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Canada tourism can expect a boost from new 10-year multiple-entry visas.

Visitors from Brazil, China, India and Mexico now have greater ease and flexibility travelling to this country.

28 July 2011

International travellers from certain countries have had their path to Canada smoothed with the recent announcement of new 10-year multiple-entry visas by Citizenship & Immigration Canada. This is particularly good news for travellers from Brazil, China, India and Mexico, the four key international markets targeted by the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) from which visas are required.

Prior to July 20, the current maximum validity length of multiple-entry visas was five years. However, with an increasing number of countries providing 10-year passports, Canada has matched that flexibility by extending the validity period for multiple-entry visas up to 10 years, minus one month. Chinese, Indian and Mexican travellers all have 10-year passports—these visas should make it much simpler for them head to Canada, as they are already doing in greater numbers, and just as easy to visit again.

Brazilians currently have five-year passports, but the extended timeframe for multiple-entry visas should result in more Brazilians receiving visas that are fully valid until the expiry date on those passports.

Opening travel doors means increasing international tourism revenue streams flowing into Canada, one of the main planks of CTC’s mandate. This announcement brings Canada closer in line with competing destinations, like the US, which has had 10-year multiple-entry visas for some time.

“These longer multiple-entry visas will enhance Canada’s competitiveness in the global tourism marketplace,” says Michele McKenzie, CTC president and CEO. “In such a competitive environment, it’s vital we offer the flexibility and simplicity that travellers demand and that is readily available elsewhere, so that our great tourism experiences remain the key factor in decision-making to visit our country.”

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Hi Vineet - All questions on passports are best addressed to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/).
Best, Mat

Hi.. Is there any minimum validity of passport required to travel to Canada e.g. 3 months or 6 months

Hi Karan - All questions on visas are best addressed to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/).
best, Mat

i have 10 years multiple entry visa for US..i heard that people who have 10 yrs multiple entry US visa can get Visa on Arrival for Canada....can anybody verify that...thanks

Hi Binoy

Best thing to do is to contact your nearest Canadian consulate or embassy and they can help you in person from there.

best, Mat

As this it is announced 10 years multiple visa I wish to visit Canada and in future too so intrested to have 10 years multiple visa. I would be thankful to you if you provide me how to apply the same. . Binoy jani

Good initiative!
We have to be competitive and definitelly the USA is a destination that competes with Canada.
I think we should help this good intitiative of a 10 years visa with a Visa that is given to last 10 years regardless of the passport validity, as it is done in the USA.
If this visa is only valid for the lenght of the passport, it will not be as efective as the USA one.
Another point to look at is the cost of the visa, since we know that a tourist expend a lot of money per day, why to charge more than USA Visa?

Other countries should be added to the list since they are potential markets that we can not even evaluate at this moment for future business to Canada.

Hector Teigeiro