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Travel to Canada

Please read the below information very carefully to ensure a seamless entry to Canada and return home. We highly recommend using the Canada Entry Questionnaire Wizard and the Canadian Travel & COVID-19 Requirements website from the Canadian Government frequently, as this will be the most current and will be the final determination of all guidance.  Most information has been pulled from their website to create this page, so we recommend checking their site for the latest and final information, as guidance is constantly evolving.

  • We strongly recommend you review your passport status as soon as possible, so if a renewal or application is required, you can begin the process. U.S. passports are taking up to 11 weeks to process (not including mail time).
  • Review the latest requirements for entry at the Canadian border. At the moment, Canada requires travelers to be fully vaccinated to enter the country. Be sure to bring a copy of your proof of vaccination and photo ID with you for entry. See the Canadian Entry & COVID section below.  For exceptions for kids and adult dependents, see the Children and Dependents Section here>>
  • If you require a visa, please complete the invitation letter request form so that you can get a specific event code to include in your letter as part of the visa process.  Canada recommends submitting for a visa no later than 12 weeks before your departure date. 

We are continuing to monitor local, state/provincial, federal, and international guidance for the latest developments. 

Preparing to Travel to Canada

Find out if you can enter Canada using the Government of Canada’s questionnaire>>

All U.S. citizens will need a valid passport. A tourist visa is not required for stays less than 180 days. Learn more from the State Department>>

*Note* Passports are taking up to 11 weeks to process, not including mail time. We recommend starting this process as soon as possible. For an extra $60, the application can be expedited, taking up to 7 weeks to process, not including mail time. 

Apply for a Passport
Renew a Passport

U.S./Canada Current Border Wait Times>>
Canadian Border Information>>
Canadian Help Center>>

We continue to monitor local, provincial, federal, and international guidance for health and safety, and we will keep you updated. 

Please be sure to review the guidance under COVID-19 and Canadian Entry section. Currently, you must be fully vaccinated to enter Canada. A list of requirements and accepted vaccines can be found under the section, and they can also be located on the Canadian travel page>>

Download a copy of the Canada Event Recognition Letter to have on file in case requested at the border.

To return to the United States by air, the U.S. currently requires a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel. 

Find out if you can enter Canada using the Government of Canada’s questionnaire>>

Visas
In addition to a passport, some international attendees from outside the U.S. may need a visa. To request an Invitation Letter from APSA to assist with the visa process, please complete this invitation letter request form. This will include a special event code to help expedite the process. The Canadian Government encourages attendees to check  processing times to find out how long it takes us to process most applications.  Each application is different and takes a different amount of time to process.  If you’ve already applied, learn how to check your application status. Attendees are encouraged to apply at least 12 weeks in advance of their departure date to ensure they receive the visa in time for the start of the event. 

Find out if you need a visa and/or eTA>>
Apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)>>
Visitor Visa (Who Can Apply)>>
Visa Application>>  
The visa required is the visitor’s visa – the objective of the trip is to attend a conference. 
Request an APSA Invitation Letter>>
This letter includes a special code to help expedite your visa for the event. 
Border Information>>
Additional Canada Travel Information>>

Canadian Help Center>>

Please be sure to review the guidance under COVID-19 and Canadian Entry section. Currently, you must be fully vaccinated to enter Canada. A list of requirements and accepted vaccines can be found under the section, and they can also be located on the Canadian travel page>>

Download a copy of the Canada Event Recognition Letter to have on file in case requested at the border.

Visa-exempt foreign nationals, excluding U.S. citizens, now require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. For more information please visit: www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/eta/apply.html 

Please also review the requirements for returning to your country of origin. Some countries do require tests to return.

We continue to monitor local, provincial, federal, and international guidance for health and safety, and we will keep you updated. 

First and foremost, we recommend reviewing the latest information on the Canadian COVID-19 Vaccinated Travellers Entering Canada webpage>> The information below is pulled from this site. 

Travellers are eligible to enter or return to Canada if they qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller. To qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller to Canada, you must:

  • have received at least 2 doses of a vaccine accepted for travel, a mix of 2 accepted vaccines
    • or at least 1 dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine
  • have received your second dose at least 15 calendar days before you enter Canada
    • Example: if your second dose was anytime on Thursday July 1, then Friday July 16 would be the first day that you meet the 15 day condition
  • have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19
  • follow pre-entry testing and entry requirements
    • upload proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN
    • complete your ArriveCAN submission and and have ArriveCAN receipt with letter I, V, or A beside your name
    • complete arrival test and quarantine if selected
    • monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 for the 14 days after entry into Canada
    • if you have symptoms of COVID-19, seek advice from local public health

Accepted Vaccines for Entry to Canada (check the latest on their website)
Vaccines accepted by the Government of Canada for the purpose of travel to and within Canada:

  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson
  • Moderna (mRNA-1273)
  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
  • Sinopharm BIBP (BBIBP-CorV)
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)

To qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, you must have received, at least 15 calendar days by the day you travel:

  • at least 2 doses of a vaccine accepted by the Government of Canada for the purpose of travel
  • or a mix of 2 accepted vaccines
  • or at least 1 dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine

If Your Proof of Vaccination is Not in English or French:
If your proof of vaccination is not in English or French, you need a certified translation in English or French.

