Travel & Visa

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Discover Vancouver

Canadian Entry and Health Requirements

Depending on where you live, you may need to meet certain entry requirements to visit Canada. Please note that the information below is provided in good faith as a service to potential attendees. Be advised that regulations may change and that the only authoritative source of information is the Government of Canada website. It is the attendee's responsibility to verify this information with official resources.

Please visit Visit Canada for full details on official entry requirements for visitors to Canada.


All travellers must use the ArriveCAN app to provide mandatory travel information required prior to entry into Canada. Please make sure to use the latest version of ArriveCAN. If you previously submitted your information using an older version of ArriveCan, you must update to the latest version and resubmit your information.

Download the ArriveCAN app

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Visa-exempt foreign nationals—excluding U.S. citizens—now require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to, or transit through, Canada.

Apply for an eTA

Visitor Visa

To determine if you need a Visitor’s Visa to enter Canada, visit and complete the short questionnaire.

Apply for a Visitor’s Visa

If you require a visa to enter Canada, you will need a letter of invitation from IEEE ISPSD 2022. The Letter of Invitation does not constitute an application for a Visa; we cannot guarantee that it will enable you to obtain a Visa.

Request a Letter of Invitation for IEEE ISPSD 2022

COVID-19 Considerations

As of April 1, 2022, there will be no requirement for pre-departure Covid testing for fully vaccinated visitors to Canada. Visitors who are not fully vaccinated must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test taken within 72 hours of your flight to Canada’s scheduled departure time or proof of negative antigen test taken outside of Canada no more than 1 day before your scheduled flight to Canada. Bookmark the link below for future reference as these requirements may change between now and ISDPD 2022.

COVID information for travellers

In addition, travellers may be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to their return flight home. Check your national and airline regulations to see if this is required. COVID-19 testing is generally available in Canada to meet entry requirements for other countries.

Discover Vancouver

For detailed visitor and travel information about Vancouver, please visit Destination Vancouver.

Whether you’ve been to Vancouver before or not, make sure to get out and about at the end of the day. You won’t be disappointed!

It’s never too early to start thinking about where to eat. With an amazing dining scene that satisfies all tastes and budgets, Vancouver is sure to provide memorable meals.

Whether you want to explore the city in your off hours or are bringing friends and family looking for things to do, make sure to check the variety of options available before you leave home.



Most conference attendees will be arriving by air into Vancouver International Airport (YVR) which is located only 25 minutes from the downtown core. The airport has service to over 100 destinations in over 20 countries. For COVID related questions related to the airport, please look here.

Air Canada is happy to partner with IEEE ISPSD 2022 and offer discounted rates for attendees! To book a flight with your promotion code, flights must be directly booked using using the promotion code W7U8F471 in the search panel. Terms and conditions apply. The code is only valid for travel to YVR - Vancouver, BC between May 15th and June 2nd, 2022.

Airport Transportation

This link describes several options on transportation options from the airport.


Local temperatures are mild so dress in light layers. Make sure to pack a rain jacket and umbrella. Plan to layer on warmer clothes for visiting the nearby mountains. Vancouver is a great place to explore on foot so bring good walking shoes!

In late May, the average high temperature is 18˚C (65˚F) and the average low temperature is 11˚C (52˚F). British Columbia’s coastal climate is the most moderate in Canada, but expect rain — it is overcast or mostly cloudy 56 percent of the time.