What You Need to Know Before Travelling from the US to Canada



Planning an international trip from the United States to Canada? Before you go, make sure you understand what paperwork and procedures you’ll need to cross the border. Learn about the requirements for entry, visas, travel documents, and more so that your trip is stress-free!








Requirements for a Visa (if applicable)





Depending on your citizenship, you may need to apply for a visa to enter Canada. US citizens generally do not need a visa as long as they have a valid passport and/or acceptable travel document with them at the border when entering Canada. However, if you’re coming from some other countries, you will likely need to apply for a visa before travelling. Make sure to check the requirements of the country you are travelling from and plan accordingly.






Updated passport and ID requirements





Make sure that you check the requirements for entering Canada, as they may have changed. Effective July 31, 2020, US citizens travelling to Canada by air are required to present a valid passport and valid (not expired) visa or eTA (electronic Travel Authorization). As of 2021, US citizens are also required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before arrival at the Canadian border. Depending on your destination in Canada, some provinces may require additional documentation including proof of citizenship.







Secure any necessary permits




If you plan to drive a car in Canada, make sure that your driver’s license is valid. Some provinces require a special permit even if you are driving on an American license. Make sure that you research the auto insurance requirements for the province or territory you plan to visit and secure any necessary permits ahead of time. Additionally, if your stay in Canada will exceed six months, you may be required to obtain a Canadian driver’s license.







Currency conversion rates





Exchange rates can vary greatly and are likely to affect the way you access currency while travelling outside of the US. When travelling in Canada, be aware of your currency conversion rate and monitor publication sources such as newspapers or financial websites to avoid any unexpected exchange rate surprises. Along with a credit card, ensure to bring enough cash for your visit to cover expenses like meals and lodging without relying on costly local currency exchanges.






Cost of accomodation and transportation




Before heading off to Canada, research the cost of accommodations and local transportation options. This helps in planning your trip and gives you an idea of the estimated expenses you will incur during the visit. Hotels, Airbnbs, rental cars, public transit – there is a range of first-rate services available in any Canadian city, along with various all-inclusive trip packages that offer great deals! Be sure to check out what’s available before deciding on the mode of travel and method of accommodation that best fits within your budget.