Canada Travel Information
Canada has introduced a number of entry restrictions
that also apply to Norwegian citizens due to the
coronavirus (covid-19). For more information about the
restrictions and coronavirus, see the entry Entry and
Most trips to Canada are made without special
problems. However, travelers may be subject to
unpleasant surprises, violence and other crime.
Travelers should therefore be vigilant and take
Norway is represented in Canada with an embassy in
Ottawa. In addition, we have ten honorary consulates
spread across Canada.
The terror threat in Canada is generally low.
However, there have been incidents in recent years that
have allowed the Canadian authorities to temporarily
raise the threat level of terrorism from 'low' to
'medium'. However, it is not necessary for travelers to
take special precautions. If a situation arises, the
embassy will deal with the Canadian authorities and
their security arrangements. See Public Safety Canada
for more information.
When entering Canada, you must state the purpose of
the trip, where you live and present your return ticket.
If you are traveling from Canada to the US, some time
must be spent on immigration. This applies to all forms
of entry. Only electronically readable passports are
approved for entry to the United States.
Crime is relatively low, but is more likely in the big
cities. Travelers must take necessary precautions; doors
should be kept locked at all times, luggage/ bags, etc.
must be kept at all times, large sums of money should be
kept in a safe place, copies of passports and travel
documents should be kept separately from the originals.
- Countryaah: Ottawa is the capital
of Canada. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Road safety is generally good, but it is recommended
that tourists take out full insurance when renting a
car. It is an advantage to have an international
driver's license, this is obtained from NAF before
departure from Norway. In Canada you drive on the right
side of the road and safety belts are required. For
children up to nine years, child seats are required. It
is allowed to turn right at the red light except in
certain parts of Quebec. Distance and speed are given
according to the metric system. Speed controls often
occur. When driving outside residential areas one must
be aware that wild animals can cross the roadway,
especially at night. Please note that each province has
the authority to establish its own traffic and safety
laws. Road conditions and driving tips: Transport Canada
or The Canadian Automobile Association.
Wildlife is some of the best Canada has to offer, but
some of the animals can be dangerous in certain
situations. In Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and
Quebec, there is a bear attack. Moose, cougars and
coyotes can also be a danger. Before going on a
wilderness trip, one should consult with local
celebrities about what precautions should be taken.
Lightning, tornadoes and forest fires can occur
across Canada. Thunder and lightning are common in
summer and can often damage property. Tornadoes can hit
almost anywhere, mainly in the period May-September.
Forest fires can occur anywhere, but the risk is higher
in western Canada. In the ski resorts in Alberta and
British Columbia, one must be aware of snow avalanches.
Tourists are encouraged to listen to local media and
follow the weather forecast. In the western mountainous
areas earthquakes can occur. The western province of
British Columbia is in an active seismic zone.
Emergency telephone in Canada is 911 and applies to
ambulance, police and fire. Should this not work on the
ATMs, dial 0 so that you can talk to a telephone
operator that puts you over to 911. It does not cost
anything to call the emergency telephone from a public
If you have lost your passport, contact the local
police station immediately to report the situation. Then
contact the nearest Norwegian embassy or honorary
consulate. Through these you will be able to obtain
emergency passports. Please note that emergency
passports cannot be used when entering the United
You should make sure you take out good travel
insurance - or check that the one you have is adequate
for your next trip. Good travel insurance will cover,
among other things, expenses related to injuries,
accidents, illness, home transport and death. If you are
affected by illness or accident during a temporary stay
abroad, you should contact the insurance company (alarm
center) or tour operator.
Coronavirus (covid-19): Due to the
virus , Canada has introduced a number
of entry restrictions that also apply
to Norwegian citizens. The entry restrictions apply to
foreigners without a permanent residence permit in
Canada, as well as all travelers with coronavirus
symptoms (covid-19). There are exceptions for holders of
valid visas such as students and employees. All
travelers must quarantine for a compulsory 14 days. Plan
for self-quarantine must be presented. Mask is mandatory
when traveling. On Saturday, March 21, the US-Canada
border closed for tourists and unnecessary travel. Note
that there are also travel restrictions between some
More information on entry restrictions is available
from the Canadian government.
