Travel/Visa

Travel/Visa

Visa
Many people do not require a visa to visit Canada.

These include: citizens of Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Botswana, Brunei, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel (National Passport holders only), Italy, Japan, Korea (Republic of), Latvia (Republic of), Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Portugal, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Solomon Islands, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Slovenia, Switzerland, United States, and Western Samoa; persons lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence who are in possession of their alien registration card (Green card) or can provide other evidence of permanent residence; British citizens and British Overseas Citizens who are re-admissible to the United Kingdom; citizens of British dependent territories who derive their citizenship through birth, descent, registration or naturalization in one of the British dependent territories of Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St. Helena or the Turks and Caicos Islands; persons holding a British National (Overseas) Passport issued by the Government of the United Kingdom to persons born, naturalized or registered in Hong Kong; persons holding a valid and subsisting Special Administrative Region passport issued by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China; persons holding passports or travel documents issued by the Holy See.

All other countries will need to apply for a visa to enter or transit in Canada.
Please visit www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/apply-how.asp in order to download the visa application package. You can obtain a letter of invitation on the Vancouver Design Week website.
 
Transportation
Vancouver has an unusually wide assortment of transportation options. Of course you can fly in and out of its world class international airport, YVR, ranked third in the world by business passengers. You can also drive in or come by bicycle, bus, train or ferry.

Public Buses
Catching a bus in Vancouver is easy and will get you to most places in a fast and efficient way. Fares must be paid in exact change as the bus conductors will not provide you with change. You can buy tickets or passes at stores or machines located throughout the city.

Be aware that passes will grant you certain concessions if you are within certain zones of the city. To get an idea of the zones, head to any of the ticket machines located at major bus terminals.

The best way to see Vancouver and not worry about zones, is to get a one day ticket past which allows you one day's worth of unlimited travel after 9.30am on weekdays and all day long on the weekends.

For more information please visit the BC Transit website.

Sky Train
This system, first created in 1986 during the hosting of the World Exposition, has been refined and enlarged. The 'skytrain' is a high speed monorail type system spanning the city. In order to travel across the Burrard Inlet to the Northshore (North Vancouver), Skytrain connects to a 'seabus' terminal.

For more information please visit the TransLink website.
 
Getting to and from the Airport
Taxi
Taxis are a quick and easy way to get to and from Vancouver International Airport. Taxis are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Taxis charge a metered rate based on time and distance. The approximate fare to downtown Vancouver is between $28-$32 (taxes included). No reservations are required for mini-vans or wheelchair accessible taxis.

Public Transportation
The Canada Line is Vancouver’s new rapid transit rail link connecting YVR to downtown Vancouver in 26 minutes and to downtown Richmond in 18 minutes. It’s a fast and easy way to get to the city centres. You can conveniently access trains from both the International and Domestic Terminals.

Canada Line’s YVR-Airport station is centrally located between the International and Domestic Terminals.