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Traveling 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 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 U.S. passport.


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 U.S. credit cards are honored in Canada. Any charge to a credit card will reflect the applicable exchange rate.

Currency exchange
A branch of the International Currency Exchange (ICE) is located at the Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport. A global leader in foreign currency exchange transactions, ICE is one of the largest and most respected currency exchange brands in the world, and has been for the past 35 years.

With more than 300 locations worldwide, it operates in 20 countries, across four continents and in more than 65 airports around the world.

Where to find ICE:
The Currency Exchange's business hours are established according to flight times. Ground floor, international arrivals area 2nd floor, just outside the screening checkpoint


Canada’s Goods & Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST)

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 businesses that are GST/HST registrants on most property and services supplied in Canada, and imposed on most importations of property and services into Canada. The harmonized sales tax (HST) which includes the GST, applies in the participating provinces at the following rates: 13% in Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador, 14% in Prince Edward Island and 15% in Nova Scotia. The GST applies in the rest of Canada at the rate of 5%. If you are uncertain as to whether a supply is made in a participating province, you may refer to GST/HST Technical Information Bulletin B-103, Harmonized Sales Tax – Place of Supply Rules for Determining Whether a Supply is made in a Province on the CRA website at www.cra.gc.ca.

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 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