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Gathering together all the documents that will be useful during your stay

Some of the following documents are essential for your temporary settlement in Québec, others, while not compulsory, could prove useful.

List of personal effects you are planning to bring
Proof of health insurance coverage
International driver’s licence

List of personal effects you are planning to bring

As a foreign student, you are entitled to temporarily import your household and personal items (furniture, dishes, appliances and automobiles) duty free, if you plan to stay in Canada.

To do so, you must give the customs officer a list that clearly distinguishes between the items you brought with you and those that will arrive later. It is a good idea to have two copies of this list, preferably typewritten, and to write down a description, model, serial number, where applicable, and the value of these effects.

 

  PRACTICAL ADVICE  
Don’t bring electrical appliances that can’t be converted to 110 volts.  
     

 

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Proof of health insurance coverage

If you reside in Denmark, Finland, France, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal or Sweden, find out from the organization providing health insurance coverage in that country whether you are covered by a social security agreement between that country and Québec.

If so, ask this organization to provide you with a proof of health insurance coverage in that country.

Once you are in Québec, you will have to submit this document to your educational institution as proof of your health insurance coverage. It should also be enclosed with your application for a Québec health insurance card.

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International driver’s licence

If you hold a valid licence of the equivalent class, you are allowed to drive an automobile or motorcycle for the length of your studies without holding a Québec licence. However, any licence restrictions also apply in Québec.

If your driver's licence is neither in English nor in French, getting an International driver’s licence is highly recommended. You must apply for this licence in the country that issued your driver's licence, before leaving. However, you must always have the country-of-origin driver's licence in your possession. However, if you do obtain an international driver’s licence, always keep both licences in your possession.

If you do not have a driver’s licence and would like to obtain one, contact the Service d’information à la clientèle (customer services) at the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) once you arrive in Québec.

 

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