Advice for Visitors to Canada
Koreans Visiting Canada
Korean citizens visiting Canada from the Republic of Korea (South Korea)
do not require a visa as long as they meet all of the requirements for
entry and are not planning to stay in the country for more than six months.
Koreans can also enter Canada for business purposes or study purposes, but
will require a work permit to work or a study permit for studying
longer than six months at a Canadian school. All Korean visitors need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) if arriving by plane (an eTA is not necessary if arriving by land or sea).
Visiting Canada for Pleasure
If you are coming to Canada as a tourist, or to visit friends or family,
you do not need to apply for a visa provided your stay will be less
than six months in length. You will need to submit all of the necessary documentation
at the Canadian entry point including a valid passport or similar travel document.
You will also need to meet certain requirements; this includes being in good health, having no
criminal record and having enough money to pay for your stay and return
home. You will have to satisfy Canadian border officials of your intent
to return home after your visit.
Koreans Visiting Canada for Business
Business trips to Canada do not require a visa as long as the person entering
the country plans to stay for less than six months and can provide all
of the appropriate documentation indicating the purpose of their business. Visitors on business must meet all of the standard entry
requirements as well as all of the business requirements. Visitors
who will be seeking to work in Canada on a temporary basis will need to obtain a work permit prior to their arrival.
Note: as of December 31st, 2018, a biometrics profile (photo and fingerprints) is required of Koreans when applying for a temporary work permit in Canada.
Korean Students in Canada
Korean citizens visiting Canada to study for less than six months do not
require a visa to enter the country. For those who plan to pursue a course
of study lasting longer than six months, a study permit is required. Study permits are typically valid for the entire term of the study program, plus an added 90 days.
Before applying for the permit, you must be accepted at an accredited school
in Canada. You must also meet all of the necessary requirements for the permit, including biometrics.
With or without a permit, you must prove that you have enough money to
pay your tuition as well as provide for living expenses and your return
trip home. As with all visitors, you must prove that you plan to return
home after your time in Canada ends.
Obtaining Permits if Required
Although in most cases, Koreans visiting Canada do not require
any special permits, those extending their stay for more than six months
for study or work purposes will require a permit. All of the appropriate application forms can be downloaded and printed from the
Citizenship and Immigration Canada website (be sure to verify the correct fee amount and submit it with your application). Completed application forms can be submitted to the Canadian visa application center (CVAC) in Seoul, South Korea.
Be sure to apply for any permits or visas you require well in advance
to allow processing time. This way you will be sure to have everything
you need when you leave for Canada.
Koreans Visiting Relatives in Canada
Currently, visitors from the Republic of Korea do not require an entry visa for stays of six months or less. However, Korean parents or grandparents of Canadian citizens or permanent residents are eligible to benefit from the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa provisions. Korean citizens who wish to visit Canada for up to two years without having to renew their authorized stay should consider applying for an extended authorized stay by proving that the requirements for the Super Visa are met. For more information, see the Super Visa.