Travel to Quebec Restrictions Lifted
Good news. It’s now easier to travel to Canada. The testing requirements have been lifted if you have been vaccinated and boosted. Consider to visit Quebec in the coming summer months.
You will need the following documentation to make your border crossing easy whether you travel by air or ground as you travel to Quebec with restrictions lifted.
Arrive Can App
The Arrivecan app is the first step in planning before you visit Quebec, It is mandatory.
You can create an account online on your desktop or mobile. Simply click here to see it on your device or download the correct version for your phone.
The app will let you find out if you can travel to Canada. There are no guarantees and you must read and plan accordingly as per the Canadian website:
- You must have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 to enter.
- Final determination regarding entry and quarantine is made by a government representative at the port of entry based on the information presented to them at the time of entry into Canada.
- You must meet the entry requirements under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and provide appropriate travel and immigration documentation; find out if you need a visitor visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
- Failure to comply with a COVID-19 Emergency order is an offence under the Quarantine Act and could lead to imprisonment and/or fines.
Many of the questions are answered in this section of the arrivecan app.
Crossing the border into Canada requires a passport whether you fly or drive in. If yo don’t have it yet here’s where to start.
Once you have your document you are ready to travel to Canada. Here’s a quick tip for you. When you get your passport make sure to sign it. I also recommend you scan your passport and sen d it to yourself in an email and save it to your google drive (or dropbox or onedrive,etc). If you were to lose it or have it stolen you can always receive the details via the virtual file.
Always make sure to take great care of your passport. Losing or having stolen will always mean complications in the future when renewing.
Currency, Credit and Debit Cards
The currency exchange is still very favorable. At the time of writing the US dollar bought 1.21 Canadian dollars. So for example with $4 us dollars you get $5 of canadian value. We recommend using credit and debit cards while traveling. You do get an optimal exchange rate depending on your bank. You can get a few dollars at an ATM for tips and smaller expenses. Make sure to let your bank know you are traveling this way your card won’t be declined when you make a purchase in a different country.
Choose your Destination
Montreal or Quebec City or both? There is much to see in Montreal and Quebec City and beyond. When you visit Quebec, it may mean multiple trips if you wish to explore this very large province.
If you have a week, you can consider doing both Montreal and Quebec City. If you are driving in from the US, Montreal and Quebec City are 2.5 hours apart.
Once in Montreal we highly recommend you get a hotel near Old Montreal. Park your car and enjoy exploring the city by foot and using public transit.
Old Montreal is an easy place to get around by foot and you’ll get greater enjoyment. Then you can also consider walking to downtown and then taking a few subways stops to places like the Atwater Market and the Lachine Canal.
You can walk up St-Denis street and St-Laurent boulevard. Explore the shops and cafes. Get a bagel on St-Viateur, a fresh coffee at Brulerie St-Denis. Grab one of Montreal’s famous ‘smoked meat’ sandwich or try some chicken piri piri. Or bring your wine for dinner at one of the greek restaurants on Prince Arthur.
Some of our top quick picks:
Hurley’s Irish Pub
Pied de Cochon
Belle et la Boeuf