Air Travel

Madrid-Barajas Airport control tower

Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport (code IATA: YOW, code ICAO: CYOW) is located 10 kilometres south of Ottawa city centre.

Airport Transfers

There are a variety of options for getting from Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier Airport to your hotel available on the airport’s website:

International Visitors

Planning Your Arrival Into Canada

For international passengers, we suggest that you try to allow yourself at least a day in which to adjust to the time difference and relax after your flight before the International Society of Hip Arthroscopy 2020 ASM commences.

Entry Requirements

Many visitors to Canada need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a visitor visa. Delegates can find out if they need an eTA or a visa and if they need to give biometrics.

While some delegates may not need an eTA or a visa to visit or transit through Canada, they will still need to:

 The eTA application process

Applying for an eTA is a simple and inexpensive (CAD $7) online process that will take just a few minutes. Most eTA-eligible applicants will get their authorization within minutes of submitting the online form.

If you need an eTA, you should:

  • get it when you plan your trip – do not wait for the last minute to apply (see Travel documents), and
  • travel to Canada with the passport they used to get their eTA.

Find out if you need an eTA.

 The visa application process

You can:

For full information on Entry into Canada please visit the following website:

Being in Possession of a Valid Passport or Travel Document

All international travellers must carry acceptable identification and a valid visa (if necessary) when entering Canada. A passport is recommended because it is the only reliable and universally accepted travel and identification document for the purpose of international travel. International transport companies, such as airlines, must make sure that travellers have proper, valid travel documents. If you do not have the proper documents, you may be delayed or unable to board the plane. What you need will depend on where you are from, how you are travelling, and what documents you are travelling with. Consult entry requirements by country.

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. Visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website to learn more about what travel documents are required.

Citizens of the U.S. who are members of the NEXUS program may present their membership card as proof of identification and as a document that denotes citizenship, when arriving by air (when coming from the U.S.), land, or marine modes.

Citizens of the U.S. who are members of the FAST program may use their cards as proof of identity when arriving by land and marine modes only.

Permanent residents of the U.S. who are members of the NEXUS or FAST programs must travel with a passport and proof of permanent residence, and may be asked to present these documents to the officer upon arrival at the border.

Permanent residents of the U.S. who are members of NEXUS also need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) when flying to or transiting through Canada. Citizens of the U.S. and Canada are exempted.

All visitors arriving from or transiting through the U.S. are encouraged to visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website for information concerning the U.S. Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, and the requirements to enter or return to the U.S.

The ISHA 2020 Organisers hold no responsibility for visa applications.

Invitation Letters

ISHA 2020 will offer invitation letters to persons who have registered and paid the complete registration fee. The letter will provide proof of registration and proof of payment.

It should be understood an invitation is intended to help potential participants obtain a visa. It is not a commitment on the part of the ISHA 2020 ASM to provide any financial support.

You may request such a letter on the online registration form or from the ISHA 2020 Registration Office at


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