Visa Free Countries for Canadians in 2021

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Passports are worldwide identification documents that allow you to travel abroad. The Canadian passport has been ranked 9th place among the most powerful passports in the world! This means that its holder can travel to a large number of countries without visa restrictions. Out of 195 countries existing in the world, Canadian passport holders can travel to 183 of them visa-free. Check which countries a Canadian Passport can take you to below.

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Canada Passport Index Ranking in 2021

While choosing a travel destination, travellers have to consider where they can go, which documents should be in order before they leave, and how much the journey will cost. 

Therefore, passport rankings are created to determine how powerful a country’s passport is, allowing others to assess what documents they need for their chosen destination.

Henley Canada Passport Index

The Henley Passport Index is a global ranking of countries in terms of the freedom of travel for citizens. It shows how many destinations a passport holder can visit from a given country without a prior visa.

This ranking is original and based on data taken from the IATA (International Air Transport Association). It remains the world’s biggest and most accurate database of travel information.

The 2021 Henley Passport Index puts Canada in 9th place.

Arton Capital Canada Passport Index

The Passport Index 2021 tracked the WOS (World Openness Score) for about a year (between December 31, 2019, and May 31, 2020) taking this as the period of COVID-19 pandemic to account for the severe travel restrictions put in place by most of the countries. After May, the restrictions eased in most countries.

The report concluded that during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, 67% of countries were closed for travel.

Arton Capital’s Passport Index places Canada in 5th place, tied with Malaysia and Ireland, with all three having a 154 visa-free score.

140 Visa-Free Countries for Canadians

If you have a Canadian passport, you can consider yourself lucky! You can travel up to 140 countries without a visa. That means you will presumably just show your passport. 

Check to which country you can travel to without a visa:

