International Attendees

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With attendees traveling from 45 countries, BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology is truly an international event. Please utilize these resources to plan your participation in the conference.

Visiting Montréal

Montréal, c’est si bon! This French-speaking city is considered the cultural capital of Canada, and is a cosmopolitan celebration of Québécois style. Summer marks the famous festival season and the Just for Laughs Festival will take place during BIO World Congress. Be sure to check the line-up when it is posted this spring.

Traveling to Montréal

Downtown Montréal is 20 minutes from the Pierre-Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL), which handles some 600 flights daily. Public transit is affordable and a great way to get around the city. Quick, safe and clean, the metro connects downtown to major tourism attractions, as well as to numerous bus stops and train stations. If you prefer getting around by taxi, it’s easy to flag one down at the airport or on the street. You’ll also find them at one of the city’s many taxi stands or in front of most major hotels. A trip to the airport from downtown will cost you a flat rate of $38—not including tip.

Don’t forget to ensure you have a valid passport at all times, and in some cases, a visa. American citizens returning home should also be aware that there are new customs requirements in effect. For more information, visit the Web sites of Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the U.S. Department of State.

Visa Information

Registrants from outside of Canada may need to apply for a visa at the Embassy, Consulate, or other visa issuing office in your country of origin. Please begin your visa application process as soon as possible. Some countries take several months to process applications.

For visa purposes, a Letter of Invitation from the Conference Organizer may be personalized with your name, company, and mailing address. If you are an international attendee, a visa letter will be automatically generated in the online registration process.  If you require an invitation letter before your register, please contact

Please note: Invitation letters imply no obligation by BIO cover registration fees, accommodations, travel expenses, or any other costs associated with participation in this meeting. BIO is not able to contact Embassies or Consulates on behalf of any individual attempting to gain entry into Canada.