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Transit Visa (TV)


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A Canadian Transit Visa is a temporary entry document that allows travelers from visa-required countries to pass through a Canadian airport while en route to another country.

A transit visa is required if you are from a visa-required country (➨Appendix 10) if:

  • Your international flight has a stop at a Canadian airport en route to another country
  • You are connecting between two international flights at a Canadian airport
  • Your transit through Canada is within 48 hours, and
  • You don’t have a valid Canadian visitor visa.

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1- Visa Required Countries

Most visitors to Canada either require a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), but not both. Some people might only require their valid passport. To find out if you need visa, see (➨Appendix 10).

To find out whether you require a transit visa if you are passing through a Canadian airport, you may use the Visiting Canada Tool by IRCC (➨

2- Purpose of Visit

To obtain a transit visa, you must have proof of transiting through Canada between two international flights within less than 48 hours, or being a passenger on an international flight that stops at a Canadian airport on its way to another country.

You are not allowed to apply for a transit visa if you’re from a visa-required country and your transit through Canada will be longer than 48 hours or if you plan to visit Canada (even if you’re travelling by air and it’s for less than 48 hours).

3- Valid Visa to destination Country

In order to transit through Canada, you must have a valid visa to enter your destination country.

4- Land or sea crossing

If you’re from a visa-required country and you’re crossing the border by bus, car, train, boat or cruise ship you can’t apply for a transit visa and you will need to apply for a visitor visa (➨Page).

5- Exemptions

US transit exemption: Biometrics are not required for valid US non-immigrant visas and TRVs to transit to Canada for less than 48 hours directly to or from the US.

Transit Without Visa Program: Citizens of Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan and Philippines may be allowed to transit through Canada on their way to and from the US without a Canadian transit visa if they meet certain requirements.

China Transit Program: In some cases, Chinese nationals flying between China and the United States (US) are able to transit through Canada without a Canadian visa.

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Step 1: Apply for TRV

You must apply for a visa from outside Canada. You must apply online with the IRCC portal (➨ You may apply on paper if you can’t apply online because of a disability, or if you’re travelling with an identity or travel document that was issued to a refugee, a stateless person or a non-citizen.

You can only apply for a visitor visa from inside Canada if you are already in Canada with a valid study or work permit, you have an existing visitor visa that’s expired, or is about to expire, or that was valid for only 1 entry, and you want to leave and return to Canada in the near future.

Step 2: Get your fingerprint and photo taken (Biometrics)

In most cases biometrics are required for transit visas, but are fee exempt. Unless you have a valid US non-immigrant visa or you are applying to transit to Canada directly to or from the US, you and any members of your family between 14 and 79 years old need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics). You only need to give your biometrics once every 10 years. If you gave biometrics in the past as part of an application for a visitor visa, work or study permit and they’re still valid, you don’t need to give them again.

You will be contacted to give your biometrics and you will have 30 days from the date on the letter to do it.

In order to give biometrics you need to go to an official biometrics collection service point. You must give your biometrics in person.

Before you go, check the location’s website for its services and fees at (➨
Temporary Residence Visa
Submit the application online or by
Official Program Guide:
IRCC Application Fees:
Applicant: $100
Spouse: $100
Each child – Visitor: $100
Biometrics: $85
Processing Time:
Document Checklist:
In Canada:
1-888-242-2100 (in Canada)
1-613-944-4000 (outside Canada)
Web Form:
Visa Office:

Step 3: Issuance of Transit Visa

If your application is approved, the visa will be stamped inside your passport. Please note that with a transit visa you cannot visit Canada (going outside the airport) even if you are travelling by air and it’s for less than 48 hours.

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