For rapid and convenient access to downtown Montréal, taxi or limousine services are available. No reservation is needed from the airport and there is a flat rate of $40 (taxi) or $75 (limousine) to the downtown district. Some drivers accept credit cards and/or American funds but they are not obliged to. These rates include taxes and are subject to change without notice.
The Express bus 747 is a public transit bus that runs between the airport and downtown Montréal (Central Bus Station) 24 hours a day, approx. every 30 minutes. It makes several stops on René Lévesque Blvd. near major downtown hotels. Travel times will vary from 45 to 60 minutes according to traffic conditions. For the exact schedule and trajectory map, please visit: http://www.stm.info/english/info/a-747.htm
Starting March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Note that US citizens and travellers who already have an existing valid visa for Canada are exempt.
While this sounds like an exhausting procedure – it’s actually a simple procedure.
First, find out if you need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a visitor visa by visiting the Government of Canada website: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp
To apply for an eTA:
Fill out the online form here eTA Online Application. It takes just a few minutes. The cost is $7 CDN and most eTA-eligible applicants will get their authorization within a few minutes of submitting the online form. The eTA is electronically linked to the passport and is valid for 5 year or until the passport expires – whichever comes first. Travellers can apply now for the eTA if they know that they will be travelling to Canada sometime in 2016.
Canada does not have a visa office in every country so it is important that you visit the website of the visa office responsible for processing your visa application. Information is available on the website on how to submit a visa application and the documentation required.
This system allows clients to submit applications online. If you need a visa but require your passport for other travel purposes, you are strongly encouraged to submit your visa applications on-line (e-Apps ). Those who choose to apply on-line will not have to submit their passport until a decision has been taken on their applications. If required, the visa office will send the applicant instructions on how and where to send their passports to finalize the visa process.
VACs are commercial service providers authorized by Canada to provide specific services to applicants.
VACs provide a number of services including helping applicants to fill out forms, answer questions and ensure that applications are complete, thereby reducing unnecessary delays or refusals due to incomplete applications.
Applicants that are required to provide biometrics information as part of the visa application process can do so at a VAC. Additional information on the biometrics requirements is available at the CIC website.
VACs send applications to Visa Offices and transmit decisions to applicants in a secure and confidential manner. VACs do not process visa applications and play no role in the decision-making process
Processing time for visa applications vary depending on the office and the time of the year. Participants should be encouraged to apply early for their visas, and to submit complete applications including all supporting documents. Please visit the CIC website for information on the time it takes to process visa applications at the various visa offices.
The Canadian dollar is the national currency.
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Summer is Montréal’s most beautiful season. It is colourful, with an average high temperature of 18˚C (66˚F) and a low of 8˚C (46˚F) in May.