VISAS, ETAs AND ENTERING CANADA
VISAS, ETAs AND ENTERING CANADA
It is important to read this section before booking your flight to Montreal. Entry requirements for Canada are in effect.
Please note – visa processing times vary from country to country and wait times can be lengthy. We strongly recommend you apply for a visa as soon as possible to avoid delays.
There are entry requirements in effect for Canada that apply to all U.S. and international travellers. If you do not need a Visa to enter Canada, you are likely required to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through a Canadian airport. Exceptions include U.S. citizens with a valid passport and travellers with a valid Canadian Visa.
Click here to determine whether you need a Visa OR an eTA and apply online before arranging your flight. Various languages are supported including: العربية, Deutsch, English, Español, Francais, Italiano, ελληνικά, Magyarul, Nederlands, 日本語, 한국어, Polski, Português, Română.
Please view the online application for Visitor Visas (if required). You can request a letter of invitation from the Conference Organizer for Visa purposes by filling in the necessary information when you complete your online registration. Please be sure to check with your nearest Canadian Embassy or Consulate well in advance of travel to obtain the appropriate documentation. A letter of invitation is issued solely for the purpose of assisting participants with Visa applications. Such a letter does not imply any financial obligation on the part of the conference organizers. IAF and ILAC cannot influence or intervene in decisions or requests regarding visas.
How do I request a letter from IAF and ILAC for my Visa application?
When submitting your registration to attend the conference, you will be asked to enter more information if you require a Visa invitation. If you are not sure if you require a Visa to enter Canada, you can find a list of countries who are required to apply for a Visa here: https://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp.
How do I apply for an eTA?
Applying for an eTA is a simple online process. You should apply for an eTA before you book your flight.
- Get your passport, credit or debit card ready, and read the application help document, which is available in several languages.
- Use the online form to apply.
- Pay $7 CAD for your eTA right after you complete the form.
- Get an email about your eTA application.
- Most applications are approved within minutes but some can take longer.
- You may need to submit additional documents before your application can be approved. If you’re required to submit additional documents, an email will be sent with instructions within 72 hours.
How long does it take to get an eTA?
It’s important to get an eTA before you book your flight to Canada.
- Most applicants get their eTA approval (via an email) within minutes.
- However, some requests can take several days to process if you’re asked to submit supporting documents.
Confirm your passport number is correct
Once your eTA is approved, check that the passport number in your eTA approval email matches the number in your passport. If they don’t match, you need to apply for a new eTA.
What to bring to the airport
When your eTA is approved, it will be linked to the passport you used to apply. You need to present this passport when you check-in to your flight to Canada. You don’t need to print out any special document. The airline staff will scan your passport to confirm that you have a valid eTA. If you don’t have one, you won’t be able to board your flight.
Visitors from the following countries will need an eTA (electronic travel authorization) before boarding their flight to Canada.
British National (overseas)
British Overseas Citizen (re-admissible to the United Kingdom)British Overseas Territory Citizen who derives that citizenship through birth, descent, naturalization or registration in one of the British overseas territories of:
-British Virgin Islands
-Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
-Turks and Caicos Islands
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, must have a passport issued by Hong Kong SAR
Republic of Korea
Papua New Guinea
Romania (electronic passport holders only)
United Arab Emirates
Vatican City State, must have a passport or travel document issued by the Vatican