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GETTING HERE : TRAVEL ESSENTIALS
Entry Into Canada
Visitors from all countries but the U.S. need a passport to visit Canada. Photo ID, proof of citizenship and residence are mandatory for U.S. citizens (though a passport is preferred). This process is subject to change when the proposed Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative is put into effect. For updates on this new travel policy for Americans, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.
Visitors from all other countries must possess a passport to visit Canada and should contact the nearest Canadian Consulate or Embassy. For more information on travel visas please visit the Canadian Consulate website.
Health and Travel Insurance
The Northwest Territories health-care plan does not cover out-of-province visitors. Clarify your coverage with your personal insurance carrier before entering The Northwest Territories as you may wish to obtain additional health insurance before your travel. Contact your local travel agent for further details.
Banking and Currency
Canada's monetary system is based on dollars and cents similar to that of the U.S. To avoid Canadian currency exchange problems, visitors are advised to exchange their funds for Canadian dollars at foreign currency exchange outlets, many of which are conveniently located in airport departure areas. If traveling by other means, use your bank of choice or any foreign currency exchange.
Moving Your Money
Traveller's cheques and credit cards are accepted at most commercial establishments, banks and currency exchange offices. Banking hours are generally 9:30 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. Some banks are open Saturdays. Most automated teller machines (ATMs) are linked to one or more of the following networks: Interac, Cirrus or Plus. They are found at banks, retail areas and in many cases at special event venues. ATMs offer the same rate of exchange to be found at traditional banking and exchange institutions.
Canada uses the metric system. All highway and traffic indicators are in km and km/h, gas is sold by the litre, temperature is measured in Celsius, and the electrical current is 110 volts.
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