Travel Information

Participants are encouraged to arrive in Ottawa at least one day in advance of the beginning of their course in order to rest from their travel, and to get oriented to the university setting.

Please alert the IPDET Secretariat to your travel plans as soon as they are finalized. Although there are direct flights to Ottawa from many European capital cities, many flights from Europe, South East Asia or Central or Latin America are routed through Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver. There are many short haul flights from these major centres to Ottawa. For your ready reference, local Canadian carriers include Air Canada, and WestJet. You may also wish to take a train or bus from Toronto or Montreal. Please see Via Rail train schedules or Greyhound bus schedules for current information.

The Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada by air became mandatory March 15, 2016. Travellers need an eTA before they can board a flight to Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid visa. Entry requirements for other methods of travel (land, sea) have not changed. Eligible travellers can apply online for an eTA.

Most participants will require a Temporary Resident Visa to enter Canada and attend IPDET. The visa process can be lengthy, and we urge you to begin the visa application process as soon as you receive notification of acceptance into the program.

Please click here to determine if you require an eTA or a visa to enter Canada. Please contact the Canadian Embassy or High Commission located in your country to receive information about obtaining a visa document. For a list of countries and corresponding Canadian visa offices, please follow this link.

Each participant must make his/her own travel arrangements. Ottawa is a popular tourist destination and you are encouraged to make your plans as soon as possible.