Travel Information

Travel Grant Applications Now Closed

The deadline to submit a travel grant application was January 6, 2017 11:59 (CDT). Successful Travel Grant Awardees and recipients of the free International Congress delegate registrations will be notified in March 2017.

The Travel Grant Award is intended to aid in delegate participation of the International Congress; therefore, Travel Grant funds will only be processed after the International Congress to ensure that attendance at the International Congress can be verified for all Travel Grant Awardees.

Processing of Travel Grants

Travel Grant claims filed prior to June 1, 2017 will be processed within 30 days after the International Congress.

Travel Grant claims filed after June 1, 2017 will be processed by the MDS International Secretariat within 30 days of receiving the completed claim forms.

Travel Grant claims must be filed within the same calendar year as the International Congress; claims for the 2017 International Congress that are filed after December 31, 2017 will not be processed.

For More Information

Please contact the MDS International Secretariat at with any questions.

Vancouver Information


The Canadian Dollar is the currency of Canada. Visitors should use Canadian Dollars when traveling within Canada.  Only US Dollars and Canadian Dollars will be accepted as cash payment for any onsite registrations at the 21st International Congress registration desk.


If you plan to bring any materials into Canada (poster tubes included), please read this letter to facilitate the customs process with Canada Border Services Agency.


While Canada has two official languages – English and French – English is the predominant language in the West. The official language of the 21st International Congress is English.

Passports and Visas

Advance travel planning and early visa application are important, since visa applications are subject to a greater degree of scrutiny than in the past. It is strongly suggested that all attendees contact their local embassy to determine the travel documents they will need to visit Canada.

Starting in March 2016, nationals from visa-exempt countries who are flying or transit through Canada will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). The exception is for U.S. citizens and travelers with a valid visa for Canada. The online authorization process only takes a few minutes and costs CAD $7. The authorization is valid for five years or until your passport expires.

For more information on the requirements for travel to the Canada, please visit the following websites:

Personal Insurance

It is recommended that all attendees take out a personal travel and health insurance policy for their trip to the 21st International Congress in Vancouver, BC, Canada.


Vancouver has a comfortable climate all year round.  The temperature in Vancouver in June averages 12-20 degrees Celsius (53 - 67 degrees Fahrenheit).


Most purchases in British Columbia will be subject to a 7% Provincial Sales Tax (PST) and a 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST), with the exception of liquor (10% GST).


Some properties and resort hotels include tips or gratuities with tours group to simplify bookkeeping. This will usually include gratuities for housekeeping, bell service and food service. If meals are included in the price, a customary gratuity will be calculated at 15%. 

When dining out at restaurants, visitors should be advised that the standard tip for good service is between 15 and 20%. If you are dining in a group of eight or more people, it’s standard for a restaurant to automatically add a gratuity of 18% to your bill. Tipping for counter service is not expected. Other services that regularly attract tips are spa treatments, hair and nail services, and taxis—15% is standard in each case.

Vancouver Activities and Attractions

Vancouver offers countless sights, activities and event options to keep you busy during your stay. Visit the Tourism Vancouver website for ideas on what to do!

If you would like to schedule a guided tour, please inquire directly with a local sightseeing company.  Please note that the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society is not responsible for the tours. Click here to download a map of Downtown Vancouver.

Venue of 21st International Congress

Vancouver Convention Center – WEST
1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3


Electricity in Canada is 110 volt AC (alternating current), as in the United States.

Important Dates

April 3, 2017
Early Registration Deadline

May 2, 2017
Final Pre-Registration Deadline

June 4-8, 2017
21st International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders