Frequently asked questions

Is the passport necessary to travel to the United States?

Air Travel

Since January 23, 2007, Canadian citizens travelling by air to, through or from the United States must present one of the following documents:

This requirement applies to all Canadian citizens, regardless of age, including children. Canadians should obtain the appropriate required documentation before travelling, keep this documentation up to date and carry it with them.

Land and Sea Travel

Adults

Valid Passport OR DRIVER’S LICENCE PLUS

Students 18 years of age or under

Canadians citizen 18 years of age or under who travel with a school or are a part of a group trip, under adults supervision and with their parents or tutor approval have to show a citizen proof :  original Birth certificate signed by the registrar of civil status. For more details, you may wish to consult the Government of Canada’s website.

**Strongly recommended: parental agreement

NEW: IT IS ALSO RECOMMENDED TO PREPARE A LIST OF PASSENGERS WITH THE PARENTS’S PHONE NUMBERS

Banned:

  • meat (beef canned food, poultry, pork), goat cheese, fruits, vegetables, plants, dangerous items (weapons, knives), drugs

Allowed:

  • 2 bottles of 750 ml of wine or 40 oz of alcohol or 24 cans of beer (the traveller must be at least 21 years old)
  • 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 2 kg of tobacco
  • gifts for the amount of $400 or less (including tobacco and alcohol) (if away for more than 48 hours)
  • Poultry or pork canned food/ Cheese / Tuna, shrimps, smoked salmon

Why choose Student Tour as my travel agency?

STUDENT TOUR has been operating since 1986. It is one of Québec’s most experienced educational travel agencies. Each itinerary is tailor-made to meet the needs of each group. The STUDENT TOUR Internet site is designed to help you plan your trip and to help your students research your chosen destination.

More than 400 000 students have already travelled with STUDENT TOUR.

What vaccines are required?

Before going on a trip, it is important to know what precautions to take and get inoculated with the vaccines you and your students must receive.

Of course, you will have to plan according to your trip. If you stay in a tourist area, the preparations will be different than if your group is planning to go into a more remote area.

Consult the Web site of the Public Health Agency of Canada for all the information about the vaccines needed for your destination.

What type of vehicle do you use?

STUDENT TOUR uses several types of vehicles. The type of bus is noted on your group contract.

For more information: contact us!

How much spending money should we bring?

Most trips include meals and entry fees. But prepare some money for extras, such as souvenirs and treats.

The table below can help parents know how much pocket money they need to give their children for meals only.

DESTINATION DAILY ALLOWANCE
United States (3) $30 US to $40 US
Montreal (4) $10 to $15
Quebec City / Ottawa (4) $10 to $15
Toronto (1) $25
France (2) $10 to $15
Spain (2) $10 to $15
Italy (2) $10 to $20

  1. Breakfast is usually included in Toronto trips.
  2. For European destinations, breakfasts and dinners are often included. Only lunches need to be paid with your own money.
  3. If breakfast is not included.
  4. For lunch only.

Does insurance cover all health problems?

It is very important that you completely fill in the exclusion form for pre-existing health problems. The principle is simple: if you have a health problem before the trip that requires hospitalization during the trip, the costs incurred are not covered by Blue Cross insurance. The Government of Québec will pay part of the hospital expenses but Blue Cross will not cover the difference.

Here are two examples:

You have a cavity and, during the trip, you absolutely have to see a dentist: you are not covered.

An object hits you in the face and you lose a tooth: you are covered.

What do I do if I have problems during the trip but no guide to help out?

Some groups prefer to travel without guides. At any time, seven days a week and twenty-four hours a day, you can contact our STUDENT TOUR emergency service: 1 800 463-2265.
In most cases, you will be able to speak directly with the travel counsellor responsible for organizing your trip.

Are tips included in the trip?

Tips have already been calculated for meals included in the package. Of course, the decision to leave a tip to the chambermaid, the driver and the guide is entirely yours. However, we believe that this is part of the travelling experience students should acquire.

We suggest the following tips (per person):

  • $1 to $2 per day for the guide and driver.
  • $2 per day for the housekeeping staff (except in Europe).
  • $1 to $2 for the city tour guide with a local guide (sometimes included in your package).
  • 15% to 20% for restaurants (N.B.: when meals are included in your package in Canada and in the United States, the tips are already calculated in your package).
  • 15% to 20% for taxis.

Suggestion: during registration, ask for a supplementary amount. Each time a tip is customary, you can leave an amount for the group.