Canada being urged to lift Tourist Visa requirements for Czech Republic and other countries

Canada considering lifting Tourist Visa requirements

Canada may lift tourist visa requirements for those visiting from the Czech Republic within the coming months according to the Czech Deputy Interior Minister, Lenka Ptackova Melicharova. After meeting with other European Union Interior Ministers last week, Melicharova made the announcement.

After almost three years of not requiring visas for visitors from the Czech Republic, Canada made it a requirement because of an increased amount of Refugee claimants, and they also added Mexico to the list for the same reason.

The tourist visa (or temporary resident visa) requirements will be discussed further at the European Union-Canada summit taking place on May 5th.

At the summit, the European Union is also expected to request that Canada remove the visa requirements that are currently in place for Bulgaria and Romania along with the requirement in place for the Czech Republic.

In 2008, Citizenship and Immigration Canada removed the visa requirements in place for Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Lithuania. The European Union is believed to expect more of a fair balance between the visa requirements of each area, as Canadians do not need visas to travel to any of the countries within the European Union.

According to Melicharova, the Czech Republic can block the ratification of the trade agreement that is being negotiated between Canada and the European Union if the visa requirement is not lifted.

We applaud this move by the EU. Canada’s refugee problems are an internal issue and well meaning applicants from other nations should not be unduly penalized for our broken system. The Conservative government recently came to its senses for Mexican business visitors as we have reported here. Let’s hope similar developments are duplicated in Europe.

Have a question about Tourist Visa requirements? Contact Niren and Associates Immigration Law Firm today.

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Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

  • Thomas Maler


    Do you have any idea if/when this draconian visitors visa may be removed for Czechs who want to visit Canada? I have 4 friends who want to come for a visit in October and they are all incensed about this draconian rule. It’s not only expensive, but also extremely onerous just to fill out the application and it has gotten worse lately. In fact, my friends are wondering if the hassle is worth it and may scrap their plans to visit Canada.

    I just learned that Slovaks do not require visa, the mind boggles. This was instituted as a knee jerk reaction to the gypsies asking for asylum few years back and it’s extremely unfair to ordinary would be visitors from the Czech Republic to Canada.

    thanks for any info

    • Michael Niren

      Hello Thomas

      Thank you for your question. No don’t know when the Czechs TRV requirement will be lifted. I agree with it is unfair. But the way the Canadian government is going these days, it seems Canada will impose visitor visa requirements on more and more countries rather than less. I am hoping that once it becomes clear that Canada needs immigrants because of its aging demographics, there will be a loosening of the restrictions.

      Best Regards

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