There are daily direct flights to Vancouver, Canada, from many major airports around the world

YVR, Vancouver’s International Airport, with more than a dozen international flights flying out everyday is located roughly 25 minutes from Downtown Vancouver.  

There are many taxis located at the airport, use one of the taxi stands located on level 2.

OMCOS 2021 - international connections
OMCOS 2021 - North American connections


Public transit is available from the airport via the Canada Line SkyTrain, which will take you downtown in 26 minutes. 

In addition to the Canada Line, Vancouver has two other Skytrain lines, Millennium and Expo, that connect the Greater Vancouver Area.

Schedules, fares and maps are available on the Translink website.

OMCOS 2021 - Skytrain Map

Requirements for Entering Canada

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.

If you travel by land or sea, you do not need an eTA. However, you must always travel with acceptable travel documents and identification.

  • To find out if you require an eTA or visa to travel to Canada click here and select your country of origin
  • For eTA Exemptions, click here.
  • eTA applications costs $7.00 CAD and is paid after you complete the ETA form. Most applications are approved within minutes. 

Invitation Letter

All delegates are advised to obtain and submit an official Letter of Invitation from the congress organizers to help facilitate the immigration process. Please note that Letters of Invitation are only issued to registered and paid/approved delegates. If you have registered and paid, but have not received your invitation letter, please contact the OMCOS secretariat at

Traveling with Children

We recommend that delegates travelling with children contact Nannies on Call if in need of babysitting service. Nannies on Call can be contacted by telephone at 1-877-214-2828 or online. Nannies can be booked up to one month in advance.

Trip Planning

To plan your trip with Vancouver transit, please follow this link.