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Country Information

Canada

Travel money

Recommended:
  • Travel Cash Card in Swiss francs (CHF)
    For ATM cash withdrawals
    For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online
  • Banknotes in local currency
    For minor expenses on arrival in country of destination

Travel Cash

Phone +41 31 710 12 15

Credit cards

  • Customary credit cards are accepted in most places. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.
  • Credit cards are recommended for car rentals. Prepaid cards are generally accepted for payment but not for reservations. Please check the possible payment methods with the car rental company in advance.

Banknotes

Local currency / ISO Code
Canadian dollar CAD
Currency exchange rate (effective date)
CAD 1 =~ CHF 0.78 ; CHF 1 =~ CAD 1.28 (01/2020)
Import local currency
unlimited, CAD 10'000.00 or more must be declared
Import foreign currency
unlimited; CAD 10'000.00 (equivalent) and more must be declared
Export local currency
unlimited, CAD 10'000.00 or more must be declared
Export foreign currency
unlimited; CAD 10'000.00 (equivalent) and more must be declared

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).

Tourism

For current travel informations visit also http://www.eda.admin.ch/

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 Prepaid Services Ltd therefore shall not be held liable for any damage or loss sustained in connection with any errors or omissions contained therein.