Event coordinated by the Hepatitis B Foundation

Visa Information and Entry Requirements

Travel Information

For current information about COVID travel restrictions in Canada, click here. 

COVID-19: Travel, testing, quarantine and borders

Fully vaccinated foreign nationals will be allowed to enter Canada for discretionary travel on the following dates if they meet specific criteria:

  • August 9: American citizens and permanent residents of the United States, currently residing in and arriving from the United States, and who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveler exemption
  • September 7 (tentative): All other foreign nationals who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveler exemption

Steps to follow before your trip

To qualify for the fully vaccinated traveler exemption, you must also follow these requirements

Testing while in Canada for re-entry

HCP Diagnostics will be conducting PCR and antigen tests at the Sheraton for onsite attendees Tuesday, September 28 - Thursday, September 30 from 11:30-2:30pm. The cost of the test is $180 CDN + tax, which will be collected by HCP Diagnostics before testing.

Switch Health ($160 CDN + tax) - Toronto Downtown Clinic - 82 Peter Street, Toronto, ON M5V 2G5 (1km from Sheraton)

Life Labs ($199 CDN+ tax) - Shoppers Drug Mart #1320 - 388 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K2 (.8km from Sheraton)

                                     - Shoppers Drug Mart #822 - 700 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5G 1Z6 (.8km from Sheraton)

Prior to traveling to Canada for 2021 International HBV Meeting, 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.

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Important Information For All International Travelers

Citizens from countries other than the United States who do not need a visa to enter Canada will need to obtain an ELECTRONIC TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION (eTA) before flying to or transiting through Canada.

The eTA process is similar to that of the United States ESTA: travelers apply individually online here. Each individual must pay CAD $7 by Visa, Mastercard or American Express, and their eTA is valid for 5 years. Travel agents can apply for their clients, but they cannot charge a fee for this service.
For more information about this new requirement, visit the eTA page for videos and fact sheets in multiple language.

Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA)

Canada has introduced a new entry requirement, known as an eTA, for visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada by air. As of March 15, 2016, this entry requirement will become mandatory and travellers will need an eTA before they can board a flight to Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid visa. Entry requirements for other methods of travel (land, sea) have not changed.

To find out if you need an eTA and to apply, please visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/

Please note there are many countries where visas for Canada are required, so check Canada’s List of Countries Requiring a Visa for Entry to clarify your Visa requirements online at: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp

For average visa processing times please visit: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/times/

For additional information on what is required to visit Canada, please visit the following website: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/index.asp

For official instructions on visiting Canada and applying for a visa, please visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/index.asp



Helpful hints about the visa process:

  • Application for a visa can be made only 9 months in advance of the date of entry. This means that if you intend being in Toronto for September 2021, the earliest date for a visa application is January 2021.

  • Preparations can begin at least one year in advance from September 2021.


USA Visa Requirements


Visa Invitation Letters

The 2021 International HBV Meeting Secretariat would be pleased to provide letters of invitation to Delegates registered for the conference 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 Meeting.

For registration, please click visit the Registration Portal. Please note that while the letter will be an official invitation, applicants are responsible for all costs of attending the Meeting. 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 Meeting 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 info@hbvmeeting.org