  1. Albania – up to 90 days
  2. American Samoa – you must apply for the Entry Permit Waiver Program (EPWP) online at least 48 hours before travelling.
  3. Andorra – up to 90 days.
  4. Anguilla – up to 1 month
  5. Antigua and Barbuda – up to 6 months
  6. Argentina – up to 90 days
  7. Aruba – up to 30 days
  8. Australia – 90 days but you must apply for the Australian Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) before travelling.
  9. Austria – 90 days
  10. Bahamas – 8 months
  11. Barbados – 6 months
  12. Belarus – 30 days but only when arriving and departing through the Minsk International Airport.
  13. Belgium – 90 days
  14. Belize
  15. Bermuda
  16. Bolivia – up to 90 days
  17. Bonaire; St. Eustatius and Saba – up to 3 months
  18. Bosnia and Herzegovina – up to 90 days in any 6-month period
  19. Botswana – up to 90 days
  20. Brazil – up to 90 days
  21. British Virgin Islands
  22. Brunei – 14 days
  23. Bulgaria – up to 90 days in any 6-month period
  24. Cape Verde Islands – up to 30 days, however, you must register through the online portal Efficient Automatic And Safe Entry of Travelers (EASE) at least five days prior to departure.
  25. The Cayman Islands – up to 6 months
  26. Chile – up to 90 days
  27. Colombia – up to 90 days
  28. Cook Islands – up to 31 days
  29. Costa Rica – up to 90 days
  30. Croatia – up to 90 days
  31. Curacao – up to 3 months
  32. Cyprus – up to 90 days
  33. Czech Republic – up to 90 days
  34. Denmark – up to 90 days
  35. Dominica – up to 6 months
  36. Dominican Republic – up to 6 months
  37. Ecuador – up to 90 days
  38. El Salvador – up to 3 months
  39. Estonia – up to 90 days
  40. Eswatini (Swaziland) – up to 30 days
  41. Falkland Islands – up to 4 weeks and you will receive a Visitors Permit on arrival.
  42. Faroe Islands – up to 90 days
  43. Fiji – up to 4 months
  44. Finland – up to 90 days
  45. France – up to 90 days
  46. French Guiana – up to 90 days
  47. French Polynesia – up to 90 days
  48. French West Indies – up to 90 days
  49. The Gambia – up to 90 days
  50. Georgia – 360 days
  51. Germany – up to 90 days
  52. Gibraltar
  53. Greece  – up to 90 days
  54. Greenland – up to 90 days
  55. Grenada – up to 3 months
  56. Guam
  57. Guatemala  – up to 90 days
  58. Guyana – up to 3 months
  59. Haiti – up to 3 months
  60. Honduras – up to 3 months
  61. Hong Kong – up to 3 months
  62. Hungary  – up to 90 days
  63. Iceland  – up to 90 days
  64. Indonesia  – up to 30 days
  65. Ireland – up to 90 days
  66. Israel – up to 3 months
  67. Italy  – up to 90 days
  68. Jamaica  – up to 90 days
  69. Japan  – up to 90 days
  70. Kazakhstan  – up to 30 days
  71. Kiribati – up to 30 days
  72. Kosovo  – up to 90 days
  73. Kyrgyzstan  – up to 60 days
  74. Latvia  – up to 90 days
  75. Lesotho
  76. Liechtenstein  – up to 90 days
  77. Lithuania  – up to 90 days
  78. Luxembourg  – up to 90 days
  79. Macao  – up to 30 days
  80. Malaysia  – up to 3 months
  81. Malta  – up to 90 days
  82. Mauritius  – up to 90 days
  83. Mayotte
  84. Mexico  – up to 180 days
  85. Micronesia  – up to 30 days
  86. Moldova  – up to 90 days
  87. Monaco  – up to 90 days
  88. Mongolia  – up to 30 days
  89. Montenegro  – up to 90 days
  90. Montserrat – up to 6 months
  91. Morocco  – up to 3 months
  92. Namibia – up to 3 months
  93. Netherlands  – up to 90 days
  94. New Caledonia
  95. New Zealand  – up to 90 days and you must apply for the NZ Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) before travelling.
  96. Nicaragua  – up to 90 days
  97. Niue  – up to 30 days
  98. Northern Mariana Islands
  99. North Macedonia  – up to 90 days
  100. Norway  – up to 90 days
  101. Palestinian Territory
  102. Panama  – up to 180 days
  103. Peru  – up to 90 days
  104. Philippines  – up to 30 days
  105. Poland  – up to 90 days
  106. Portugal  – up to 90 days
  107. Puerto Rico  – up to 180 days
  108. Qatar  – up to 30 days
  109. Réunion  – up to 90 days
  110. Romania  – up to 90 days
  111. San Marino
  112. Sao Tome and Principe – up to 15 days
  113. Senegal  – up to 90 days
  114. Serbia  – up to 90 days
  115. Singapore  – up to 30 days
  116. Slovakia  – up to 90 days
  117. Slovenia  – up to 90 days
  118. South Africa  – up to 90 days
  119. South Korea – up to 6 months
  120. Spain – up to 90 days
  121. Sri Lanka – up to 30 days and you must apply for the Sri Lanka Electronic Travel   Authority (ETA) before travelling.
  122. St. Kitts and Nevis – up to 6 months
  123. St. Lucia – up to 6 weeks
  124. St. Maarten – up to 3 months
  125. St. Vincent and the Grenadines – up to 6 months
  126. Sweden – up to 90 days
  127. Switzerland – up to 90 days
  128. Taiwan – up to 90 days
  129. Thailand – up to 30 days
  130. Trinidad and Tobago – up to 90 days
  131. Tunisia – up to 4 months
  132. Turks and Caicos Islands – up to 90 days
  133. Ukraine – up to 90 days
  134. United Kingdom – up to 6 months
  135. The United States of America – up to 6 months
  136. Uruguay – up to 3 months
  137. US Virgin Islands – up to 6 months
  138. Uzbekistan – up to 30 days
  139. Vanuatu – up to 30 days
  140. Vatican City

Visa-Free Travelling for Canadians

While Canadians do not need visas to some countries, they do have to show their passports while travelling abroad. Besides passports, there are other documents and some things you might need to prepare to be ready for your journey. There are some examples:

  • Insurance that covers international travel
  • proof of accommodation
  • evidence that you have enough funds to cover a visit
  • an Electronic Travel Authorization to submit (some countries, like NZ and Australia might ask you about it)
  • an ETIAS (starting from 2021, you will need it to travel to EU countries).
List of visa-free countries for Canadians

ETIAS Visa Waiver for Canadians

Canadian citizens are able to travel to the Schengen Area visa-free for stays under 90 days

The Schengen passport-free zone is made up of 22 European Union countries like Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, as well as 4 non-European Union countries; Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.

Canada is one of the ETIAS countries whose citizens will require an electronic travel authorization to travel to the Schengen Area for short stays by the end of 2022. Canadians who plan on travelling to Europe for business, vacation, transit or medical treatment will need to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver starting in late 2022.

