By Mary Charie / 31/08/2018

VISA FREE COUNTRIES FOR CANADIAN PASSPORT HOLDERS

Visa Free Countries For Canadian Passport Holders

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Oh, Canada, the best country in the world! - sing in the tune of Borat's famous song!

Kidding aside, Canada is truly one of the best countries - passport rather - in the travel world. Sitting on the top 18th (rank 3) according to passportindex.org. Canadian citizens can travel to 172 countries without a visa. When you are travelling or staying in hostels, you will meet at least one Canadian. Their passport can take them far and they are surely taking an advantage of it.

On this article, I'll show which countries you can enter without a visa if you hold a Canadian passport. While other countries, where you can get a visa on arrival and countries that required you to obtain one beforehand will also be listed here, I'll also give you tips on how to an evisa if you need one.


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HOW MANY COUNTRIES CAN A CANADIAN CITIZEN TRAVEL WITHOUT A VISA

A Canadian passport holder can enter to 172 countries without a visa, 51 visa on arrival, while 33 require a visa before entering their country. This placed Canada in one of the strongest passports in the travelling world.

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WHAT COUNTRIES REQUIRE A VISA FOR CANADIAN CITIZENS

Only 33 countries require you to have a visa before you enter. Some of them are obtainable online, you must do your own research, sometimes, you need to get the visa from your own home country. Here are the countries that require you to have a visa:

Afghanistan

Chad

Eritea

Liberia

Pakistan

Syria

Algeria

China

Ghana

Libya

Russia

Turkmenistan

Bhutan

Republic of Congo

Guinea

Mali

Saudi Arabia

Yemen

Burundi

Democratic Republic of Congo

Iran

Nauru

Sierra Leone

Cameroon

Iraq

Niger

South Sudan

Central African Republic

Equatorial Guinea

North Korea

Nigeria

Sudan

Visa Free Countries For Canadian Passport Holders

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VISA FREE COUNTRIES FOR CANADIAN PASSPORT HOLDERS

I will list the visa-free countries, visa on arrival, and visa required in a categorical order of demographic location.

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VISA GUIDE FOR ASIA

Central Asia

VISA FREE:

  • Kazakhstan - 30 days
  • Kyrgyzstan - 60 days

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

  • Tajikistan - evisa for 45 days, can enter to any border points - get an evisa online
  • Uzbekistan - evisa for 30 days, 5-day free transit, must show onward ticket and must transit on international airports - APPLY FOR YOUR EVISA HERE

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Turkemistan

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East Asia

VISA FREE:

  • Hong Kong - 90 days
  • Japan - 90 days
  • Macao - 30 days
  • Mongolia - 30 days
  • South Korea - 180 days
  • Taiwan - 90 days

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Visa Free Countries For Canadian Passport Holders

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Southeast Asia

VISA FREE:

  • Brunei - 14 days
  • Indonesia- 30 days
  • Malaysia - 90 days
  • Philippines - 30 days, be extended to 59 days for a fee
  • Singapore - 90 days
  • Thailand - 30 days, maximum of two visits per year if not arriving by air

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

  • Cambodia - visa on arrival/evisa for 30 days - get your evisa
  • Laos - visa on arrival for 30 days, extendable up to up to 60 days
  • Myanmar - evisa for 28 days - you can apply for the evisa here or check my Myanmar visa guide
  • Timor-Leste - visa on arrival for 30 days
  • Vietnam - evisa for 30 days or apply for 90 days, single or multiple entries - apply online

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South Asia

VISA FREE:

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

  • Bangladesh - visa on arrival for 30 days
  • India - 60 days for evisa, must arrive in designated airports, an e-Tourist visa can only be obtained twice in one calendar year - Get you Tourist evisa HERE - how to apply for an Indian visa online
  • Maldives - visa on arrival for 30 days
  • Nepal - visa on arrival for 90 days
  • Sri Lanka - visa on arrival or evisa for 30 days - apply for an evisa online

