Depending on your nationality, obtaining a Visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) might be necessary in order to travel to Canada and attend the conference. Before leaving, please ensure that you have a valid passport and all necessary travel documents.

Visa Requirements

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Starting 15 March, 2016, citizens from countries other than the United States who do not need a visa to enter Canada will need to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) (at the cost of 7 $ CAD) before flying to or transiting through Canada.

  • Find out if you need a Visa.
  • Apply for an eTA
  • For more information about this new requirement, visit the eTA page for videos and fact sheets in multiple language.
Other travel documents
  • Information on the necessary traveling documents can be found here.


Arrive by Plane
  • An array of information and services is available upon arrival, including several options for making your way to the heart of the city: car rental and limousine transportation companies are on site as well as airport shuttles, like the 747 Express bus. Featuring 24-hour service, 7 days a week, 365-days a year, the 747 Express bus costs only $10. Two route options are available to you from the airport: destination Terminus Lionel-Groulx (a single stop; travel time from 25 to 35 minutes, depending on traffic) or destination Centre-ville (downtown) ( 11 stops; travel time from 45 to 70 minutes, depending on traffic; stops at hotels on boul. René-Lévesque; terminus stop at Berri-UQAM métro station). If you are going by taxi, a trip downtown will cost you a flat rate of $40, tip not included.
Arrive by Train
  • VIA Rail Canada serves more than 450 Canadian cities. If you are coming from the United States, hop aboard an Amtrak train, with daily departures from several American cities to downtown Montréal. Visitors pull into Montréal’s Central Station, which is conveniently linked to the Underground Pedestrian Network and the Bonaventure metro station.
Arrive by Bus
  • If you are planning a trip by bus, many American and Canadian operators come to Montréal, including Orléans Express. You will arrive directly downtown at the Montréal Bus Central Station, which is also connected to the Underground Pedestrian Network via the Berri-UQAM metro station.
Arrive by car
  • If you are travelling by car from elsewhere in Canada or the United States, Montréal can be easily accessed by highway. The island of Montréal is only 75 kilometres (46 miles) from the US border, and many roads and expressways lead to the city, including the Trans-Canada Highway. Depending on your point of origin, you may take one of the major bridges—Champlain, Jacques-Cartier or Victoria, or the Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine bridge tunnel—to head downtown.
  • For details on driving in Montréal, including information about driver’s licenses, right turns, road signs and parking, click here.