Canada Transit Visa

Application Fee:



Processing Time:


6 - 12 Months

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Canada Transit visa is non-immigrant visas for those who are travelling to another country, but their flight will stop in Canada for some time, and that period is less than 48 hours. A transit visa is also applicable to residents returning to Canada.

The Transit Through Canada visa is required from people travelling from non-visa-exempted countries, and their flight is via Canada. 

A Transit visa has no cost, and just like Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), a transit visa also has the same application process. 

If you land in Canada without a transit visa, you will not be permitted to continue your travel, and you may miss your connecting flight and be forced to pay no-show fees. 

You can easily apply online or through the mail for a transit visa. This must be done days before you plan to travel as it can take time to process.  

Moreover, applying for a transit visa after arriving in Canada is not possible. 

Who Is It For

The Canada transit visa is for:

  • People who are from a visa-required country
  • You have an international flight that stops at a Canadian airport
  • Your visitor visa isn’t valid
  • You have a connecting flight that stops at a Canadian airport

Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

How to Qualify

  • You are eligible for a transit visa if your international flight stops at a Canadian airport on its way to another country
  • you’ll be connecting between 2 international flights at a Canadian airport
  • you’ll transit through Canada in 48 hours or less, and
  • you don’t have a valid visitor visa

Check if you are eligible for a transit visa here.

Source : Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada


The process is easy but the application processing time may vary from country to country. Mainly, you will be required to give your biometrics.

After you send the visa office your application, it will be reviewed to make sure it’s complete and has all the documents needed.

Incomplete applications are not processed and are returned.

If your application is complete, the visa office may ask you to:

The visa office processes most transit visa applications in a few weeks or less. Processing times depend on the visa office and if you need to complete any additional steps.

Source :Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada ,

Documents Needed

Entry requirements to Canada vary for each country.

Canadian citizens

Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, need a valid Canadian passport. American-Canadians can travel with a valid Canadian or U.S. passport.

Canadian permanent residents

Canadian permanent residents need a valid permanent resident card or permanent resident travel document.

U.S. citizens

U.S. citizens must carry proper identification such as a valid U.S. passport.

Lawful permanent residents of the U.S.

Lawful permanent residents of the U.S. need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through a Canadian airport. They must present a valid Green Card and a valid passport at check-in.

Visa-exempt travellers

The following travellers need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to board their flight to Canada. However, these travellers do not need an eTA if entering by land or sea – for instance driving from the U.S. or coming by bus, train, or boat, including cruise ship.

Mostly all those documents are required that you generally need for travelling which includes:

  • Passport 
  • National identity card 
  • Tickets 
  • Visa 

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Government Fees

There is no cost as such for the transit visa. 

Source:Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

More Information

If you arrive in Canada without a transit visa and have to travel further via connecting flight you will be held back and forced to pay a no-show fee. 

If you are still unsure what documents you require follow this link.

Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada