Visa Requirements for Mexican Travellers
May Hinder Canada’s Business Events Sector Recovery and Growth

The reintroduction of visitor visas for Mexican travellers to Canada could have a damaging effect on Canada’s business events sector, which is recovering at a slower pace than leisure travel, according to Minto Schneider, chair, Meetings Mean Business Canada.

On February 29, Canada announced that people arriving by air on a Mexican passport, but who do not hold a valid U.S. non-immigrant visa or have not held a Canadian visa in the past 10 years, will now be required to apply for a Canadian visitor visa.

Canada had lifted the visa requirement in 2016 for Mexican travellers. In a 2021 survey by Destination Canada, 23% of Mexican travellers said that visa requirements would be a key barrier for visiting Canada.

The reinstated visa requirement is likely to create delays and present an undue burden on international event delegates, including business leaders, investors and renowned academics. This, in turn, would further hamper the recovery and regrowth of the business events sector. 

“We’re eager to work closely with Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and the federal government to ensure these new travel requirements do not impede business visits, or harm Canada’s reputation and competitive position as a host for international business events,” Schneider said.