The Organizing Committee understands the struggle that many nationals will live during their path towards the obtention of a Canadian visa. We are aware that this process is not easy and that we are committed to break as many barriers as humanly possible for the delegates. However participants must be equally committed to comply with early deadlines and monetary expenses that might be needed in order to obtain said visa.
Please be aware that information presented hereafter are for general information only and do not at any time replace the information available on Immigration and Citizenship Canada website or any of the information provided by an officer of a visa office.
While the OC will do everything in its power to provide timely information and to facilitate processes for international delegates, it is important to understand that the due process of visa applications will need to be respected and that we are not able to guarantee that all participants will be awarded visas as this is contingent on international diplomatic relations.
An official invitation letter will be available for all delegates once they are registered and approved.
eTA: a new requirement to enter Canada
If your country does not require a visa, you will probably still require an eTA (electronic Travel Authorization). All delegates who are not Canadian or US citizens will require an eTA. It costs $7,00 CAD and can be applied for entirely online. No invitation letter is required for an eTA and they are often granted within minutes of application, though they can take up to several days if extra documents are required. We recommend that delegates apply for an eTA before booking their flights. The process is quite simple:
More information and where to actually apply can be obtained here by selecting your passport country of delivrance: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta-form-help.asp and a video can be watched at the following link:
DO I NEED A VISA TO COME TO THE GA?
If you are a national of the following countries, you need a visa to enter Canada:
|Brazil||Bulgaria||Burkina Faso||Burma (Myanmar)|
|Central African Republic||Chad||China||Colombia|
|Comoros||Congo (DRC)||Congo (Republic of)||Costa Rica|
|East Timor||Ecuador||Egypt||El Salvador|
|Maldives Islands||Mali||Marshall Islands||Mauritania|
|Rwanda||Sao Tomé e Principe||Saudi Arabia||Senegal|
|South Africa||South Sudan||Sri Lanka||St Kitts and Nevis|
|St Lucia||St Vincent and the Grenadines||Sudan||Surinam|
|Trinidad and Tobago||Tunisia||Turkey||Turkmenistan|
|Tuvalu||Uganda||Ukraine||United Arab Emirates|
It is obviously impossible for us to provide you with all the requirements and specificities that the Government of Canada will ask of you to obtain visa, since this is person and country specific. We are therefore providing you with the link that will orient you in the right direction: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp. Be reminded that at any point in time, this information might be obsolete and that this is out of our control. Delegates should always refer to the Government of Canada’s website.
If your country does not have a Canadian embassy on its territory, please refer to the following table to orient yourself in the right direction: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/offices/vac.asp
You might be able to apply for a visa online. Please visit the following link and fill the form to learn more: http://www.cic.gc.ca/ctc-vac/getting-started.asp
If you need to give biometrics (such as fingerprints and photo), DO NOT mail your documents! You need to go in person to you national or regional Visa Application Center. Find out if you need biometrics here: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/biometrics.asp
Dos and don’ts of an easier visa application:
- Do start as early as possible! We understand that national guidelines for registration vary from NMOs to NMOs and that participation to a GA can be last minute, but if you require a visa you absolutely need to start the process as soon as you possibly can;
- Do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you identify a problem where we can help (such as providing supporting documents, invitation letters, justification letters, etc.). We are committed to answer your request as quickly as possible.
- Do not wait to the last minute to contact us. As yourself, we are medical students that might be in the OR for a x4 CABG of 6 hours or doing a 2-hour long psychiatric evaluation and might not be able to answer your request within the minute.
- Before contacting us for a question specific to your situation, do contact your national authorities and the nearest Canadian Visa Application Center that, as an adult, independent and smart medical student, you have already searched on the website. If the situation is too specific, we will have anyway to redirect you to this office.
You now have everything you need to enter Canada: HURRAY!
BUT, there are restrictions to what you can enter Canada with. Please read carefully:
Alcohol and cigarettes restriction: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/atl-lat-eng.html
In short, each person coming to Canada cannot import more than 1.5 L of wine OR 1.14 L of liquor OR 8.5 L of beer. If you are coming with more than $10 000 CAD cash with you, you need to specify it in your declaration. More information on restrictions of goods and tips on enterning Canada can be accessed here: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/ivc-rnc-eng.html