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Coronavirus Update: March 18, 2020, 4:00 pm CT​

SVS is receiving many inquiries regarding VAM 2020 in Toronto and appreciates all the communications from members and update notices regarding institutional and workplace travel bans. 
In this rapidly evolving situation, the SVS leadership is taking a hard look at the full picture of events and a decision about VAM2020 will be made within the next two to three weeks.

Our first concern, of course, is the health, safety, and security of SVS members, their patients and all stakeholders planning to attend VAM. SVS leadership is actively and closely monitoring this evolving situation and meeting regularly and will continue regular communications with members, VAM attendees, partners and stakeholders as the situation develops.

Part of our monitoring process includes the tracking of our members’ institution-imposed travel bans. Please review the list of known travel bans. If your institution is not currently listed and has instituted a travel ban, please let us know by email

SVS continues to follow published guidance of national and local health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and encourage attendees to take common-sense precautions and follow CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of illness. For additional information see the links below. 

As of today, local authorities in Toronto have barred foreign nationals and US citizens from entering Canada. There was no specified end date to this mandate. This is an attempt to prevent the introduction of further cases to Canada. Further details may be found here.

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is working closely with industry partners to monitor developments relating to COVID-19 and taking direction from provincial, Canadian and global health authorities. Ontario officials are actively working with partners in the health care system at the municipal, provincial and federal levels to identify, prevent and control this emerging global health issue.

We will continue to update you via our website,, social media channels, and email. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact SVS at 800-258-7188 or via email
Additional resources:
World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
AMA Resource Center for Physicians
Public Health Agency of Canada
Metro Toronto Convention Centre Preparedness

Passport Requirements

ImportantAll U.S. residents entering Canada will be required to travel with a valid passport.To begin the passport application process, please visit the USA.GOV website. Your passport expiration date may not be within six months of your travel dates. For additional information (including passport requirements for international travelers), please visit the Canada Border Services Agency’s website.

Canada Border Services Agency

Americans With Disabilities Act Accommodations

Registrants who need specialized accommodations to participate in the Vascular Annual Meeting (i.e., large print or Braille materials; assistance obtaining motorized scooter rentals) should check the “Yes” box under Disability Accommodations on the Attendee Meeting Registration Form. Someone from the SVS office will call to discuss how we may assist you.

Air Travel -- Toronto Pearson International Airport

Toronto is served by two airports. Toronto Pearson International Airport, managed by the Greater Toronto Airport Authority is Canada’s principal airport with travel connections to every continent and ranks among the top 30 world airports in terms of passenger traffic and aircraft movements. There are over 76 scheduled and charter airlines currently serving Toronto Pearson International Airport and air carriers provide non-stop service to numerous destinations in Canada, the United States and the world. Pearson airport is located approximately 30 minutes from downtown Toronto.

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (formerly Toronto City Centre Airport) is one of the most convenient urban airports in the world. It is located on Toronto Island, minutes from the downtown core with links to the city by a short ferry ride or pedestrian tunnel, and is served by both Porter Airlines and Air Canada. Porter provides a unique and personal flying experience with air connections to regional Canadian and U.S. destinations.

Ground Transportation

For information on options (such as bus or rail) to downtown Toronto from Pearson International airport, please visit the airport’s website

Airport Taxi Service

Taxi fares from Pearson International Airport to downtown Toronto are approximately CAN$50-$60*. 

*all pricing is estimated as of August, 2019 and based on one-way trip excluding tax, tolls and tip