Travel advice for Canada.

Here you will find important tips and useful information for Canada.

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Travel money:

Prepaid Travel credit card

in Swiss francs (CHF)

  • For ATM cash withdrawals

  • For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online

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Banknotes

in local currency

  • For minor expenses on arrival in country of destination

Local currency / ISO Code

Canadian dollar CAD

Currency exchange rate

CAD 1 = ~ CHF 0.74 ; CHF 1 = ~ CAD 1.36 (07/2020)

Further Information

Credit cards

 

  • Customary credit cards are accepted in most places. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.

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Practical Information:

Time difference with Switzerland

- 4,5-9 h (from the east to the west)

National language

Official language

English and French

Capital

Ottawa

Country code for calling Switzerland

0011 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)

Voltage

110 volt / adapter required

Travel documents for Swiss citizens
  • Passport still valid after end of stay, return or onward travel ticket and proof of sufficient funds for stays up to 6 months.

  • On entry, a printout of the eTA (electronic Travel Authorization) has to be presented. You can apply for the eTA online at www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta.asp

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

Ottawa, 5 Marlborough Avenue
Tel. +1 613 235 1837

Opening hours

Banks

10.00 - 15.00 h (Mon - Fri)

Stores

9.00 - 18.00/19.00 h (Mon - Sat)
often longer on Thursdays and Fridays

Driving
  • Swiss driver's license accepted for car rentals.

  • International driver's licence recommended.

  • Minimum age for car rentals: 21 to 25 (varies by company).

  • CH sticker and breakdown triangle mandatory.

  • Blood alcohol limit: 0.5 ‰.

Health situation

Vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, polio and measles recommended.

Other information

Special legal regulations

Very strict laws to fight illegal drugs (up to life imprisonment).

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Important

While every precaution has been taken to verify the information provided, Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of Country Information. Swiss Bankers therefore shall not be held liable for any damage or loss sustained in connection with any errors or omissions contained therein.

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