Travel and Visa


Coming to Canada to attend the conference?
Here are some things you may want to know before travelling to make the most of your time there.

US Visitors to Canada
When travelling to Canada, you always need to carry proper travel documents and identification for yourself and any children travelling with you. For all modes of entry, we recommend you carry a valid passport.

All visitors arriving from or transiting through the United States are encouraged to visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Web site for information concerning the U.S. Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, and the requirements to enter or return to the United States.

To learn more about Canadian customs regulations, visit the Canada Border Services Agency website.

Visit the U.S. Department of State website frequently for international travel updates.

For detailed information about obtaining or renewing your US passport, visit the U.S. Department of State, National Passport Information Center website, or access US passport application services from the United States Postal Service.




International Visitors to Canada
International visitors to Canada (not US citizens or US permanent residents) must carry a valid passport and, if required, a visa. Citizens from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia and others do not require a visa to enter Canada. Visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website for a complete listing of countries whose citizens require visas to enter Canada.

All other visitors should contact their Canadian consulate or embassy to learn what documents are required. Contact information for Canadian embassies around the world can be found at the Global Affairs Canada website.

To learn more about Canadian customs regulations, visit the Canada Border Services Agency website.

Starting March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travelers with a valid visa. Read about the changes and how they may affect you.

For more information visit:
U.S. Department of State
Countries Requiring Visas
Canadian Visa Offices
Canada International Website
Canada Border Services Agency


Entry Requirements for Visitors to Canada
Start here for updated information on visa and passport requirements for U.S. and other international visitors to Canada.

Embassies & Consulates
Start here for an updated list of foreign embassies, consulates and international organizations with representation in Canada.

Emergency Services
Dial 9-1-1 for fire, ambulance and police emergency services in Canada.

Emergency Medical
Canadian hospitals will not refuse treatment for those requiring care, regardless of financial status or healthcare coverage. To avoid incurring costs of an emergency healthcare visit, all visitors planning a trip to Canada should ensure they have adequate coverage from their home healthcare provider.

Health Insurance
Visitors to Canada should obtain travellers' health insurance before leaving home. Most health insurance coverage does not extend outside the country of residence. Visitors requiring prescription medication should bring a copy of the prescription for renewal in Canada.

Visitors from abroad may withdraw Canadian currency from automated teller machines (ATMs) or convert foreign currency at local banks.

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