Your certified translation must include the stamp or membership number of a professional translation association.

Translation of documents

Keep both the original proof of vaccination and the certified translation with you while you travel.

If your proof of vaccination doesn’t meet all of the requirements, it will be considered invalid. You will not qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller.

What is Not Accepted as Fully Vaccinated Traveller:

  • Partial Vaccination: You must have received at least 2 doses of an accepted vaccine, or a mix of 2 accepted vaccines, or at least 1 dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine to qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller and be allowed to enter Canada.
  • Recovered from COVID-19 with Only One Dose: If you’ve recovered from COVID-19, you still need at least 2 doses of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine or mix of 2 accepted vaccines.

    If you’ve only had one dose of an accepted vaccine other than Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), you don’t qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption.

  • If you do not qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption, you may still be able to enter Canada. Find out if you can enter Canada
Currently, Canada also requires a pre-entry test. See below under “Traveling to Canada”

Additionally, be sure to read the section on Pre-Entry Testing Requirement and ArriveCan Requirements below and on the Canadian website>>

 

Traveling to Canada

This is a rapidly changing environment, so we recommend checking the Canadian Vaccinated Travelers website for the latest information on these steps>>

In addition to being a fully vaccinated traveler, you must also follow these requirements and meet this checklist. Whether you’re driving or flying, have the following items with you for assessment by a government official at the border (land border crossings do not provide WiFi for travellers):

As of April 1, 2022: The COVID-19 testing requirement for entry to Canada was removed.

As of April 25, 2022: Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated children under the age of 12 are no longer required to provide a valid pre-entry test result, if they are accompanying a fully vaccinated adult.

 

The closest airport to the conference is the Montréal-Trudeau Airport (YUL), located approximately 23 km (14 miles) from the conference headquarters. It has direct flights from around 150 destinations and offered by 30 carriers. 

As of April 1, 2022, pre-entry tests will no longer be required for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada by land, air or water. Until then, follow the pre-entry test requirements. You must still use ArriveCAN before and after April 1.

Be sure to have all of your necessary documentation (passports, proof of vaccination, Canada Event Recognition Letter, etc.)

Current Border Wait Times>>

As of April 1, 2022, pre-entry tests will no longer be required for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada by land, air or water. Until then, follow the pre-entry test requirements. You must still use ArriveCAN before and after April 1.

People entering by land who were unaware of the mandatory use of ArriveCAN (see the Setting up ArriveCAN section) will be informed by a Border Services Officer of the mandatory requirements to submit their information through ArriveCAN and will be allowed to:

  • return to the U.S. to take the time to complete ArriveCAN and re-enter Canada after submitting it or
  • complete their ArriveCAN submission at the border crossing, if it is operationally feasible

People arriving by boat (including ferry) may use ArriveCAN to submit your proof of vaccination within 72 hours of arriving or when you enter Canada. Travellers arriving by boat must still provide a pre-entry test within 72 hours of their planned entry into Canada.

Be sure to have all of your necessary documentation (passports, proof of vaccination, Canada Event Recognition Letter, etc.)

Arriving in Canada

Transportation from Montréal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL):

  • The STM’s 747 shuttle bus from the airport to downtown Montréal is an economical choice at $10 per person. For more details on the bus and metro (subway) network, visit the STM site
  • Taxis are inexpensive and a comfortable way to get around. The conference’s hotels are located in downtown Montréal – a 35-40 minute taxi ride. An airport taxi ride will cost around $40.
  • The airport also has rental car suppliers.

Returning Home

Be sure to check your country’s requirements for returning. 

For the U.S.:
Guidance is evolving, so please review the latest from the U.S. Government on returning to the U.S.

Effective December 6, the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) order will require all air passengers two years of age and over entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19  viral test (NAAT or antigen test) result taken no more than 1 calendar day before departure, or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days. Airlines must confirm the negative test result or proof of recent recovery for all passengers prior to boarding. Airlines must deny boarding of passengers who do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery.  This order does not apply to land border crossing.   

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