Visa request information : travelling to Canada
Since processing times for obtaining a Canadian visa are up to 200 days for some countries, we are no longer able to provide a letter of invitation to anyone from a country with this length of processing time. We are strongly encouraging you to register to participate virtually.
Creating a rewarding conferencing experience for both attendees joining physically in Montréal and those joining virtually is thus important to us !
Visitors entering Canada will be required to present a valid passport and, in some cases, a visa. Canada has also introduced a new requirement, known as the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA), for entry for some international travelers flying to Canada. All visitors must ensure that they have all the necessary documents in their possession before entering the country.
To check and find out all the requirements for travelling to Canada from your place of residence, please visit Immigration and Citizenship Canada.
If you need a visa to enter in Canada, we strongly encourage you start the procedure right now as processing times can be very long.
Please register to the conference and say “Yes” to the question “Do you need a letter of support for your visa application to come to Canada?”
We will then provide you with the letter as well as a code that has to be used for your visa request once the registration form and payment have been received and validated by the Conference Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To know more about which visa you require to enter Canada and how to request a visa, please download and read carefully the below document.
Getting to Montréal
Montréal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL) is a 20-minute drive from downtown.
Upon arrival at the airport, you will find many options for getting to your hotel or the Palais des congrès. Car rental, limousine and taxi services are available, as is the 24-hour 747 Express bus. This option will cost you $10 and will drop you off at one of nine downtown stops in about 40-60 minutes. Taxis from the airport to the city centre offer a flat rate of $41 (this does not include tip).
Montréal’s Central Station is located in the heart of the city. Connected to many Canadian and American cities, the station offers direct access to the underground pedestrian network as well as to the Bonaventure metro station and other public transportation such as buses and taxis.
Bus travelers will arrive directly downtown at Montréal’s central bus station, with access to the Berri-UQAM metro station (and from there to the underground pedestrian network) as well as to city buses and taxis.
The island of Montréal is 75 kilometres (46 miles) from the US border and the Trans-Canada Highway runs through the city.
Traveler’s Tip: Canada uses the metric system so the speed limit is indicated in kilometres per hour (km/h) and gasoline is sold by the litre (L). It is also important to mention that Montréal is located in a French-speaking province, so most road signs are in French.
It is also strictly forbidden to turn right at a red light on the island of Montréal or to use a mobile phone while driving.
It is important that you contact your insurance company before you leave to ensure that you have adequate medical coverage while in Montréal. If you are not covered by provincial health insurance, you will have to pay for medical services either through private insurance or out of pocket.
The legal currency is the Canadian dollar (CA$). Banknotes are CA$5, CA$10, CAD20, CAD50 and CA$100. Coins are 5, 10 and 25 cents, as well as 1 and 2 dollars. Bank and credit cards are also accepted almost everywhere.
It is generally customary to tip restaurant waiters and taxi drivers 10% to 20% of the bill, before taxes. Grooms in hotels are usually given CA$2 per suitcase.
The applicable tax is the provincial harmonized sales tax (HST) of 13%. A municipal accommodation tax of 4% also applies to your hotel reservations.
In october, the average temperature is between 16° and 17° Celsius.
The AF2023 organization closely follows public health recommendations in order to provide you with a safe event. Visit the Government of Canada website to learn more about the health requirements for entering Canada.
For all enquiries, please use the contact details below. Please note that our opening hours are Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5.30pm.
Congress Secretariat – JPdL International
1555 Peel St Suite 500,
Montréal, QC H3A 3L8, Canada
Phone:514-287-1070 ext. 222