Passport & Entry Information for the 2015 RVAA Executive Conference

The 2015 RVAA Executive Conference will be held August 17-21st in Vancouver Canada.

PASSPORT REQUIREMENT FOR U.S. CITIZENS:

A valid U.S. Passport is required for U.S. Citizens to enter Canada and/or to return to the United States from Canada. Information regarding the U.S. Passport application process can be found by clicking on the link below.

APPLYING FOR A U.S. PASSPORT:
http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports/new.html

We suggest the application process be completed as early as possible in order to avoid additional fees for expedited service, and/or Passport related travel issues or delays.

EVEN WITH A VALID PASSPORT, YOU MAY STILL BE REFUSED ENTRY TO CANADA!

IMPORTANT: Please note that any U.S. Citizen who has a felony or DUI on their record may be refused entry to Canada.  Each situation will be handled case by case through the Canadian Border Services Agency. 

This program of Restricted Access was initiated by U.S. Homeland Security, who then requested the Canadian Government to adopt and enforce the Entry Rules the U.S. Agency developed.  The entry rules are enforced at both Country's Borders, so our Canadian Members have experienced this issue when entering the U.S. to attend our annual conferences over the past several years.

Due to the complex nature of this situation, we do not wish to make any assumptions; however, the general guidelines indicate, ”if a person has one DUI conviction, they are eligible for either Ministerial Rehabilitation or Deemed rehabilitation, if enough time has passed since the completion of their sentence.”

“Therefore, if 10 years have passed they are "deemed admissible" and can enter at the POE (Port of Entry) with no other documentation necessary.”

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding entry to Canada, please use the link below to view the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) website.

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/inadmissibility/conviction.asp

If you are still in need of additional help, or have specific concerns that cannot be addressed through the website, please e-mail Meg Pawelski at mpawelski@rvaahq.org and she will help you to communicate directly with the Regional Coordinator of International Events and Conventions at the CBSA.