VISAS, ENTRY RULES, CUSTOMS REGULATIONS in Canada
You need a visa to visit Canada. Documents are submitted to the Embassy of Canada or to the offices of PONY EXPRESS and the International Organization for Migration, which provide services for receiving documents for obtaining a visa for a fee on the basis of an agreement with the Embassy of Canada. To apply for a visa, you must provide the following documents:
– a passport valid for at least 6 months from the end of the trip
– a photocopy of the first page of the passport with the applicant’s personal data
– 2 identical photographs 3.5×4.5 cm in size (color or black and white, on light background taken within the last six months)
– 2 application forms for a temporary resident visa, completed in English or French in capital block letters and personally signed by the applicant
– 2 “Family Information” forms, completed with full names and dates of birth, in block capital letters
– a description of the travel itinerary, including documents on booking tickets and hotels – proof of
sufficient funds for the trip (bank statements, etc.) a copy of the work book certified by the personnel department at the place of work
Retirees must provide a copy of their pension certificate, a letter of sponsorship from one of their relatives, a certificate from his place of work indicating the position, length of service, salary, and a copy of the first page of his passport.
For students and schoolchildren, a copy of the birth certificate, a certificate from the place of study, a copy of the student ID card, a statement of sponsorship of the trip from the parents and documents confirming their financial well-being and ability to pay for the trip are required.
For children traveling accompanied by one of the parents or third parties, it is necessary to provide a notarized permission to export the child from the remaining parent or parents.
The consular department has the right to request additional documents, or invite the applicant for an interview, which must be at the strictly specified time, otherwise the visa will be denied. Additional documents may be notarized copies of documents on the availability of real estate, copies of marriage certificates, birth certificates of children, which will serve as evidence of your desire to return to Russia. In addition, it is recommended to take out medical insurance, its availability can facilitate the process of obtaining a visa.
The consular fee is charged for both adults and children, even if they are included in the parents’ passport. In case of refusal, the consular fee is not refundable. You can pay the consular fee only through the visa service of the PONY EXPRESS courier service or through the International Organization for Migration. Payment can be made by certified check in Canadian dollars payable to the General Recipient on behalf of the Government of Canada, or by postal order in Canadian dollars payable to the General Recipient on behalf of the Government of Canada. Certified checks and international postal orders are valid for two months from the date of issue.
The term for issuing a visa can be from 15 days to 6 weeks.
The temporary resident visa is valid for six months.
Import and export of foreign and national currency is not limited. You can import cigarettes duty-free – up to 200 pieces, or up to 50 cigars, or 200 g of tobacco; 8.5 liters of beer, or 1.5 liters of wine, or 1.1 liters of spirits; items for personal use – within the limits of personal needs; gifts – no more than 60 Canadian dollars.
It is forbidden to import perishable products, weapons, explosives, drugs, certain medicines, items and things for resale, meat, non-canned meat and dairy products, plants and seeds into the country. The export of silver coins worth more than 5 Canadian dollars is prohibited.
Canada, Embassy website: http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/missions/russia-russie/menu-rus.asp
Embassy in Canada
Canada , embassy in Moscow Kropotkinskaya
metro station, 23 Starokonyushenny
Canada, Russian Embassy in the country:
Province of Ontario, Ottawa, st. Charlotte, 285
Tel.: (1-613) 235-43-41,
Fax: (1-613) 236-63-42
Communication in Canada
On the streets of Canadian cities, pay phones are everywhere installed, which work both with cards and with coins. Cards for international calls can be purchased at newsstands, tobacconists or supermarkets.
In order to call from Russia to Canada, you need to dial 8 – 10 – 1 (country code) – area code – subscriber number.
In order to call from Canada to Russia, you need to dial 011 – 7 – area code – subscriber number.
Emergency Phones in Canada
Rescue Service – 911
holidays and weekends
useful little things
HOLIDAYS AND WEEKENDS
January 1 and 2 – New Year
July 1 – Canada Day
November 11 – Memorial Day
December 25 – Christmas
In addition, in each province there are several public holidays that are non-working. In Quebec, the day of John the Baptist (patron saint of French Canadians) is widely celebrated on June 24th. It is the main national holiday of the province. In addition, Quebec hosts many festivals throughout the year. Montreal hosts the Festival of Lights in February-March, the Quebec Nights International Jazz and Blues Festival in late June, and the International Summer Festival in early July. Vancouver hosts the Jazz Festival in June and the Sea Festival in July. In Toronto, in July-August, Caribana Festival, a summer music festival, as well as the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival are interesting. In February, Ottawa hosts the largest snow festival in North America, the Snow Ball.
USEFUL THINGS When
traveling in Canada, tourists should follow basic safety rules: you should not take a lot of cash with you on trips, as well as all documents.
According to lawschoolsinusa, shops are open Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 18:00, some department stores are open until 21:00 on Thursdays and Fridays, and most small supermarkets are open around the clock. The most famous shopping areas in Canada are Robson Street in Vancouver, the West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, the PATH shopping area in Toronto and the Log Skyscraper Trading Post in Whitehorse.
When leaving the country at the border, you can get a refund of purchase tax and hotel tax. To do this, in a store or hotel, you must issue a special check and present it at customs.
In Canadian bars and restaurants, it is customary to tip 15% of the bill.
Canadians are friendly and helpful, they are always smiling and always ready to help.
Before traveling to Canada, it is highly recommended to take out health insurance, as medical services for foreigners are very expensive. In addition, its presence can facilitate the process of obtaining a Canadian visa. It is also recommended to get vaccinated against tetanus before visiting the country.