All foreign visitors desiring to enter Canada must have a valid passport. Depending on citizenship, and the duration and reasons for your stay, you may need to obtain a visa before coming to Canada. Additionally, as of March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens
and travelers with a valid visa
To apply you must have a valid passport, a credit card, and an email address.
Applying for an eTA is an easy online process that will take just a few minutes. It only costs $7 Canadian. Apply for eTA
Visitor Visa Requirements
As of July 31, 2018, you may need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) when you apply for a visitor visa if you are from Europe, the Middle East or Africa
. Find out if these changes may apply to you.
Visa Exempt Countries
Several countries are designated as visa exempt (but are still required to obtain an eTA). For more information and a complete list visit: www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/entry-requirements-country.html
To locate the nearest Canadian Embassy or Consulate, please follow this link: travel.gc.ca/assistance/embassies-consulates
Visa Wait Times
Citizens of other countries must carry a valid passport and visa to enter Canada. Foreign participants should contact the Canadian Embassy, Consulate, or Office of Tourism in their home country as soon as possible
to determine their particular visa requirements. Participants requiring visas must initiate the application process many months in advance of their departure date.
To view the current wait times at the Embassy or Consulate that you are applying through, please visit: www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/times/
Conference Invitation Letter
If you are in need of a letter confirming your participation in the MEMS 2020 Conference, please complete the Visa Letter Request Form
. You must register for the MEMS 2020 Conference before the letter will be sent.
If, for some reason, your visa application is denied, your registration fees will be refunded to you in full when appropriate documentation is given.