Contact your travel company or airline if you have
booked travel to Canada.
Remember that electronic travel registration (eTA) is
required for Norwegian travelers, even at stopovers.
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegian citizens do not need a visa to stay in
Canada and can stay up to six months in the country.
Canada has introduced mandatory electronic travel
registration (ETA) for visa-free travelers as of
September 30, 2016.
All Norwegians who do not have a visa or permanent
residence in Canada and who arrive by plane must have a
valid ETA before departure. Registration must be done
online before checking in at the airport. ETA is valid
for five years or until the end of the passport. If you
change your passport, you must apply for a new ETA. This
also applies in case of emergency passports.
Visa regulations are constantly changing, so you may
want to update yourself before traveling. Before
arriving in Canada, you must complete an entry form for
the customs authorities distributed on the aircraft. At
some airports, the form is filled in on arrival. Other
passport and visa regulations can be found on the
website of the Canadian Embassy in Oslo, or the Canadian
main page for immigration cases.
Canadian authorities recommend that children
traveling alone or with only one parent carry a written
confirmation from non-accompanying parents on the trip,
stating that the child has their permission to travel.
Complementary recommendations can be found on the
website of Canadian immigration authorities.
Canada legalized the use of cannabis on October 17,
2018. Travelers between Canada and the United States
should be aware that cannabis will still be illegal
under US federal law, and that admitting cannabis use
may result in denied entry. Updated information can be
found on the website of the US Embassy in Ottawa.
Coronavirus (covid-19): The
coronavirus has been detected in Canada, and Norwegian
travelers should keep abreast of how the virus is
developing. Follow local authorities' advice, guidance
and instructions on how to deal with the situation. More
information about the coronavirus in Canada can be found
on Coronavirus disease; outbrake update.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
Health conditions in Canada are of a good standard,
but it is expensive if you do not have insurance. Travel
insurance is therefore strongly recommended. Prior to
departure, one should inquire with their insurance
company about what kind of insurance is needed. More
information on health conditions and risks can be found
on the Health Canada website.
If you are bitten by an animal, you must consult a
doctor because of the risk of rabies and other diseases.
This is especially prevalent among small animals such as
raccoons and bats. Mosquitoes and other insects can be
troublesome during the summer months.
The area code for calls from Norway to Canada is + 1.
The time difference to Norway varies between 4.5 hours
in the east to nine hours in the west.
Power is 110 volts.
The coin unit is Canadian dollars (CAD) and a CAD is
worth in excess of six Norwegian kroner.
The Internet domain in Canada is.ca
Most credit cards can be used (Visa, MasterCard,
American Express, Diners etc.) and the use of the chip
is common. It is worth noting that not all ATMs allow
withdrawals with foreign debit or credit cards.
Normal opening hours are 9-17 for public offices and
banks. The banks are closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Stores are often open until 21 on weekdays and 17 or 18
on Saturday and Sunday.
National Holidays: 1st New Year's Day, Good Friday,
1st Easter Day, Victoria Day (3rd Monday in May), Canada
Day (1st July), Labor Day (1st Monday in September),
Thanksgiving (Second Monday in October), 1st and
Christmas Day. Variations occur from province to
Canada is a multicultural country. The country has
two official languages, English (67.1 percent) and
French (21.5 percent). 11.4 percent of the population
has another language as their mother tongue. French is
the main language in the province of Quebec, and leaving
the cities in the province can be difficult to
communicate in English.
Norwegians traveling in Canada must follow Canadian
law. Local laws and regulations vary in the different
provinces. Breaking the law can result in imprisonment
in a local prison with subsequent deportation.
The age limit for the import and consumption of
alcohol is 19 years, with the exception of Alberta,
Manitoba and Quebec where the age limit is 18 years.
Prices in Canada are quoted without VAT, so add
approx. 15 per cent (depending on province). When
visiting restaurants, bars and hairdressers it is also
mandatory to tip (the general rule is 15 percent of the
amount). Taxi drivers and other service personnel are
The temperature can get high in summer, but rarely
above 35 degrees. In winter, parts of the country can
experience extreme cold, often reinforced by cold winds.