Have you ever been to Canada? If not, it really should be on your list as a ‘go to place’. Canada, of course, is far larger than Croatia and has a vast changing landscape, with a multitude of interesting cities, towns and rural regions to visit. If you make the trip, amazing landscapes, wonderful food and a huge amount of charm and history await you. Canadian culture is fascinating, even though, less than 200 years ago, it was far more of a wilderness.
There can be many reasons for visiting Canada such as tourism, work, or joining family already residing there. Before you can sample the delights of travelling here, you will need help from experts like Byevisa who will happily guide you through the necessary travel documents to visit Canada, to make your trip as hassle-free as possible.
More and more Croatians are touring or visiting Canada. As a Croatian citizen, you do not need a ‘visa’ as such, but you will need an eTA. The eTA is an Electronic Travel Authorisation, an entry document that is linked to your passport. With no requirement for an actual full ‘visa’ and laborious paperwork for Croatians to enter by air, (Canada is visa-free for residents of the EU), this is a much simpler process. Even though it will be checked electronically at passport control, it is wise to print your eTA off and take it with you just in case. The good news is, it is valid for a whole 5 years, or until your passport expires. An excellent reason for you to pay multiple visits here!
As long as you provide accurate personal details on the online application form, The Canadian Immigration authorities will process it quickly, so you can start making plans for your trip. Will it be ‘The Canadian Rockies’ in the West, or the bright lights of Toronto in the South-East? If you can spend a little more time than usual on holiday, you will never be bored here!
With a valid eTA, many other countries will also welcome you with open arms. If you decide to plan your route to travel via other destinations on your way to Canada, you will need to check the visa requirements for these destinations. For instance, if you visit Canada by boat, sea or coach, you may well need other visas or travel authorisations to enter if these destinations are not visa exempt.
Is it easy to travel from Dubrovnik to Canada?
Unfortunately, there are no direct flights to any Canadian destination, but flying time itself from Dubrovnik to Canada can take around 11 hours. Toronto is the shortest route at around 11 and a half hours minimum, but the further east you go, it will take up to 16 hours, depending on which carrier you choose. Flight costs however can be made economical, if you are prepared to tolerate more than 1 stopover. Remember to take into account time changes when you plan your trip as Canada has 6 time zones.
Can you compare Croatia with Canada?
In some ways, yes, but they still have very different traits, other than both being beautiful destinations. For instance, whilst Dubrovnik is a vibrant and busy capital, it still has a very relaxed atmosphere, whereas the larger cities in Canada are like other capitals such as New York, or London, full of hustle and bustle. You can still find quieter, more relaxing destinations away from the cities, however. If you end up at Lake Louise in the province of Banff, you will never find a more tranquil stretch of water and an air of complete calm.
The food is quite different with much more widespread international offerings in Canada. Lobster is very much on the menu in both destinations though, along with a variety of other seafood. Both destinations can boast of Michelin starred restaurants and on the opposite end of the spectrum, pizza places are infinitely cheaper in Dubrovnik than in Canada! Eating out in Canada is significantly more expensive than dining in Croatia. However, experiencing the diverse food scene in cities like Toronto is an experience not to be missed.
Thinking of Emigrating to Canada?
It’s far better to visit any country first, before making the huge decision to emigrate. However, there are plenty of valid reasons to consider a new life in a country with such a vast expanse.
Some reasons could be:
A better lifestyle, depending on what makes you happy
Top medical facilities
A wider spectrum of job potential in different skills
Moving to be closer to family
Better choice of education
Croatians are very welcome to work in Canada, with many managerial positions available particularly in the IT and skilled labour sectors. Many of these roles do come with excellent benefit packages, a point to consider. There are already many Croats living in Canada, some in communities in and around the cities, but according to a recent census, the majority are in Montreal and Toronto. The cost of living is much higher in Canada, but the salaries are much more lucrative.
If you are between the ages of 18-35, you will qualify as part of the Youth Mobility Programme, an agreement between Croatia and the Canadian government. You do not need a specific work visa, but you do need a permit under the agreement. If you are over 35, then you will have to have a work permit/visa in which a specific employer sponsors you. Skilled workers work under another programme entirely. which requires more documentation and will take longer. The ability to speak either English or French to a good level is also essential, as is proof that you have worked in your skilled profession for at least 2 years. After vetting your application, you will be asked to attend some interviews where you will be assessed. The whole process will take several months until you know whether you qualify.
The charm of Canada
Canada is indeed a wonderful place to visit, and travel between the various regions is easy. It’s stunningly picturesque in the forests, mountains and along the coastline. If you are into sport, Canada has so much to offer, as well as adventure holidays, hiking and skiing in picturesque spots. Cultural events abound with everything from opera to dance, theatre to photography, indoor and outdoor cinemas and watersports. Many people who visit Canada are very likely to return for more vacations and sightseeing. The Canadians are friendly and welcoming and as soon as it is time to go home, you’ll be wishing that you could stay longer!