Canada lifts Romania and Bulgaria visa requirements
Citizens of Romania and Bulgaria no longer need a visa to travel to Canada for short stays of up to six months for study, tourism, business or to visit family and friends.

The decision to lift the visa requirements is a culmination of high-level engagement between Canada and Romania and Bulgaria on visa issues that began in 2014.


Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration Refugees and Citizenship, said, "Canada values its strong ties with Romania, Bulgaria and the EU, and we are pleased to be able to extend visa-free travel to citizens of all EU member states.


"Making it easier for Romanians and Bulgarians to come to Canada will encourage more travel and trade, which in turn will create new business, trade and investment opportunities for Canadians and Europeans alike."


Similar to other visa-exempt travellers, Romania and Bulgaria nationals will need an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) to fly to or transit through a Canadian airport.


An eTA allows officials to screen travellers for potential inadmissibility before they board their flight to Canada.


For students seeking to enrol on programmes for over six months, a study permit will still be required.


By Jared Tinslay

Editorial Assistant