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Can You Travel to Canada with a Valid US B1/B2 Visa?


(Last Updated On: May 24, 2018)

After all the rigorous checks and tedious processes that you completed to obtain a US B1/B2 visa, it isn’t too far-fetched to want to make the most of the visa to visit America’s neighbors too. Canada is a beautiful and warm country, despite all that snow! So, when you are so close to Canada, it would be a shame to come back home without having visiting the country. The only problem is that not everyone with a valid B1/B2 US visa is allowed within Canadian territory.

Who Can Enter Canada Without a Visa?

  • US citizens and dual nationals of US and Canada are allowed to enter with just their valid US passports.
  • Permanent citizens living in America lawfully need an ETA or Electronic Travel Authorization. They must also present their Green Card and a valid passport.
  • More than 60 nations and territories are exempted from having to obtain a visa to enter Canada but they do need an ETA to board a flight to the country. However, an ETA is not required if you are entering via road, sea, boat, ship or train.
  • All the other foreign nationals who arrive from the US on a flight, even if it a layover, will need proper documents to be able to leave the airport.

The US B1/B2 Rule

A B1/B2 visa gives you options to travel to other nations from the US and return to the US before the validity of the visa expires. However, the visa also emphasizes that it is valid only for the US. So, while you can travel to Canada for up to 30 days and re-enter America with a valid B1/B2 visa, you will need to check whether you need a separate visa for Canada. If you do not belong to the countries on the list of visa-free countries for Canada, it is advisable to plan your travel while you are still in your home country. This is because it will be much easier to complete the visa process from home, rather than have to carry all the required documentation to the US and then seek a visa from the Canadian consulate or embassy.

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