There are many reasons planners should set their sights north of the border: English is widely spoken, the exchange rate is currently favorable, and each of the 10 provinces and three territories has its own distinct character. However, there are a few things to consider before meeting in Canada.
Passports and Visas
One of the most confusing aspects is knowing whether or not a U.S. citizen is required to have a passport to enter Canada. The answer is: no… and yes. U.S. citizens are only required to possess a birth certificate and government-issued photo ID to enter Canada. However, the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative requires anyone entering (or re-entering) the United States to possess a valid passport or NEXUS card.
If your attendees are coming from several different countries, it’s best to start your research by looking into whether or not they’ll need an Electronic Travel Authorization, which is basically a visitor visa.
Embassies and Consulates
Planning to bring samples with you or need to ship items into the country for use at a convention? American citizens can access information and services regarding customs by contacting a U.S. consulate in Canada to find out the requirements.