45 Countries With Visa on Arrival for Canadians

Some countries require Canadian people to apply for a visa after arrival. It can be at the airport, land border or seaport. There’s a list of them: 

  1. Armenia* – up to 180 days within 1 year
  2. Bahrain* – up to 14 days
  3. Benin* – up to 8 days
  4. Bangladesh – up to 30 days
  5. Burkina Faso – up to 1 month
  6. Cambodia* – up to 30 days
  7. Cape Verde Islands – up to 30 days
  8. Comores Islands
  9. Egypt* – up to 30 days
  10. Ethiopia* – up to 90 days
  11. Gabon* – up to 90 days
  12. Guinea-Bissau* – up to 90 days
  13. Iraq – up to 15 days, but only if arriving via the Erbil and Sulaymaniyah airports.
  14. Jordan
  15. Kenya* – up to 3 months
  16. Kuwait* – up to 3 months
  17. Laos* – up to 30 days
  18. Lebanon – up to 1 month
  19. Madagascar* – up to 90 days
  20. Malawi*
  21. Maldives – up to 30 days
  22. The Marshall Islands – up to 90 days
  23. Mauritania
  24. Mozambique – up to 30 days.
  25. Nepal – up to 90 days
  26. Palau Islands – up to 30 days
  27. Papua New Guinea – up to 60 days
  28. Paraguay – up to 90 days but only arriving at Silvio Pettirossi International Airport in Asunción.
  29. Rwanda – up to 30 days
  30. Samoa – up to 60 days
  31. Saudi Arabia* – up to 90 days.
  32. Seychelles – up to 3 months
  33. Sierra Leone
  34. The Solomon Islands – up to 3 months
  35. Somalia – up to 30 days, however, can be obtained at the Berbera, Borama, Burao, Erigavo, Hargeisa, Bosaso, Galcaio and Mogadishu airports.
  36. St. Helena – up to 90 days.
  37. Tanzania* – up to 3 months
  38. Timor-Leste – up to 30 days
  39. Togo – up to 7 days
  40. Tonga – up to 31 days
  41. Tuvalu – up to 1 month
  42. Uganda*
  43. The United Arab Emirates – up to 30 days
  44. Zambia* – up to 90 days
  45. Zimbabwe* – up to 90 days

How Can Canadians Citizens Acquire a Visa on Arrival?

As always, the process of applying for a visa requires some documents. Obviously, you’ll need to research the individual requirements of the country you are going to visit. However, here are some standard documents you might need while applying for the Visa On Arrival:

  • Valid passport, lasting at least another 6 months and with at least 1 blank visa page;
  • Travel health insurance;
  • Proof you will depart the country after your visa expires (return travel ticket);
  • Proof you have accommodation in your destination, e.g. hotel reservation or letter of invitation from a host;
  • Invitation Letter from a host/institution where you’re going  (if relevant);
  • Proof you have enough financial means to cover your stay, e.g. bank statements;
  • Pre-authorization (if required).

Sometimes, you won’t show most of these documents, you may only need a passport and a ticket. This is why it is important to check everything before your journey to be sure that you have the right documents for the country you choose to travel to.

How Visa On Arrival works

Visa On Arrival lets you apply after arriving at your destination, either at the airport, land border or seaport. The application process involves showing documents, paying the fee and making sure you are ready to get your visa!

It means that you don’t have to visit an Embassy or wait a long time before your departure. However, sometimes you might start the application online or get the pre-authorization earlier.

In terms of how long it takes to get your VOA, it depends on your destination and requirements – it can vary from a few minutes to several hours.

35 Countries Canadians can visit with an eVisa

An electronic travel authorization or eVisa permits Canadian travelers to visit for short stays in some countries for purposes of tourism, business, and transit. Depending on your destination country, it may be necessary to obtain the relevant embassy visa in order to visit the territory for other purposes or longer consecutive periods.

Here are 35 countries to which Canadian citizens can travel with eVisa:

  1. Angola – up to 30 days
  2. Armenia – up to 180 days within a year
  3. Azerbaijan – up to 30 days
  4. Bahrain – up to 14 days
  5. Benin – up to 30 days
  6. Cambodia – up to 30 days
  7. Bahrain – up to 14 days
  8. Benin – up to 30 days
  9. Côte d’Ivoire – up to 3 months
  10. Djibouti – up to 31 days
  11. Egypt – up to 30 days
  12. Ethiopia – up to 90 days
  13. Gabon – up to 90 days
  14. Guinea – up to 5 years
  15. Guinea-Bissau – up to 90 days
  16. Kenya – up to 3 months
  17. Kuwait – up to 3 months
  18. Laos – up to 30 days
  19. Madagascar – up to 90 days
  20. Malawi
  21. Myanmar – up to 28 days
  22. Oman – up to 30 days
  23. Papua New Guinea – up to 60 days
  24. Rwanda – up to 30 days
  25. Saudi Arabia – up to 90 days
  26. Sri Lanka – up to 30 days
  27. Suriname – up to 90 days
  28. Tajikistan – up to 45 days
  29. Tanzania – up to 3 months
  30. Turkey – up to 3 months
  31. Uganda
  32. Vietnam – up to 30 days
  33. Zambia – up to 90 days
  34. Zimbabwe – up to 90 days
  35. South Sudan  – up to 6 months

You have to apply for an eVisa online before departing for your trip. Usually, you can do it through government websites.

