Visiting Canada: Find out if you need a medical exam

Last updated: 28 August 2020

Depending on your country of citizenship, the length of your stay in Canada, and/or your intended occupation in Canada, you may need to undergo a medical examination prior to your departure to Canada.

If you plan to visit for six months or less:
You generally do not require a medical exam, unless you plan to work in certain occupations (see below).

If you plan to visit for more than six months:
You will need a medical exam if you:

  • have lived temporarily for six or more consecutive months
    • in one or more of the countries or territories listed as 'YES' below in the one year immediately before the date you want to enter Canada. (This applies even if you are a citizen of a country that does not need a visa to enter Canada.) OR
  • will come to Canada to work in an occupation in which public health must be protected. See below for jobs for which you need a medical exam. OR
  • apply for a Parent And Grandparent Super Visa.

individuals working in certain occupations are required to undergo a medical exam, regardless of the length of time they intend to stay in Canada. This list of occupations includes:

  • workers in the health sciences field,
  • clinical laboratory workers,
  • patient attendants in nursing and geriatric homes,
  • medical students admitted to Canada to attend university,
  • medical electives and physicians on short-term locums,
  • teachers of primary or secondary schools, teachers of small children
  • domestics,
  • workers who give in-home care to children, the elderly and the disabled,
  • day nursery employees, and
  • other similar jobs.

 

Country Checklist: Medical Examination Required

Individuals who have lived temporarily for six or more consecutive months within the past year in one or more of the countries or territories listed as 'YES' below must undergo a medical examination in order to be granted entry to Canada.

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

CountryMedical Required?
AfghanistanYES
AlbaniaNO
AlgeriaYES
American SamoaNO
AndorraNO
AngolaYES
AnguillaNO
Antigua & BarbudaNO
ArgentinaNO
ArmeniaYES
AscensionNO
AustraliaNO
AustriaNO
AzerbaijanYES
AzoresNO
BahamasNO
BahrainNO
BangladeshYES
BarbadosNO
BelarusYES
Belau – Republic ofYES
BelgiumNO
BelizeNO
BeninYES
BermudaNO
BhutanYES
BoliviaYES
Bora BoraNO
Bosnia-HerzegovinaYES
BotswanaYES
BrazilYES
BruneiYES
BulgariaNO
Burkina FasoYES
Burma (Myanmar)YES
BurundiYES
CambodiaYES
CameroonYES
Cape VerdeYES
Central African RepublicYES
ChadYES
Chagos ArchipelagoNO
ChileNO
ChinaYES
ColombiaNO
ComorosYES
Congo, Democratic RepublicYES
Congo, Republic ofYES
Costa RicaNO
CroatiaNO
CubaNO
CyprusNO
Czech RepublicNO
DenmarkNO
DesiradeNO
DjiboutiYES
DominicaNO
Dominican RepublicYES
EcuadorYES
EgyptNO
El SalvadorYES
Equatorial GuineaYES
EritreaYES
EstoniaNO
EthiopiaYES
FijiYES
FinlandNO
FranceNO
French collectivity of Wallis and FutunaNO
French GuianaNO
French PolynesiaNO
GabonYES
GambiaYES
GeorgiaYES
GermanyNO
GhanaYES
GibraltarNO
GreeceNO
GreenlandYES
GrenadaNO
GuadeloupeNO
GuamYES
GuatemalaYES
GuineaYES
GuyanaYES
HaitiYES
HondurasYES
Hong KongYES
HuahineNO
HungaryNO
IcelandNO
IndiaYES
IndonesiaYES
IranNO
IraqYES
IrelandNO
Island – ChristmasNO
Island – EasterNO
Island – Lord HoweNO
Island – NiueNO
Island – NorfolkNO
Island – PitcairnNO
Island – TrukYES
Island – WakeNO
Island – YapYES
Islands – AdmiraltyYES
Islands – AustralNO
Islands – BalearicNO
Islands – British VirginNO
Islands – CanaryNO
Islands – CaymanNO
Islands – CocosNO
Islands – CookNO
Islands – CoozYES
Islands – FalklandNO
Islands – FaroeNO
Islands – GambierNO
Islands – KerguelenNO
Islands – LoyaltyNO
Islands – MarquesasNO
Islands – MarshallYES
Islands – MidwayNO
Islands – New GuineaYES
Islands – SolomonYES
Islands – TokelauNO
Islands – U.S. Trust Terr. of PacificYES
Islands – U.S. VirginNO
IsraelNO
ItalyNO
Ivory CoastYES
JamaicaNO
JapanNO
Johnston AtollNO
JordanNO
KazakhstanYES
KenyaYES
KiribatiYES
Korea, NorthYES
Korea, SouthYES
KosovoYES
KosraeYES
KuwaitNO
KyrgyzstanYES
LaosYES
LatviaYES
LebanonNO
LesothoYES
LiberiaYES
LibyaYES
LiechtensteinNO
LithuaniaYES
LuxembourgNO
MacaoYES
MacedoniaNO
MadagascarYES
MadeiraNO
MaioYES
MakateaNO
MalawiYES
MalaysiaYES
MaldivesYES
MaliYES
MaltaNO
MartiniqueNO
MaupitiNO
MauritaniaYES
MauritiusNO
MexicoNO
MoldovaYES
MonacoNO
MongoliaYES
MontenegroNO
MontserratNO
MooreaYES
MoroccoYES
MozambiqueYES
NamibiaYES
NauruYES
NepalYES
NetherlandsNO
Netherlands AntillesNO
New BritainYES
New CaledoniaNO
New Guinea MainlandYES
New HebridesYES
New IrelandYES
New ZealandNO
NicaraguaYES
NigerYES
NigeriaYES
Northern MarianaYES
Northern SinaiNO
NorwayNO
OmanNO
PakistanYES
PalauYES
PanamaYES
Papua New GuineaYES
ParaguayYES
PeruYES
PhilippinesYES
PolandNO
PonapeYES
PortugalNO
Puerto RicoNO
QatarYES
RaiateaNO
ReunionNO
RomaniaYES
RussiaYES
RwandaYES
SabahYES
Saharawi Arab Democratic Rep.YES
San MarinoNO
Sao Tome e PrincipeYES
SarawakYES
Saudi ArabiaNO
SenegalYES
SerbiaNO
SeychellesNO
Sierra LeoneYES
SingaporeYES
SlovakiaNO
SloveniaNO
Society ArchipelagoNO
Somali RepublicYES
South Africa – Rep. ofYES
SpainNO
Sri LankaYES
St. Kitts & NevisNO
St. LuciaNO
St. MartinNO
St. Pierre et MiquelonNO
St. Vincent and the GrenadinesNO
SudanYES
SurinamNO
SwazilandYES
SwedenNO
SwitzerlandNO
SyriaNO
TahaaNO
TahitiNO
TaiwanYES
TajikistanYES
TanzaniaYES
Terre Australes et AntartiquesNO
ThailandYES
TibetYES
Timor-LesteYES
TogoYES
TongaNO
Trinidad and TobagoNO
Tristan Da CunhaNO
Tuamotu ArchipelagoNO
TunisiaYES
TurkeyNO
TurkmenistanYES
Turks and CaicosNO
TuvaluYES
UgandaYES
UkraineYES
United Arab EmiratesNO
United KingdomNO
United States of AmericaNO
UruguayNO
UzbekistanYES
VanuatuYES
Vatican City StateNO
VenezuelaNO
VietnamYES
Wallis and FutunaYES
West Bank/GazaNO
Western SaharaYES
Western SamoaNO
YemenYES
ZambiaYES
ZimbabweYES