Advice for Visitors to Canada
Americans Visiting Canada
Travel between Canada and the United States is common and fairly straightforward.
Nevertheless, if you are an American visiting Canada, there are some regulations
you should be aware of, and being informed will make your journey simple
A visa is not required for U.S. citizens
visiting Canada, providing their stay does not
exceed 180 days. However, if you are coming
into Canada for reasons other than a pleasure
trip, such as to work, study, or immigrate,
then you must qualify for the correct entry
status. In such a case, you should contact the
Canadian Embassy or a nearby consulate in
order to obtain the appropriate answers to your
questions, and get the necessary application
forms for a temporary visa.
Americans visiting Canada for a leisure purposes must
hold a valid, up-to-date U.S. passport. NEXUS card and Green Card holders can use their membership documentation as a substitute
for a passport, as it proves both identity
and citizenship. Like a passport, the NEXUS or Green Card is scanned at land border crossings and
airports. The card costs $50.
Note: all American visitors require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) if arriving by plane (an eTA is not necessary if arriving by land or sea).
Each Canadian province has its government-operated health care
plan, and every Canadian citizen holds a Medicare card that gives them
access to the benefits of that plan. If you are an American visiting Canada,
and you require medical attention during your stay, you should be prepared
to pay, in cash, the amount required for medical services, at the time
that the service is performed. Canadian health care providers do not accept
U.S. domestic health insurance.
It is always a good idea to purchase medical
travel insurance, even if your trip is a short one. It is best
to be prepared!
In Canada, possession and use of firearms is more strictly controlled
than in the United States. Since January 2001, visitors bringing firearms
into Canada, or planning to borrow or use firearms while in Canada, must
make a declaration in writing on the appropriate forms (in triplicate), which must be
signed by a border patrol officer at the point of crossing. A temporary firearms license is valid for up to 60 days. If your firearms
are not declared, they may be confiscated and will not be returned to
you. Moreover, you could be arrested and face possible jail time.
It is important to remember that while traveling to another country, you are always subject to that country's laws and regulations.
If you are an American visiting Canada and you would like additional
information on matters concerning your travels north, you can contact the Canadian Embassy in Washington:
Embassy of Canada to the United States
501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
Telephone (general inquiries): 202-682-1740
Canadian consulate offices can also be found in the cities of Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco and Seattle.
Americans Visiting Relatives in Canada
Currently, visitors from the USA do not require an entry visa for stays of six months or less However, American parents or grandparents of Canadian citizens or permanent residents are eligible to benefit from the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa provisions. US citizens who wish to visit Canada for up to two years without the need to renew their authorized stay should consider applying for an extended authorized stay by proving that the requirements for the Super Visa are met. For more information, see the Super Visa.