To find an eVisa application link, check the website of the Embassy or Ministry of Foreign Affairs/ Tourism of the country where you plan to travel to.

45 Countries Canadians Need a Visa to Visit

Citizens of Canada can travel visa-free to many countries around the world. Although, not all! It is necessary to meet the visa requirements for Canadian passport holders in order to visit some countries.

If you have a Canadian passport you will need a visa to:

  1. Armenia* – up to 180 days within 1 year
  2. Bahrain* – up to 14 days
  3. Benin* – up to 8 days
  4. Bangladesh – up to 30 days
  5. Burkina Faso – up to 1 month
  6. Cambodia* – up to 30 days
  7. Cape Verde Islands – up to 30 days
  8. Comores Islands
  9. Egypt* – up to 30 days
  10. Ethiopia* – up to 90 days
  11. Gabon* – up to 90 days
  12. Guinea-Bissau* – up to 90 days
  13. Iraq – up to 15 days, but only if arriving via the Erbil and Sulaymaniyah airports.
  14. Jordan
  15. Kenya* – up to 3 months
  16. Kuwait* – up to 3 months
  17. Laos* – up to 30 days
  18. Lebanon – up to 1 month
  19. Madagascar* – up to 90 days
  20. Malawi*
  21. Maldives – up to 30 days
  22. The Marshall Islands – up to 90 days
  23. Mauritania
  24. Mozambique – up to 30 days.
  25. Nepal – up to 90 days
  26. Palau Islands – up to 30 days
  27. Papua New Guinea – up to 60 days
  28. Paraguay – up to 90 days. Only at Silvio Pettirossi International Airport in Asunción.
  29. Rwanda – up to 30 days
  30. Samoa – up to 60 days
  31. Saudi Arabia* – up to 90 days.
  32. Seychelles – up to 3 months
  33. Sierra Leone
  34. The Solomon Islands – up to 3 months
  35. Somalia – up to 30 days. Can be obtained at the Berbera, Borama, Burao, Erigavo, Hargeisa, Bosaso, Galcaio and Mogadishu airports.
  36. St. Helena – up to 90 days.
  37. Tanzania* – up to 3 months
  38. Timor-Leste – up to 30 days
  39. Togo – up to 7 days
  40. Tonga – up to 31 days
  41. Tuvalu – up to 1 month
  42. Uganda*
  43. The United Arab Emirates – up to 30 days
  44. Zambia* – up to 90 days
  45. Zimbabwe* – up to 90 days
Embassy Visa Required for Canadians

Embassy Visa required for Canadians

Although visa-free travel is possible for Canadians in most cases,, sometimes they need an embassy visa, which is a type of travel authorization that must be obtained in advance from an embassy or consulate of the destination country before departure.

To apply for an embassy visa, Canadian citizens have to make a visa appointment at the nearest embassy or consulate of the country they plan to go to. Applicants are usually required to complete and bring an embassy visa application along to the consular appointment, alongside a range of supporting documents that vary depending on the type of embassy visa the traveler requires.

A travel authorization from an embassy may be granted for a variety of periods of permitted stay and for a number of purposes, such as a tourist visa, a work visa, a study visa, a business visa, or another visa type. Depending on the country, an embassy visa may be granted for either a single entry or multiple entries.

How to apply for Canadian visa?

When applying for a Visa, Canadians can be asked about:

  • Travel insurance, valid for your entire trip.
  • Return Flight Tickets or other proof you intend to depart at the end of your trip.
  • Information on marital status, employment, addresses, family members, education, criminal records, etc.
  • Proof of financial statements that you have enough sufficient funds.
  • Medical Records, for example vaccinations.
  • Passport-size visa photos
  • Reason for traveling 
  • Proof of accommodation – where you are going to stay, tours you are going on and other information regarding the trip
  • Visa fee

If you need to speed up the process of your visa application, you can use the Passport Photo Online site or Android / iOS mobile app where you will get help with preparing a visa photo for your visa application. All you have to do is take a photo with your phone and upload it to our service. Then with our tools, we will measure your photograph to the size which meets requirements and at the end, you receive your ready photo via email.