Preparing your journey
Requirements for entering Canada
If you do not require a VISA to enter the country you will need to apply for the online based travel permit "eTA" (Electronic Travel Authorization). We recommend that you obtain your travel permit at least 72 hours before your flight to Canada. The Canadian authorities can not guarantee that your application will be processed in time for your arrival in the country, if you complete your application later than 72 hours before your flight. The application cost for the "eTA" is 7 CAD per person, which gives you a travel permit to Canada that is valid for 5 years. You will need a valid travel ID or passport, an email address and a credit card (Master Card, Visa, American Express) in order to complete your application. The online application form is currently available in English and French.
In case you do need a travel VISA in order to enter Canada it is advised to apply for this well in advance of your trip in order to ensure your successfully entry into the country.
The Canadian currency is called 'Canadian Dollar' (CAD).
One Canadian dollar equals 100 cents or 56 pence. There are 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollar bank notes, 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 cent coins, and 1 and 2 dollar coins. There used to also be a 1000 dollar bank note, but this has since been discontinued. The 1000 dollar notes that still exist can also still officially be used for making payments. The currency conversion rates between CAD and your own currency are decided by the current global exchange rates and can vary, depending on international financial changes. You can calculate your currency's exchange rate.
Canada's health care system is very professional and offers a large amount of medical facilities and well trained medical specialists. The country has a more than sufficient supply of medicine. If you require medical support at a hospital, you will either get charged at a daily rate or based on the type of illness and the length of your stay at the hospital. Hospital fees are however very high for visitors who are not Canadian residents. You should make sure that your travel health insurance is valid within Canada. Should this not be the case, it is advisable to apply for a travel health insurance that will cover your needs and potential injuries and accidents during your stay in Canada.
Our hint is to pay by card, take the bill with you and hand it to your insurance once you are back at home so that they can handle the payment(s). This can save both you and the hospital staff a lot of time. The option to do so if only possible if your insurance back at home covers such medical bills.
The West Nile Fever Season is due to begin in June. This flu-like virus is transmitted by mosquitos. You should be prepared to take any possible precautions against mosquitos, as getting infected with this virus can cause many issues to those that are affected.
Getting a Meningitis vaccination before entering the country is also strongly recommended as it is one of Canada's standard vaccination procedures that is meant to prevent meninx infections.
Please also make yourself familiar with the health information provided on the website of the Canadian government.
We have compiled a packing checklist so that you can be perfectly prepared for your journey!