Citizens of the Czech Republic Now Visa Exempt

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) recently announced that citizens of the Czech Republic will no longer require temporary resident visas to come to Canada effective November 14, 2013. CIC had been requiring Czech citizens to obtain visas since July of 2009, citing concerns related to refugee claims. Those concerns have apparently now been addressed.

Citizens of all countries require a temporary resident visa to visit Canada unless citizens of a particular country are granted a visa exemption under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations. Effective November 14, the Regulations have been amended to create an exemption for citizens of the Czech Republic.

While citizens of the Czech Republic no longer need to obtain a temporary resident visa, they continue to be required to meet the admissibility criteria before they will be admitted as visitors, workers or students.