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Afghanistan
  • Bhutan
  • Pakistan - 30 days visa on arrival if travelling with an authorised tour group/operator

West / Middle East

VISA FREE:

  • Armenia - 180 days
  • Georgia - 360 days
  • Israel - 90 days
  • Palestine

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

  • Armenia - visa on arrival/evisa for 180 days within 1 year
  • Azerbaijan - evisa for 30 days
  • Jordan - visa on arrival, conditions apply
  • Kuwait - visa on arrival/evisa for 90 days
  • Lebanon - visa on arrival for 1 month, can be extended for 2 months for free at Beirut International Airport if you don't have a stamp or seal from Israel, an address in Lebanon, telephone number, and an exit ticket.
  • United Arab Emirates - visa on arrival for free for 30 days
  • Oman - evisa for 30 days
  • Qatar - visa on arrival/evisa for 30 days
  • Turkey - visa on arrival/evisa for 90 days, visa-free if on a cruise ship that will arrive and depart on the same day

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Iran
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Syria
  • Yemen

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VISA GUIDE FOR EUROPE

Schengen Area

VISA FREE:

Canadian citizens can enter the Schengen countries without a visa for 90 days in the 180-day period. You can move freely around these states without crossing any border point/immigration without obtaining a visa unless your visa has expired or you run out of days. Note that it is 90 days for the entire Schengen area not per country.

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SCHENGEN MEMBERS:

Austria

France

Norway

Belgium

Germany

Liechtenstein

Poland

Switzerland

Czech Republic

Greece

Portugal

Hungary

Luxembourg

Slovakia

Estonia

Icelan

Malta

Slovenia

Finland

Italy

Netherlands

Spain

Non-Schengen Area

FREE VISA:

  • Albania - 90 days
  • Andorra
  • Belarus - 30 days must arrive visa Minsk Airport
  • Bulgaria - 90 days within the 180-day period
  • Croatia - 90 days within the 180-day period
  • Cyprus - 90 days within the 180-day period
  • Ireland - 90 days, must show the purpose of travel, sufficient fund, return ticket, and accommodation booking
  • Kosovo - 90 days
  • Macedonia - 90 days
  • Moldova - 90 days
  • Monaco - 90 days within the 180-day
  • Montenegro - 90 days
  • Romania - 90 days within the 180-day
  • San Marino
  • Serbia - 90 days
  • Ukraine - 90 days within 180-day
  • United Kingdom - 180 days must show return ticket and accommodation booking
  • Vatican City

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Russia - if you are on a cruise ship, planning to stay for not more than 72 hours, and will spend each night on board, and will only leave the ship with the organised tour arranged by your cruise ship company, then you do not need a visa  - you need an invitation letter from a person in Russia or a travel agency if you are applying for a visa, you can get it online too

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VISA GUIDE FOR AFRICA

Central Africa

FREE VISA:

  • Sao Tome and Principe - 15 days

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

  • Angola - evisa for 30 days
  • Gabon - visa on arrival or evisa for 90 days, evisa must arrive via Libreville International Airport
  • Rwanda - visa on arrival or evisa for 30 days

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Chad
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo - hotel reservation is required and the international certificate of vaccination 
  • Republic of Congo
  • South Sudan

East Africa

VISA FREE:

  • Mayotte- 90 days within the 180-day period
  • Mauritius - 90 days

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

  • Comoros - visa on arrival
  • Djibouti - evisa for 31 days
  • Ethiopia - evisa or visa on arrival which is obtainable at Addis Ababa Bole airport - you can get your evisa here
  • Kenya -  visa on arrival or evisa for 90 days - get your evisa here
  • Madagascar - visa on arrival
  • Malawi - visa on arrival
  • Mozambique -  visa on arrival for 30 days, conditions apply
  • Reunion - 90 days in the 180-day period
  • Seychelles -  visitor's permit on arrival 90 days for free and can be extended for up to one year
  • Somalia - visa on arrival for 30 days at specific airports
  • Tanzania - visa on arrival
  • Uganda - visa on arrival or evisa may apply online, get your evisa here
  • Zambia - visa on arrival/evisa for 90 days allow access to Zimbabwe 
  • Zimbabwe - visa on arrival/evisa for 90 days, can allow entry to Zambia

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Eritrea

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Nouth Africa

FREE VISA:

  • Morocco - 90 days
  • Tunisia - 120 days

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Algeria
  • Libya
  • Sudan

Western Sahara - undefined

South Africa

FREE VISA:

  • Botswana - 90 days
  • Lesotho - 14 days
  • Namibia - 90 days
  • South Africa - 90 days
  • Swaziland - 30 days

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West Africa

FREE VISA:

  • Gambia - international certificate of vaccination required
  • Senegal - 90 days international certificate of vaccination required

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

  • Benin - 30 days/8 days visa on arrival or evisa, international certificate of vaccination required
  • Burkina Faso - visa on arrival for 30 days
  • Cape Verde - evisa for 90 days, must arrive at Port Bouet Airport
  • Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) - evisa
  • Guinea-Bissau - visa on arrival/evisa for 90 days evisa
  • Mauritania - visa on arrival at Nouakchott–Oumtounsy International Airport
  • Togo - visa on arrival for 7 days

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Liberia
  • Mali
  • Niger - international certificate of vaccination required
  • Nigeria - visa can be obtained online
  • Sierra Leone - international certificate of vaccination required

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VISA GUIDE FOR AMERICA

Central America

FREE VISA:

  • Belize - 30 days, can be extended p to 6 months
  • Dominica - 180 days
  • Dominican Republic - 90 days
  • Costa Rica - 90 days
  • Colombia - 90 days, can be extended up to 180 days, a reciprocity fee must be paid upon arroval which is 190,000 COP, must show a yellow fever vaccination record if coming from Brazil
  • El Salvador - 90 days
  • Guatemala - 90 days
  • Honduras - 90 days
  • Nicaragua - 90 days

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North America

FREE VISA:

  • Mexico - 180 days Tourist Card - you may obtain a Tourist card here
  • United States of America - 180 days, passport must be valid throughout the stay
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South America

FREE VISA:

  • Argentina - 90 days
  • Aruba - 30 days
  • Bolivia
  • Chile - 90 days
  • Cuba - must get Tourist Card
  • Curacao - 90 days
  • Ecuador - 90 days
  • Guyana - 90 days
  • Peru - 183
  • Uruguay - 90 days
  • Venezuela

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

  • Brazil -  evisa for 90 days per year - APPLY FOR AN EVISA HERE - things to know before arriving in Brazil
  • Falkland Islands - visitor's permit for 4 weeks will be issued upon arrival
  • Paraguay - visa on arrival for 90 days
  • Suriname - tourist card on arrival for 90 days must obtain at Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Cuba

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VISA GUIDE FOR OCEANIA

FREE VISA:

  • Fiji - 120 days
  • Kiribati - 30 days
  • Micronesia - 30 days
  • New Zealand - 90 days
  • Vanuatu - 30 days

VISA ON ARRIVAL/EVISA:

  • Australia - must apply for an ETA(Electronic Travel Authority) online - valid for maximum of 90 days for every 365-day period
  • Marshall Islands - visa on arrival for 90 days
  • Papua New Guinea - visa on arrival for 60 days
  • Palau - visa on arrival for 30 days
  • Samoa - entry permit on arrival for 60 days
  • Solomon Islands - visa on arrival for 90 days
  • Tonga - visa on arrival for 31 days
  • Tuvalu - visa on arrival for 30 days

VISA REQUIRED:

  • Nauru

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Mary Charie

She's the person behind this blog. Torn between her itchy feet and writing, Mary found herself soaking up in the world of travel blogging. She travels on her own terms and tries to build her own world whilst pushing herself into every corner of life, breaking limit beyond her capabilities.

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