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As of March 15th, the eTA is a new entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada by air. 

It's a very simple process and please  visit here to learn more!

NOTE:  US Citizens DO NOT require an eTA but US Permanent Residents DO require one. 




If you are arriving by air, you will be flying into Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Located just 25 minutes from downtown, YVR was named the Best Airport in North America in 2013 and ranks 8th worldwide, making it the only North American airport to be ranked in the top 10. The airport is a major hub for international travel, with good connections by a host of airlines to all major North American and International cities. Visit YVR Website for more information.


The Star Alliance member airlines are pleased to be appointed as the Official Airline Network for 28TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF PEDIATRICS.

To obtain the Star Alliance Conventions Plus discounts please visit Conventions Plus online booking Site

Registered Event participants plus one accompanying person travelling to the Event qualify for a discount of up to 20%, depending on fare and class of travel booked. The participating airlines for this Event are: ANA, Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EVA Airways, EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, TAP Portugal, THAI, Turkish Airlines, United.

Discounts are offered on most published business and economy class fares, excluding website/internet fares, senior and youth fares, group fares and Star Alliance Round the World fares.

The following Star Alliance airlines are offering special discounts for travel to/from Japan: Special Offers for Japan are available from : Air New Zealand, Turkish Airlines.

To obtain these discounts for travel to/from Japan please contact the respective Star Alliance member airlines’ booking office. Contact details can be found on www.staralliance.com/conventionsplus/delegates/ under “Conventions Plus Booking Contacts”. Please quote the following Event code AC12S16 for ticket reservation.

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Rail travel is another great option and a memorable way to travel. Pacific Central Station is located in downtown Vancouver and offers routes to destinations across Canada and the Pacific Northwest. VIA RailAmtrak, and Rocky Mountaineer all offer rail service to and from Vancouver.

Train Times
Vancouver–Seattle ➔ 4 hours
Vancouver–The Rockies ➔ 18 hours
North Vancouver–Whistler ➔ 2.5 hours


Delegates attending the congress from Canadian and U.S. destinations may choose to drive. If you are travelling from the United States, you can drive across the border. Interstate 5 (I-5) from Seattle becomes Highway 99 across the Canada/U.S. border. This highway leads directly to Vancouver.

Driving Times
Vancouver–Whistler ➔ 2 hours (120 km/75 mi)
Vancouver–Seattle ➔ 3 hours (235 km/145 mi)
Vancouver-Calgary ➔ 12 hours (970 km/600 mi)

 Visa Information

Canada has a well-earned reputation for public safety, fair business practices, racial tolerance, and generous hospitality. As with any international travel, IPA delegates will require a valid passport to visit Canada.

Prior to traveling to Canada for IPA 2016 Congress, please review Citizenship and Immigration Canada's List of Countries Requiring a Visa for Entry to clarify your Visa requirements.

The Conference Organizers recommend that if required, you apply for a visa as soon as your attendance is confirmed, as visa requests can often take months to process.

***Important - United States Visa Requirements*** - Prior to booking your flight, please note that if your flight includes a stop-over in the United States, you may require an additional visa in order to enter the US. Please review the US Department of State website for details on which countries require visas for entry: Visa Waiver Program (VWP).

The IPA 2016 Congress Secretariat would be pleased to provide letters of invitation to Delegates registered for the IPA 2016 Congress to assist in their visa applications for travel to Canada. In order to be issued an invitation letter, the participant must be registered for the Conference.

Letters of Invitation will not be issued to Accompanying Persons. Please note that while the letter will be an official invitation, applicants are responsible for all costs of attending the Conference and applying for a visa.

Application for a visa must be made by the person to whom this letter is addressed, and directly to the appropriate Canadian Embassy/High Commission. The Congress Secretariat will not apply for a visa on your behalf.

For details, please visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website: www.cic.gc.ca. Once your registration is complete, please send your request for a Letter of Invitation to registration@ipa2016.com.

Letters of Invitation

All Letters of Invitation have been issued. Due the proximity of the event we will not be issuing further letters. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us at registration@ipa2016.com.