passport holders:

  • you don’t need to worry about visa requirements, so you can enjoy your travel without any stress;
  • when you have the ability to travel visa-free, you can experiment and visit more exotic destinations;
  • visa-free countries are also great if you’re running low on funds and don’t want to spend additional money on a visa;
  • you get travel flexibility, as you don’t have to adjust your itinerary to the visa’s validity.

Countries offering eVisa to the Canadian citizens

There are a number of countries where it is obligatory for Canadian visitors to have a visa in order to be entry-allowed. Still, many of these countries offer Canadian passport holders an online visa, which is a speedy, simple, and secure way to get an entry permit.

Applicants need to complete a short form on the website, attach proper documentation, pay the fees, and receive an approved electronic visa via email.

Canadian citizens are eligible for an eVisa to the following countries:

  • ArmeniaArmenia
  • AngolaAngola
  • AzerbaijanAzerbaijan
  • BahrainBahrain
  • BeninBenin
  • CongoCongo
  • Ivory CoastIvory Coast
  • DjiboutiDjibouti
  • EgyptEgypt
  • EthiopiaEthiopia
  • GabonGabon
  • Guinea BissauGuinea Bissau
  • GuineaGuinea
  • IndiaIndia
  • KenyaKenya
  • CambodiaCambodia
  • KuwaitKuwait
  • LaosLaos
  • Sri LankaSri Lanka
  • MadagascarMadagascar
  • MyanmarMyanmar
  • MalawiMalawi
  • MozambiqueMozambique
  • Papua New GuineaPapua New Guinea
  • PakistanPakistan
  • TurkeyTurkey
  • TanzaniaTanzania
  • UgandaUganda
  • VietnamVietnam
  • ZimbabweZimbabwe
  • RwandaRwanda
  • Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia
  • South SudanSouth Sudan

Also, some countries have an ETA (electronic travel authorization) – an entry requirement that is also completed online but not considered a visa.

Canadian passport holders must complete an ETA for these destinations:

  • AustraliaAustralia
  • South KoreaSouth Korea
  • New ZealandNew Zealand

Countries offering visas on arrival to Canadian passport holders

In certain countries, Canadian citizens can get a visa on arrival – those that are obtained upon landing, in contrast to the ones that can be received ahead of time. It is a good option if you didn’t have time to get a visa before your travel or forgot (didn’t know that it is necessary) to apply for a visa beforehand.

Note that long waiting in lines for a visa on arrival is extremely common, especially during the holiday season, and it may be complicated to find the line you need. If your travel destination has an alternative option – an eVisa – we recommend applying online in advance.

Still, in case you don’t apply ahead of time, these countries suggest a visa on arrival:

  • ArmeniaArmenia
  • BangladeshBangladesh
  • Burkina FasoBurkina Faso
  • BahrainBahrain
  • BurundiBurundi
  • EgyptEgypt
  • Guinea BissauGuinea Bissau
  • IndonesiaIndonesia
  • IraqIraq
  • JordanJordan
  • CambodiaCambodia
  • ComorosComoros
  • KuwaitKuwait
  • LaosLaos
  • LebanonLebanon
  • Sri LankaSri Lanka
  • MadagascarMadagascar
  • Marshall IslandsMarshall Islands
  • MauritaniaMauritania
  • MaldivesMaldives
  • MalawiMalawi
  • MozambiqueMozambique
  • NepalNepal
  • Papua New GuineaPapua New Guinea
  • PakistanPakistan
  • Sierra LeoneSierra Leone
  • SomaliaSomalia
  • TogoTogo
  • Timor LesteTimor Leste
  • TongaTonga
  • TuvaluTuvalu
  • TanzaniaTanzania
  • ZimbabweZimbabwe
  • SeychellesSeychelles
  • PalauPalau
  • RwandaRwanda
  • Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia
  • Solomon IslandsSolomon Islands

*Electronic Travel Authorization is necessary for obtaining a visa on arrival, so you still have to make some preparations beforehand.

Countries where Canadian citizens need a visa to travel to

It is mandatory for Canadian passport holders to make an in-person appointment at the office if they need a visa to the countries below:

  • AfghanistanAfghanistan
  • BhutanBhutan
  • Central African RepublicCentral African Republic
  • Republic of the CongoRepublic of the Congo
  • CameroonCameroon
  • ChinaChina
  • AlgeriaAlgeria
  • EritreaEritrea
  • GhanaGhana
  • Equatorial GuineaEquatorial Guinea
  • IranIran
  • North KoreaNorth Korea
  • LiberiaLiberia
  • LibyaLibya
  • MaliMali
  • NigerNiger
  • NigeriaNigeria
  • NauruNauru
  • SyriaSyria
  • ChadChad
  • TurkmenistanTurkmenistan
  • VenezuelaVenezuela
  • YemenYemen
  • RussiaRussia
  • SudanSudan

What do I need to apply for a visa?

Visa requirements and documents needed are dependent on the country of visit and your passport. You can easily check both, using the

travel requirements checker