canada visa free philippines 2024 | Eligible Filipinos may now travel to Canada visa-free

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The Canadian Embassy in the Philippines announced Wednesday that some Filipinos can now enter their country by air without a visa. For Philippine citizens to be eligible for visa-free entry, they must have either held a Canadian visa in the last 10 years or currently hold a valid US non-immigrant visa.

canada visa free philippines Effective June 7, 2024, eligible travelers from these countries can benefit from the program and travel to Canada without a visa if they meet the conditions: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Costa Rica, Morocco, Panama, the Philippines, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay.

canada visa free philippines 2024

canada visa free philippines This comes as Philippines is included in the North American country’s Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) programme. Canada’s Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly said that the country is making it easier for people around the world to visit, and including the Philippines is a part of its Indo-Pacific Strategy, according to the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

Eligible categories include Philippine passport holders who have held a Canadian visitor’s visa in the past 10 years or a valid United States non-immigrant visa. These categories of Filipinos need only to apply for an eTA instead of a visa. This can be done through the website, and is used to ‘conduct light-touch and pre-travel screening of air travellers’. It costs 7 Canadian dollars or about 300 pesos, reported PNA. Meanwhile those who already have a valid visa can use it to travel to Canada.

The 13 countries include the following:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Costa Rica
  • Morocco
  • Panama
  • Philippines
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Seychelles
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Uruguay

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canada visa free philippines 2023 Canadian Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, said, “This exciting development means that more individuals from the Philippines can now embark on unforgettable adventures, explore our diverse landscapes, reunite with family and friends, and immerse themselves in our vibrant culture without the hurdle of visa requirements.” “The Philippines considers Canada as a close partner due to its well-established people-to-people ties and looks forward to charting a new era of engagement under this new policy,” the DFA said.

To apply, you need a valid passport from the Philippines, a valid email address and a credit card to pay the CAD 7 fee. You can find the online application form at

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