If you are a Permanent Resident (PR) Cardholder in Canada, it might interest you to know that there are several countries you can visit without having to apply for a visa. A PR card is the most convenient way of proving status to authorities within Canada (e.g., provincial governments, employers, schools).

Permanent residents have other documentation (such as original landing papers) which is also acceptable, so there is no legal requirement for a permanent resident to carry a PR card at all times.

There are three types of Canada PR cards in circulation: 2002, 2009, and 2015 versions. As all PR card’s lifespans cannot exceed five years, the initial 2002 and 2009 versions should be no longer in use. All three versions of the card contain a maple leaf in front of the card, hence earning the nickname “maple leaf card”.

Please note that the Canada PR card is normally valid for five years. However, it may be valid for one year for those whose Canada PR status is being assessed by the IRCC. Please note that a PR card’s expiration date does not indicate that the holder’s status as a permanent resident has expired, or will expire, on that date.

It is the date after which the card must be replaced with a new card. Having said that, here is the list of countries that someone with a Canadian PR card can travel to without having a valid visa.

23 Canada PR Holder Visa Free Countries

1. All Dutch Caribbean Territories

If you are a Canadian PR cardholder, you can travel to all Dutch Caribbean territories without a visa, and interestingly, you can stay within the territories for 3 months (that is 90 days).

The Dutch Caribbean are the territories, colonies, and countries, former and current, of the Dutch Empire and the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Caribbean Sea. They are in the north and south-west of the Lesser Antilles archipelago.

At present, it comprises the constituent countries of Aruba, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten (CAS islands), and the special municipalities of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba (BES islands). The term “Dutch Caribbean” is sometimes also used for the Caribbean Netherlands, an entity consisting of the three special municipalities forming part of the constituent country of the Netherlands since 2010.

2. Anguilla

If you are a Canadian PR cardholder, you can travel to Anguilla without a visa, and you can stay within the country for 3 months (that is 90 days) maximum.

3. Bahamas

If you are a Canadian PR cardholder, you can travel to the Bahamas without a visa, and interestingly, you can stay within the country for 3 months (that is 90 days maximum).

4. Belize

If you are a Canadian PR cardholder, you can travel to Belize without a visa, and you can stay within the country for one month (that is 30 days) maximum.

5. Bermuda

If you are a Canadian PR cardholder, you can travel to Bermuda without a visa, and you can stay within the country for 6 months (that is 180 days) maximum.

6. The British Virgin Islands

If you are a Canadian PR cardholder, you can travel to the British Virgin Islands without a visa, and you can stay within the territories for 6 months (that is 180 days) maximum. Please note that the British Virgin Islands consist of the main islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke, along with more than 50 other smaller islands and cays.

7. Cayman Islands

If you are a Canadian PR cardholder, you can travel to Cayman Island without a visa, and you can stay within the territories for 2 months (that is 60 days) maximum.

Please note that Cayman Islands territory comprises the three islands of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman, which are located to the south of Cuba and northeast of Honduras, between Jamaica and Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. The capital city is George Town on Grand Cayman, which is the most populous of the three islands.

8. Costa Rica

If you are a Canadian PR cardholder, you can travel to Costa Rica without a visa, and you can stay within the country for one month (that is 30 days) maximum. Please note that your PR card must be valid for more than six months.

9. Cuba

If you are a Canadian PR cardholder, you can travel to Cuba without a visa, and you can stay within the country for one month (that is 30 days) maximum. Please note that a PR card and a current and valid passport are required to enjoy this benefit.

10. Dominican Republic

If you are a Canadian PR cardholder, you can travel to the Dominican Republic without a visa, and you can stay within the country for 2 months (that is 60 days) maximum.

11. El Salvador

If you are a Canadian PR cardholder, you can travel to El Salvador without a visa but it is important to state that this privilege does not apply to all nationalities.

12. Georgia

If you are a Canadian PR cardholder, you can travel to Georgia without a visa, and you can stay within the country for 3 months (that is 90 days in 180 days) maximum.

13. Guatemala

If you are a Canadian PR cardholder, you can travel to Guatemala without a visa but this privilege is not applicable to all nationalities.

14. Honduras

If you are a Canadian PR cardholder, you can travel to Honduras without a visa but it is important to state that this privilege is not applicable to all nationalities.

15. Jamaica

If you are a Canadian PR cardholder, you can travel to Jamaica without a visa, and you can stay within the country for 6 months (that is 180 days).

16. Mexico

If you are a Canadian PR cardholder, you can travel to Mexico without a visa, and you can stay within the country for 6 months (that is 180 days) maximum.

17. Nicaragua

If you are a Canadian PR cardholder, you can travel to Nicaragua without a visa, and you can stay within the country for 3 months (that is 90 days within 180 days) maximum. It is important to state that this privilege does not apply to all nationalities.

18. Panama

If you are a Canadian PR cardholder, you can travel to Panama without a visa, and you can stay within the country for one month or 6 months depending on your country of origin.

19. Qatar

If you are a Canadian PR cardholder, you can travel to Qatar without a visa, and you can stay within the territories for one month (that is 30 days).

20. Saint Maarten

If you are a Canadian PR cardholder, you can travel to Saint Maarten without a visa, and you can stay within the country for 3 months (that is 90 days) maximum.

21. South Korea

If you are a Canadian PR cardholder, you can travel to South Korea without a visa, and you can stay within the country for one month (that is 30 days when in transit) maximum. But it is important to state that this privilege does not apply to all nationalities.

22. Taiwan

If you are a Canadian PR cardholder, you can travel to Taiwan without a visa, and you can stay within the country for one month (that is 30 days maximum, but online registration is required). Please note that this privilege does not apply to all nationalities.

23. Turks and Caicos Islands

If you are a Canadian PR cardholder, you can travel to the Turks and Caicos Islands without a visa, and you can stay within the territories for 3 months (that is 90 days) maximum.

Please note that the territory consists of the larger Caicos Islands and smaller Turks Islands, two groups of tropical islands in the Lucayan Archipelago of the Atlantic Ocean and the northern West Indies. They are known primarily for tourism and as an offshore financial center.

In Conclusion,

To enjoy visa-free travels, Canadian permanent residents require a PR card unless the person’s passport in itself is sufficient for exemption. A Canadian PR cardholder may travel visa-free to the above countries if not already exempt.