Located approximately 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is ranked one of the top airports in the world and is served by a wide variety of local, national and international air carriers with direct routes to most major destinations. YVR offers the shortest flying time between much of North America and Asia as well as being a gateway for Europe.
Passports, visas and border-crossing information
Traveling to Canada is easier than ever before. A valid passport is required for citizens of all countries. Citizens of certain countries and territories may need a visa to visit or transit Canada. The Canadian government provides a service that can help you understand the travel requirements that are specific to your nationality. Please visit this helpful site to find out which documentation you require to visit Canada and how to apply for a visitor visa should you require one.
International attendees are advised to confirm the entry requirements to Canada from their country of origin. Please note, that all visitors arriving in Canada by air require either a visitor visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). U.S. citizens are exempted. For details on which regulation applies for your country and to apply for a visa or eTA, please visit the website .
Processing times for visa applications
Anyone that requires a Temporary Resident Visa is encouraged to start the application early. Check here for an estimate of processing times for your country/region. Please remember to give yourself enough time to resubmit your application should it be deemed ‘incomplete’.
Document Check List: Please make sure you print off this check list to ensure you have all required documentation completed for your application. Should you forget any item or leave a question field blank by mistake your application will automatically be deemed ‘incomplete’ and you will have to start again.
Letter of invitation for visa policy
An official Letter of Invitation to obtain a Visa and authorization to attend the Symposium will be issued ONLY after Registration has been completed with full payment received.
Travel and health insurance
It is strongly recommended that attendees take out insurance to cover loss incurred in case of cancellation, medical expenses and damage to or loss of personal effects. The organizers of the Symposium will not be responsible for any medical costs incurred by attendees. We will not accept liability for personal injuries or for loss or damage to property belonging to Symposium attendees, either during or as a result of the Symposium or during any tours.