Long journeys are becoming more and more popular among Poles. Many people no longer want to stubbornly stick to Europe, so they decide to spend their holidays on another continent. One of the most popular tourist destinations, as well as immigration one, is currently Canada. The vast majority of enthusiastic travellers are willing to visit this country in the future. Therefore, it is worthwhile to learn the most important things about the necessary documents, customs clearance or places that are worth visiting, located in Canada. If you are interested in this topic, we encourage you to read our article! With this article you will gain knowledge, which will certainly be useful when planning a travel to Canada, as well as the trip itself.
Going to Canada without a tourist visa
The documents you need to travel to Canada are different from those you need to travel to the United States. In March 2008, the Canadian tourist visa requirement for Poles was lifted. This means that Polish citizens can spend up to 6 months in Canada within one year. However, this is not entirely as optimistic as it seems. The abolition of the “visa regime” for Poles does not mean that every tourist will be able to visit this country. The final decision is made by the immigration officer at the border crossing point.
Electronic Travel Authorization – what is this?
It should also be remembered that any person with Polish citizenship who intends to visit Canada by plane should prepare an electronic Travel Authorization, or eTA for short. This document, introduced on 15 March 2016, is an electronic confirmation of travel, which is issued to the person concerned on the basis of his or her passport number. It allows you to travel to Canada within 5 years of its issue. However, the condition is a valid passport, which was linked to eTA at the very beginning of the procedure. In order to obtain this electronic document, all you need to do is to fill in the form correctly, which can be found at http://cic.gc.ca. Everything seems to indicate that the trip to Canada for English tourists is visa-free. Nevertheless, you should be aware of some reservations that may prevent you from travelling.
Your passport must be biometric
First of all, it is very important that the passport of a potential tourist is biometric. This is not a problem, because we have been receiving such documents since 2006, when we apply for them at the Passport Offices. However, before filling in the eTA form, it is worth checking the validity of your passport. It is also good to know that electronic Travel Authorization is a solution only for travellers who travel to Canada by plane. If you are arriving by land or sea, you have the right to travel without it.
All about the eTA application
Electronic Travel Authorization is a document submitted in electronic and Internet mode. If you want to start filling it out, you must prepare your current passport and e-mail address, which turns out to be an essential element. The application is processed in just a few minutes, while the eTA document is received after a maximum of 3 working days.
How much is it? – cost of eTA
The whole project costs 7 CAD, which in PLN terms is about 21 PLN. The eTA document is valid for 5 years and entitles the holder to stay in Canada for 6 months during the year. It contains biometric data, therefore your passport must be biometric (as mentioned above, every Polish passport since 2006 is biometric). In order to apply for eTA, you will need information such as nationality and purpose of the journey, but also necessary passport data and information about the cash you carry with you during the journey. Electronic Travel Authorization document is required from September 9, 2016 and is intended to increase the chance of allowing a traveler to enter Canada.
Flights from Poland to Canada
If you are planning to travel to Canada on your own, without the help of a travel agency, you should be interested in this topic beforehand. You can buy airline tickets at really good prices. Many travel guides written by travelers encourage you to buy seats on planes up to six months in advance. Long in advance, long-haul flights are much cheaper. So think about your departure earlier than a month before your planned holiday. Thanks to this you will certainly be able to save money. If you want to fly to Canada from Poland without any changes, the only airport in our country that you can use is the airport in Warsaw. Two airlines offer such a journey:
- LOT Polish Airlines,
- Air Canada.
If, however, you take into account the “change of aircraft” during a dozen or so hours of travel, you can choose the aircraft of such airlines as
- Air France,
- Austrian Airlin,
- British Airways,
- United Airlines,