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In order to enter Canada to attend Wikimania 2017, you may need a visa or a Electronic Travel Authorization prior to entry.

If you need an Electronic Travel Authorization, you need to apply online prior to travel. Authorization is generally given in minutes, and there is a fee of CAD 7 (approx. USD 6 / € 6 / £ 5) to apply.

Citizens of Canada and of the United States of America[edit | edit source]

Visa entry requirements as of January 2016

Citizens of the United States of America and citizens of Canada (including citizens who hold dual nationality with Canada) do not need to apply for Electronic Travel Authorization and do not need a visa to enter Canada. Canadian dual citizens must enter Canada using their Canadian passport.

Visa exempt[edit | edit source]

Permanent residents of the United States of America who are not citizens, citizens of the European Union, Chile, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, as well as British overseas citizen do not need a visa but need to get an Electronic Travel Authorization online.

Visa entry requirements are subject to change, please check Citizenship and Immigration Canada's information center prior to making travel arrangements.

If you need a visa[edit | edit source]

If you need a visa, you will have to apply for a business visitor visa, even if you also intend to visit Canada as a tourist. The visa processing times vary from region to region and it is recommended you apply for your visa well in advance. The processing times are available on the CIC website here. Please note, if you are transiting in certain countries such as the United States and Schengen countries en route to Montréal, you may also be required to apply for a transit visa.

Note that your visa application's chance of success could be helped by providing documentation such as:

  • Travel bookings, return flight
  • Itinerary of visit
  • Confirmation of conference booking
  • Evidence you can support yourself financially while in Canada
  • Evidence of current employment or enrollment in education in home country

In addition, you may need an invitation letter as part of the process; the Wikimania 2017 organizing team will provide one for all scholarship recipients as well as for any registered attendee that requests one. More details about this will be forthcoming.

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