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IPS 2020 - Travelling to Canada
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Information About Travelling to Canada

All IPS 2020 attendees travelling from outside of Canada should read the information below.



Canada has recently implemented new requirements for international visitors.

NEW – Biometrics (Global Expansion)

Depending on your nationality, you may be required to give your biometrics:

  • Starting July 31, 2018 the biometric requirement becomes mandatory for nationals of Europe, Middle East and Africa, and
  • Starting December 31, 2018 the biometric requirement becomes mandatory for nationals of Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas.

For additional information on whether or not you require a biometric, please refer to our fast facts about Biometrics.

All international visitors, arriving in Canada by air will require either an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a visa, which must be obtained from the Government of Canada prior to applying for travel to Canada – at least 12 weeks prior to the conference is the suggested.

The only exceptions are travellers who arrive with one of the following documents:
A valid Canadian passport,
A valid Canadian permanent resident card, or
A valid U.S. passport.

NOTE: Airlines will not allow you to board the aircraft without either an eTA or a visa.
Travellers arriving in Canada by car, bus, train, or boat do not require an eTA, but they may still require a visa.



In order to enter Canada you must meet certain basic travel requirements, which are detailed on this Government of Canada website:



Only those who register for the Main Conference are eligible for a Letter of Invitation.

Even if you do not require a visa or eTA, it is recommended that you request a letter of invitation to present at the border if you are travelling from outside of Canada.

Having a letter of invitation from the conference host TELUS World of Science - Edmonton is required in order to apply for a visa. Including a letter of invitation with your visa application does not guarantee that your visa will be approved. 

We recommend that you print a separate copy of the letter to present at the border. 
The letter of invitation does not guarantee that you will be admitted to Canada.



Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is the department within the Government of Canada responsible for managing applications for visas and eTAs.

IPS 2020 has been registered with the Special Events Unit of IRCC, and has received the special event code “20IPSC.” It is important that you reference this code if applying for a visa or eTA to attend the Conference. Using this code does not guarantee that your visa will be approved.



There is no cost for the letter of invitation. Only those who register for IPS 2020 are eligible for a Letter of Invitation.

There is $100 CAD charge for a visa and a $7.00 CAD charge for the eTA.



TELUS World of Science - Edmonton CANNOT issue a letter of invitation to anyone NOT registered as a Conference attendee.

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