Ask your doctor for several copies of your medication prescriptions.
Request a letter that explains your transition from your doctor.
Obtain the 90 days supply of the prescribed medication, including hormones.
Important note: Health Canada regulation does not allow the purchase hormones outside of Canada. You may be allowed to bring a single course of treatment or a 90-day supply of the prescribed medication for 2-3 month with you. Learn more
Have the doctor’s prescription with you.
Arrange your accommodation before you arrive.
Familiarize yourself with rental options in your destination.
Sign any rental contracts AFTER you arrive in Vancouver and have seen the place. Apartment contract scams happen often.
Obtain an authorized English translation of your documents, including diplomas, certifications, language proficiency tests, etc.
Research potential jobs in Canada.
Arrange professional and personal reference letters in English.
Check that your name in your passport matches the name on your ticket or boarding pass.
Update your documents if your current physical appearance does not match the photograph.
Obtain the letter that explains your transition from you doctor. Be ready to present it.
Have a doctor’s prescription with you if you carry a prescribed medication, including hormones.
Syringes are not the best items for the carry-on luggage; use alternatives (hormonal gels, patches, etc.) if possible.
Be prepared to have your bag and medication inspected.
You may mail the 90-day supply for a single course of the prescribed medication to yourself; always include your prescription in the parcel.
Make sure to follow airport safety guidelines and Canada Customs regulations.
If you are mistreated during your travel, make a note of officers’ names, booth number, exact time and any other specific information.