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Traveling to Canada

Travel Documentation Requirements

You MUST have a valid passport to travel to Canada. 

*To facilitate border procedures during entry into Canada, each participant should have a copy of this letter and be in possession of an itemized list of articles stating description,
quantity and value for presentation to Candian Border Security Agency (CBSA) officials.

Apply for a Passport

The United States Postal Service® operates thousands of Post Offices™ around the country that can accept passport applications on behalf of the United States Department of State. Post Office locations that accept passport applications offer the products and services you need for a first-time passport or renewal passport application. At some locations, you can have your passport photo taken on-site for an additional fee. Click here for more information.

Do You Need a Visa?

United States citizens do not need a visa or an eTA to visit or transit Canada. American citizens, including American-Canadian citizens, must carry proper identification and meet the basic requirements to enter Canada. You do not need a Canadian passport, a Canadian visa or an eTA to enter Canada if you are traveling with a valid US passport.

Currency Exchange

Money in Canada is in dollars and cents, as in the United States. Due to current monetary exchange rates, there may be a difference in value between the Canadian dollar and the American dollar. Although U.S. money is usually accepted in Canada, we suggest that you exchange it for Canadian Dollars at any Canadian financial institution, where you will receive the prevailing exchange rate. Most US credit cards are honored in Canada. Any charge to a credit card will reflect the applicable exchange rate.

A branch of the International Currency Exchange (ICE) is the global leader in foreign currency exchange transactions. 

Airport Currency Exchange:
International Currency Exchange (ICE) is located at the Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport on the ground floor of the international arrivals area on the 2nd floor just outside the screening checkpoint. Business hours are established according to flight times. 

Hilton Quebec Currency Exchange:
Additionally, the Hilton Quebec offers currency exchange at the front desk up to $200 US per transaction. Current exchange rates will be applied at the time of the transaction.


Like the national sales tax or the value-added tax paid by consumers in other countries, Canada’s 5% goods and services tax (GST) is a national value-added tax charged by registered businesses on most property and services supplied in Canada, and imposed on most importations of property and services into Canada. Additionally, the Province of Quebec charges a 9.975% tax (QST). 


Tips or service charges are not usually added to the bill in Canada. In general, a tip of 15-20% of the total amount should be given. It's up to you how much you give bellhops, doormen, porters and other staff at hotels, airports and railway stations, but generally $1 and up per item is standard. Tipping your server both at the bar and at the table is common practice in Canadian bars and nightclubs.

Cell Phone Usage

Mobile phone coverage in Canada will vary depending on the type of cell phone you use, your local mobile service provider and plan, and the system upon which your phone operates. Many companies in the US and abroad have partnerships and programs available to provide roaming coverage in Canada.  

Contact your mobile service provider to learn about its international roaming coverage services and to determine if your phone is compatible with Canadian networks and frequencies.

Air Travel

If you have a connection in Toronto from the United States, we recommend a 3-hour layover due to various security measures between flights.

Ground Transportation

Directions from Jean Lesage International Airport: Take a right out of the airport. Follow the Boulevard Charest East and turn right onto St Sacrement to reach Rene Levesque Boulevard, then turn left. Follow the road to Hilton Quebec hotel.

Distance from Hotel: 9 miles
Drive Time: approximately 23 minutes

Taxi: The average taxi rate from the Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport to the Hilton Quebec is $34.25 CAD. Follow airport directional signs to the taxi stand. Taxis will be readily available for use.

Taxi Coop Québec

Taxi Coop Sainte-Foy–Sillery

Taxi Laurier