Travel/Visa Info

Visa and eTA
Foreign nationals may require a VISA or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to visit Canada.
Find out if you need a VISA or eTA.
It is important that participants apply for their visas well in advance of anticipated travel.
Visa-exempt foreign nationals need an eTA. Exceptions include U.S. citizens, and travellers with a valid Canadian visa. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents cannot apply for an eTA. Applying for an eTA is a simple online process. However, some requests can take several days to process if you’re asked to submit supporting documents. It is best to get an eTA before you book your flight to Canada. If you do not hold Canadian citizenship, you may require an official invitation to enter Canada. To request an invitation letter, please contact the conference administration at

Medical Insurance
Visitors are not covered by Canadian health insurance plans. Check with your personal medical plan before leaving your home country to ensure you have adequate traveling insurance. Delegates are urged to take out insurance to cover loss incurred in the case of cancellation, medical expenses and damage to or loss of personal effects whenever traveling outside of their own country.

During the summer months Vancouver is on Pacific Daylight Time (PDL).

The electrical current is the same in Canada as in the United States: 110 volts AC at 60 Hz. Adapters are required for appliances from other countries.

The monetary system in Canada is based on dollars and cents. Foreign currencies may be readily exchanged at banks, your hotel front desk or at currency exchange bureaus located throughout the city. Bank debit or credit cards are the most convenient means of getting cash at the many 24-hour automated banking machines (ATMs). As in the U.S. and Europe these machines accept cards with Plus, Interac and Cirrus symbols. Many Canadian businesses will accept traveler’s cheques as well as major credit cards (Visa, Master Card, and American Express).

A Goods and Services Tax (Harmonized Sales Tax (HST)) applies to most consumer goods and is added to the retail prices. HST adds up to 12% – this is 5% GST (Goods and Services Tax) and 7% PST (Provincial Sales Tax).

Vancouver International Airport has non-stop flights daily to Asia, Europe, Oceania, the United States, Mexico and other airports within Canada. An extensive public transport system (bus, train and ferry) enables visitor access to many of Vancouver’s attractions and parks at reasonable prices. For details see the public transport map and trip planner: