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Getting to Canada

Almost ready to pack your bags for Canada? You’ll probably take a plane to get here, unless you’re coming from the United States. A travel agent in your home country or travel website can help you find the best options for travel to Canada.

Read on to find out what you need to know to plan your trip to Canada.

Your passport

You need to have a valid passport to be admitted into Canada. Make sure it is valid for at least six months after the return date on your ticket. Don’t forget that you will need a study permit as well, and visas for your spouse or children who may be joining you.

Study permits and visas

Return ticket

Canadian officials don’t require you to have a return ticket when you enter Canada, but you may be asked to prove that you can buy one. This means showing your credit card or travellers’ cheques.

Some airlines may require that you buy a return ticket.

Consider buying a flexible ticket that allows you to change your return flight. You’ll pay more when you buy the ticket, but it may be cheaper than buying a new ticket when you plan your trip home.

Travel and health insurance

To cover your travel time and the period before or after you start your study program, we recommend buying travel insurance for any unexpected health issues or trip interruptions.

The health insurance you purchase to study in Canada may only cover the period while you are a student in Canada. Be sure to check your insurance policy to find out what it covers.

Learn more about health care and health insurance in Canada.

Plan your arrival in Canada

The more you plan in advance, the better you will feel during your travels. Keep a record of where you’ll stay when you first arrive in Canada, such as a hotel or your new accommodation. Plan how you will get there once you arrive at the Canadian airport - taxi, ride-share service, public transit or another mode of transport.

Carry some Canadian currency (cash or travellers’ cheques) with you when you travel. It’s a good idea to have some local money to buy a snack or magazine along the way. Credit cards are widely accepted in Canada.

Plan your luggage

Keep important documents safe

Scan, take photos or make photocopies of important documents, including:

Be sure to keep these with you when you travel. Leave another copy of these documents at home with someone you trust.

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