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On this page you will find information about entry requirements, transportation options, hotels and accommodation.

TRAVEL

IMPORTANT: ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR CANADA


Please note that traveling to Canada requires advanced planning. If you do not already have status in Canada you will require either a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), unless you are a citizen of the United States.  You can determine whether you require an eTA or TRV here: Find out if you need a visa to travel to Canada - Canada.ca.

When applying for a TRV or eTA, you should request admission to Canada as a visitor. You do not require a work permit.


Depending on your nationality, you may be required to give your biometrics (fingerprints and photo). You can find out more about biometrics regulations here: Facts about biometrics - Canada.ca 


Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

If you need to apply for an eTA, the process costs CAD $7 and is generally very fast (a few minutes to several days). You can find information about applying for an eTA here: Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) - Canada.ca


Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)

If you need to apply for a Temporary Resident Visa, the process costs CAD $100 and can take many months. Please confirm that you are eligible and submit your application as soon as possible as wait times have been very long in recent weeks. You can find information about applying for a visa here: Visitor visa - Canada.ca


You can check recent visa processing times here: Check processing times - Canada.ca

We are happy to provide an official invitation letter to support your application to travel to Canada to attend the conference. If you require a visitor visa to attend the conference, please email conference@anhs-himalaya.org as soon as possible.


COVID 19-Related Entry Requirements

We will follow the pandemic situation closely and update the conference homepage and social media channels accordingly. Please check the requirements on the Government of Canada website regularly as you plan your travel: COVID-19: Travel, testing and borders - Canada.caCurrently all foreign nationals are required to be “fully vaccinated”. You can find information for what qualifies as fully vaccinated here: Travel to Canada: Requirements for COVID-19 vaccinated travellers - Canada.ca



AIR TRAVEL


There are 2 major Airports serving Toronto:


Toronto Pearson International Airport – YYZ

Visit YYZ airport website

Transport options to/from Toronto Pearson International Airport:


Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)

Express bus and subway service to downtown Toronto.

Cost: $3.25, purchase tickets inside at the vending machines before boarding.

Buses depart from Terminal 1 at the Ground Level, second curb, Column R4 and from Terminal 3 at Arrivals Level, third curb, Columns C8-C12.


Union Pearson Express

Express train service from Pearson Airport to Union Station in downtown Toronto.

Cost: $12.35, purchase tickets online or from a vending machine at the station before boarding.

Train departs from Terminal 1, directly adjacent to the Link Train service linking Terminals 1 and 3.


For more options see: Pearson Transportation and Parking


Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport – YTZ

Visit YTZ airport website


For transport options to/from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport see: Billy Bishop Plan Your Trip



LOCAL TRANSPORTATION


Toronto’s public transit options include bus, subway, streetcar, and paratransit services. Public transportation is overseen by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), and you can find information about routes and payment methods on their website: https://www.ttc.ca/


If you are interested in traveling by bike, Bike Share Toronto offers low-cost one- and three-day passes. For more information see their website: https://bikesharetoronto.com/


Toronto has a number of taxi companies including Beck Taxi and Co-op Cabs.



ACCOMMODATION


HOTELS


We have arranged courtesy conference rates with the following hotels in downtown Toronto. Please reserve your rooms directly with the hotel. 


Chelsea Hotel (33 Gerrard Street West, Toronto, M5G 1Z4):

The courtesy rate will be offered until September 13, 2022, however, please reserve as soon as possible as rooms are limited. The hotel is a 20 minute walk from University of Toronto campus. Conference Rate: $249.00 + tax per night.

To take advantage of this rate, reserve through this special booking link:  Himalaya Studies Conference - Chelsea Hotel TorontoIf making reservations by phone, be sure to identify yourself as part of University of Toronto or Group Res ID “HSC101222. The telephone number is toll free 1-800- CHELSEA (243-5732) or 416-595-1975.


Anndore House (15 Charles Street East Toronto, M4Y 1S1):

The courtesy rate will be offered until August 12, 2022, however, please reserve as soon as possible as rooms are limited. The hotel is a 10-15 minute walk from University of Toronto campus. Conference Rate: $250.00 + tax per night.

To take advantage of this rate, reserve through this special booking link: Himalaya Studies Conference - Anndore House. If making reservations by phone, be sure to identify yourself as part of “6th Himalaya Studies Conference”. The telephone number is toll free +1 833-745-8370 or 416-924-1222.


Kimpton Saint George (280 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1V8):

The courtesy rate will be offered until September 13, 2022, however, please reserve as soon as possible as rooms are limited. The hotel is a 5-10 minute walk from University of Toronto campus. Conference Rate: $279.00 + tax per night. To take advantage of this rate, reserve through this special booking link: Himalaya Studies Conference - Kimpton Saint GeorgeIf making reservations by phone, be sure to identify yourself as part of group code “A29” or by name “Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (ANHS)”. The telephone number is the toll free Central Reservations number +1 833-642-9137. 


We are working to secure courtesy rates at additional hotels and will continue to update this page.



OTHER OPTIONS


Airbnb and Vrbo are online platforms that connect private individuals who want to rent out a room, apartment, or whole house with people who are looking for short term accommodations. There are also a number of B&Bs (Bed and Breakfasts) in Toronto.











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