Travel Information

Visas

Visas

Before making your travel arrangements, please ensure you have obtained an entry visa to Canada if required. Unless otherwise stated conference attendance falls into the visitor’s category.

To see if you need a visa to enter Canada as a visitor, and for other information about travelling to Canada, please visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website at this link: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp. This website offers complete information and is constantly updated.

Please contact your nearest Canadian Embassy or Consulate to confirm visa requirements for your country. If you require a letter of invitation to support your visitor’s visa application, we will provide it. However, please beware that your conference registration fee must be paid in full before we can mail the visa letter.

Please allow yourself ample time to prepare all the necessary paperwork and apply for the visa. Conference organizers will not contact the Canadian Embassy or Consulate on your behalf, and will not be in any way involved in the visa application process.

USA Connections

If you have a connecting flight via the United States, please note that you may need visas for both the United States and Canada, depending on your citizenship. Please contact the nearest US Embassy or Consulate to enquire about transit visas.

 

Travel Arrangements

Travel Arrangements

Delegates are entirely responsible for making their own travel arrangements including booking flights, accommodations and airport transfers. Please note that none of these services are included in the conference registration fee, nor managed by the organizers. For information on venue and accommodations, please visit the Accommodations section of this website.

Please make sure your destination is Vancouver, BC (Canada) and not Vancouver, WA (USA). The airport code for Vancouver, BC is YVR.

A valid passport is required for all travellers entering and leaving Canada. Your passport should have at least six months validity left on it, as well as at least two blank pages. If a visa is required, it must be stamped in your passport, ready for inspection.

Please also note that Canada does not pay for hospital or medical services for visitors. Please make sure you have an international health insurance to cover any emergency medical costs.

Getting In

Getting In

When booking your tickets, please make sure you are headed to Vancouver, BC, not Vancouver, WA.

By plane

If you’re arriving by air, you’ll most likely be flying into Vancouver International Airport (YVR). The airport is located just 25 minutes from downtown.

Daily direct flights between major U.S. cities and Vancouver are offered by Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, and United.

Domestic travelers within Canada can get to Vancouver either with Air Canada, or WestJet.

You can also fly to either Seattle or Bellingham, WA, USA. From either locations, you can either rent a car, or take a bus up to Vancouver (see below).

By bus

Greyhound offers daily bus service between Vancouver and all major Canadian cities, and between Vancouver and Seattle (at the border crossing, passengers disembark the bus and take their luggage through Customs).

Quick Shuttle also provides transportation between Seattle or Bellingham and Vancouver. It provides service from Seatac Airport, Downtown Seattle, and Bellingham Airport to Vancouver Airport and Downtown Vancouver. Quick Shuttle provides complimentary doorstep service to all major hotels.

 

(Sources: Tourism VancouverFrommer’s, and Quick Shuttle)

Getting Around

Getting Around

Getting into town from the airport:

The Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is in Richmond (one of Vancouver’s suburbs), about a 30-minute drive south from downtown Vancouver. Ground transportation includes the SkyTrain, rental cars, and taxis. Expect to pay about C$35 plus tip for a taxi ride downtown. The best way is to take the Canada Line SkyTrain. It is a faster and more economical way to get to downtown Vancouver from the airport. If you are taking the Sky Train, you can get off at either the Vancouver City Centre or Waterfront station.

Travelling around the city:
You can easily travel within the city using public transit system, which includes buses, the SkyTrain, and the SeaBus. For more information about the transit system, please visit www.translink.ca

Having a map is recommended if you plan to explore the city centre on foot.

Downtown at night time is quite safe. Many people live downtown and it is still busy at night time.

Maps (courtesy of Tourism Vancouver)