Temporary residents travelling outside Canada: What you need to re-enter to Canada
Travelling outside Canada
A visitor record says that you have visitor status in Canada and how long you can stay.
It doesn’t guarantee that you can leave and then re-enter Canada.
If you plan to travel outside Canada or the United States, you must meet our entry requirements to return to Canada.
You need a valid visitor visa every time you want to enter Canada, unless you’re returning directly from a visit to the United States or Saint-Pierre and Miquelon.
If you’re not sure if you’re a visa-required traveller, find out if you need a visa.
Students and workers
You can apply for a new visitor visa from inside Canada if you meet all the conditions below:
- you’re already in Canada
- you already hold a valid study or work permit
- you want to leave and return to Canada
- your existing visitor visa is expired or was valid for only one entry
The documents you need to re-enter Canada depend on how you’ll travel to Canada.
Flying to a Canadian airport
If you already have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), your eTA is valid
- for 5 years or
- until the passport linked to your eTA expires
Make sure you travel with the passport that’s linked to your eTA.
Arriving in Canada by bus, train or boat (including a cruise ship)
You just need to have a valid passport or travel document.
You normally need a valid passport or travel document.
NEXUS members can use their membership card when they fly to a Canadian airport or arrive by car, train, bus or boat.
FAST members can use their membership card when travelling by car, train, bus or boat only.
For more information, visit the Canada Border Services Agency website.
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