If you plan to visit the United States, then you most certainly need to apply for a visa. That is, of course, if you are not visa-exempt or your country of origin is in the US Visa Waiver Program. The most commonly issued visa to travelers is the B1/B2 visa, the Visitor Visa. It allows its holder to cross the US border and stay there for up to one year. But what happens when you want to travel to Canada from the United States?
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can I visit Canada with a United States B1/B2 Visa?
As a general rule, a B1/B2 visa holder can visit Canada after departing the US. However, you need to check first if you can enter without a visa or if you need one to enter Canada.
How can I check if I need a visa to visit Canada?
You can do it by using our Visa Checker. Just choose your nationality and Canada as the destination and information will unfold in seconds.
How can I get my Canada Visa if need one?
In case you need a visa to enter Canada from the US, then you need to visit one of its foreign embassies. After all, you must apply for a visa just as you applied for the US B1/B2 visa. Fortunately, you do not need to return to your home country to do it. A Canadian foreign embassy will do just fine. Just make sure that they issue your Canadian visa before your stay in the US expires.
What about if I do not need a visa to visit Canada?
If you are indeed visa-exempt, you need to apply for an electronic travel authorization (ETA).
What is a Canada Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA)?
An ETA is a new entry requirement for visa-exempt nationals who will arrive in Canada by air. As of March 15, 2016, visa-exempt country nationals who fly/transit Canada will need the ETA.
Do I need any documents to apply for a Canada ETA?
No documents are required to submit an ETA application. You will only need to have a valid passport along with an email address and a credit/debit card or PayPal account for the payment.
Can I return to the United States after I visit Canada?
If you have a US B1/B2 Visa, then you can do it as long as your visa remains valid.