Travel to Canada from the USA, what should you know?

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Travel to Canada from the USA is a big opportunity to take. Canada is a country as large as the USA. This country offers enormous tourist potential to visitors. With an area of ​​9,984,670 km2 and an estimated population of 35,540,400 inhabitants, Canada offers you immense spaces devoid of any human presence.

Its climate varies by region and characterized by cold winters and cool or temperate and humid summers. The vegetation is of several types of forest, which offer, if the climate allows, famous trekking and adventures “into the wild.”

During your adventures in one of the many Canadian natural parks, you can come across lots of animals such as beavers, bears, many types of fish, etc.

Moreover, it is easier to travel to Canada from the USA by going through the northeast of the United States.

Enjoying a stay in the United States is sometimes synonymous with a trip to the Canadian cousins. To travel to Canada from the USA; there are certain rules to respect, because you change the country and, therefore, you have to submit to Canadian customs rules.

To be in good standing and have no surprises, here are all the possible cases to travel to Canada from the USA.

All US citizens can enter Canada without obtaining a visa. However, US citizens must hold a valid personal ID such as a valid US passport. As for permanent residents of the United States of America, they need to obtain an electronic travel authorization (eTA) in order to enter Canada.

– Restrictions due to Covid-19

People who want to travel to Canada for an unimportant reason, such as shopping or a simple visit, cannot do it.

People with exception must undergo 14 days of isolation, to make sure they are not contaminated.

Except for foreign workers, family members of Canadians, and certain international students can enter Canada. However, those people traveling to Canada and are exempt; they need to have an essential reason for their visit; trade, work, study, or family reunification.

Travel to Canada from the USA has been restricted, to restrain the propagation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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1. Travel to Canada from the USA, by car

If you have decided to take a road trip and visit Canada by car from the United States, you do not need an eTA (Electronic travel authorization) if you are French with a valid passport.

2. Travel to Canada from the USA; by plane

If you are traveling to Canada by air, you must absolutely obtain an electronic travel authorization (eTA).

This travel authorization is valid for 5 years, but note that it does not allow you to stay continuously in Canada for 5 years. You can stay as a tourist twice 6 months a year, and this is at the discretion of the customs officer.

3. Hotels, restaurants, transportation in Canada

The country has several types of hotel infrastructure. You don’t sleep under the stars, and you eat your fill in Canada, it all depends on your expectations. A certain budget is necessary.

A little everywhere in the country, one easily finds hotels, youth hostels, apartments for rent at various prices.

As for the restaurants, they offer everything.

In the big cities of Canada, you can move by taxi, bus, metro, or car rental, not to mention camper vans, etc. To go from one city to another, there is no shortage of transportation (plane, rental car, coach and train) and offer you different types of fares for various destinations and different times.

4. The sites to discover in Canada

There is no shortage of sites and regions to discover in a country as large as Canada. Here is a non-exhaustive list of the places we recommend:

The Niagara Falls;

Banff National Park;

Vancouver Island and the city of the same name;

Nature getaways at Lake Louise or in the province of Yukon;

The huge city of Toronto (3rd largest city in North America);

The two large cities of Quebec, Quebec City, and Montreal.

So many regions, cities, and natural sites that are worthwhile, if you plan to travel to Canada from the USA.

Originally published on Live Positively.