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Information About Travelling to Canada
All IPS 2020 attendees travelling from outside of Canada should read the information below.
REQUIREMENTS TO ENTER CANADA
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:
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:
NOTE: Airlines will not allow you to board the aircraft without either an eTA or a visa.
BASIC TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTERING CANADA
In order to enter Canada you must meet certain basic travel requirements, which are detailed on this Government of Canada website:
LETTER OF INVITATION
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.
IPS 2020 CONFERENCE SPECIAL EVENT CODE
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.
CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS A REQUIREMENT
TELUS World of Science - Edmonton CANNOT issue a letter of invitation to anyone NOT registered as a Conference attendee.