Vancouver Information

Currency

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.

Customs

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.

Language

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.

Temperature

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

Tax

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).

Tipping

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
Canada

Voltage

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

Important Dates

January 6, 2017
Abstract Submission Closes

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

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