Canadian Visa Requirements for Lithuania and Poland

On July 19, 2010, Citizenship and Immigration Canada released Operational Bulletin 221 – Passport Requirements for Citizens of Lithuania and Poland. The bulletin addresses the acceptability of non e-passports issued by the Governments of Lithuania and Poland.

On January 1, 2009, Canada introduced a regulatory amendment for nationals of Lithuania and Poland as a requirement to benefit from a visa exemption for individuals traveling to Canada on an e-passport.  People traveling on an e-passport would not require a visa, while those who did not would.

Electronic Passport

Canada also indicated that effective January 1, 2011, it would restrict all travel to Canada so that only Lithuanians and Poles who possessed e-passports would be admissible.

Operational Bulletin 221 seems to cancel the January 1, 2011, proposed restriction. Nationals that hold e-passports will continue to enjoy visa-free access to Canada, however, those that don’t hold electronic passports will be able to apply for a temporary resident visa.