Do I need a visa?

Canadian visa requirements vary by country of citizenship. Citizens of the United States, most European countries, Australia, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, and Taiwan do not need a visa to enter Canada. To determine whether you need a visa, visit the website of the Government of Canada.

If you need a visa, you should contact the Canadian Embassy or Consulate serving your country or area. To find it, visit the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada website.

When should I apply for a visa?

Processing times vary by country. It is recommended that you contact the embassy or consulate serving your region as early as possible; we suggest no later than 1 December 2017.

What do I need to apply for a visa?

Requirements vary by country, so be sure to follow the application instructions provided by the consulate or embassy serving your region. If the visa process requires a personal interview, take your registration confirmation, hotel confirmation, and letter of invitation to the interview, along with all other requested documents. You are responsible for all fees and expenses associated with obtaining a visa.

What if my visa request is denied?

If your request for a visa is denied, you may cancel your convention reservation and request a refund. Send your request to RI Registration Services at or fax it to +1-847-556-2194. You must submit your cancellation request by 27 June 2018. Please refer to the convention registration form for the full cancellation policy.

Can Rotary help me get a visa?

Rotary International’s involvement in the visa process is limited to providing a registration confirmation and a letter of invitation, and regularly providing the Canadian government with a list of convention registrants. The visa consular has sole discretion in determining who receives a visa.