40th Congress of the Société Internationale d'Urologie
October 7-11, 2020, Montreal, Canada
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What you should know

Official Venue

Palais des congrès de Montréal
1001 Jean Paul Riopelle Pl
Montréal, QC H2Z 1H5
Canada

Airport 

Montréal is serviced by Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

The airport is accessible by taxi, uber, train or city bus (route 747).

Badges

You may pick up your badges at the Palais des congrès de Montréal starting on Wednesday, October 7th.  

Registration Hours
Wednesday, October 7: 0700-1700
Thursday, October 8: 0700-1700
Friday, October 9: 0700-1700
Saturday, October 10: 0700-1700
Sunday, October 11: 0700-1600

Climate

The average temperature in Montréal in October is 13° / 6° Celsius (55 / 43ºF), with an average of 10 rainy days.

Currency

The main form of currency is the Canadian Dollar ($). For current exchange rates, click here.  The goods and services tax (GST) is a value-added tax that is levied by the federal government. That rate is set nationally at 5 percent. The provincial sales tax is a value-added tax that is levied by some provinces, including Quebec. Quebec's provincial sales tax rate is 9.975 percent (source).

Electricity

Entry Requirements

Please be sure to check the visa requirements for your country at the nearest Canadian consulate, embassy or website as these vary from country to country.

Please allow enough time for visa applications. Refunds will not be given to participants who were unable to obtain the necessary paperwork for entry.

Language

Canada has two official languages: English and French. Montréal is a mostly-francophone city; however, English is widely spoken.

Letter of Invitation

Letters of invitation can be created by clicking here.

The sole purpose of an invitation letter is to facilitate delegates’ visa arrangements and does not imply financial or other support by the organizers. All expenses incurred in relation to the Congress are the sole responsibility of the delegate.

The SIU will not contact embassies or consulates on behalf of applicants.

It is the delegate’s responsibility to allow adequate time to make visa arrangements. 

Visa and Travel Information

Submission of Applications

Canada does not have a visa office in every country so it is important that delegates visit the website of the Canadian visa office responsible for processing their visa application. Information is available on the website on how to submit a visa application and the documentation required.

Processing times for visa applications vary depending on the visa office and the time of the year. Participants are encouraged to apply approximately 12 weeks in advance of their departure date to ensure they receive the visa in time.

Electronic Applications (e-Apps).

Submission at a Visa Application Centre (VAC) 
(In person or by mail)

  • This system allows clients to submit applications online.
  • Delegates that choose to apply on-line will not have to submit their passport until requested to do so by a visa officer.
  • The visa office will send the applicant instructions on how and where to send their passports to finalize the visa process.
  • VACs are commercial service providers authorized by Canada to provide specific services to applicants.
  • VACs provide a number of services to clients, including help applicants fill out forms, answer questions and ensure that applications are complete.
  • Reduces unnecessary delays or refusals due to incomplete applications.
  • VACs serve as a collection point for applicants required to provide a biometric.
  • VACs send applications to visa offices and transmit decisions to applicants in a secure and confidential manner.
  • VACs do not process visa applications and have no decision-making authority.

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

As of November 10, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals are expected to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens, and travelers with a valid Canadian visa. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents are not eligible to apply for an eTA.

Taxi

Taxis operate a 24-hour service with a typically short wait time. They can be hailed down on the street or otherwise picked up at taxi stands around major tourist squares. You can also book one calling the taxi company directly. Fares are charged with a meter after an average base rate of $3.50 is applied. The average tariff is $1.75 per km; however, there are set rates for taxis travelling from the airport to the downtown core (average $40).

Tipping

Tipping in Canada is common practice. At restaurants, servers are typically tipped between 15% and 20%. Taxi drivers can be tipped around 10% of the fare, and hotel workers (bell hops, valet, housekeeping) can expect $2 to $5 per interaction.