The Psychonomic Society
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TRAVELING TO CANADA
2013 Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting
Have Proper Identification
Make sure you carry proper identification for yourself and any children travelling with you to assist in confirming your legal right or authorization to enter Canada upon your arrival.
If you do not have a passport, the US processing times are running between 4-6 weeks (as of May 10, 2013) http://travel.state.gov/passport/processing/processing_1740.html.
You will be asked to complete a Customs Declaration Card before entering Canada (http://www.cbsa.gc.ca/publications/forms-formulaires/e311-eng.pdf). You will complete it before entering customs and present it to the officer at the customs desk. The officer will ask you why you are travelling to Canada and you can tell them you are visiting to attend the Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting.
Allow 90 minutes to go through Customs. It is hard to predict when the lines are going to be long so plan for plenty of time in order to get to your gate in plenty of time.
Identification for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
For all modes of entry, we recommend you carry a valid passport for all travel abroad, including visits to Canada from the United States. A passport may be required by your airline or alternative transportation authority, as it is the only universally-accepted identification document.
Citizens and permanent residents of the United States who are members of the NEXUS (http://www.cbsa.gc.ca/prog/nexus/menu-eng.html) or FAST (http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/trusted_traveler/fast/) programs may present their membership cards to the CBSA as proof of identity and as documents that denote citizenship, when arriving by land or marine modes only.
All visitors arriving from or transiting through the United States are encouraged to visit www.cbp.gov for information concerning the U.S. Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, and the requirements to enter or return to the United States.
Identification for International Visitors
The Government of Canada requires that all travellers carry a valid passport because it is the only reliable and universally-accepted travel and identification document for the purpose of international travel. International transportation companies such as airlines may require travellers to present a passport. Therefore, travellers may face delays or may not be allowed to board the aircraft or other mode of transportation, if they present other documents.
When you enter Canada, a border services officer will ask to see your passport and a valid visa (if you are arriving from a country for which one is required).
Traveling with Minors
Border services officers watch for missing children, and may ask detailed questions about any minors travelling with you.
We recommend that parents who share custody of their children carry copies of their legal custody documents, such as custody rights. If you share custody and the other parent is not travelling with you, or if you are not the parent or legal guardian, we recommend you carry a consent letter to provide authorization for you to take them on a trip and enter Canada.
A consent letter must include the custodial parents' or legal guardians' full name, address and telephone number. Some travellers chose to have the consent letter notarized to further support its authenticity, especially if they are undertaking a significant trip and want to avoid any delay. (http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/children/consent-letter)
When travelling with a group of vehicles, parents or guardians should arrive at the border in the same vehicle as their children or any minors they are accompanying.
For more tips on travelling with children, consult the fact sheet.
Websites of Interest
Do you need an invitation letter to attend the Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting? If so, please provide the following information:
Please send this information in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow 7-10 days for generation of the invitation letter.