Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau recently announced that the visa requirement for Mexican citizens will be lifted on December 1, 2016. The announcement was made during a state visit by Mexican President Pena Nieto and follows through on a promise that Trudeau made during his recent election campaign.

How will this visa exemption work?

  • Citizens of Mexico traveling to Canada before December 1, 2016, will be required to obtain a visa to visit Canada
  • After December 1, Mexican passport holders who do not already hold a valid Canadian visa will need to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) prior to flying to Canada

Canada imposed the visa requirement in 2009, in response to a dramatic increase in the number of Mexican citizens making refugee claims in Canada.

This summary was prepared using information obtained from Peregrine Immigration Management.

Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact our Regional Immigration Manager, AMER, Fabiana Reyes: