Michael Barrett, Member of Parliament for Leeds-Grenville – Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, urges people to be prepared for holiday travel this year.
“Each year, Canadian consular services assist thousands of Canadians who experience problems abroad,” he explains. “Problems can be avoided with preparation but if you do experience difficulties it is important to know how to find assistance.”
Global Affairs offers the following tips to help you prepare.
Visit travel.gc.ca before international travels: Before going abroad, Canadian travellers should visit travel.gc.ca and enter their destination in the Travel Advice and Advisories.
Register with the service to be easily contacted: Canadian travellers should also register with the https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/registration service to receive the latest updates in case of an emergency abroad or a personal emergency at home.
Purchase travel insurance: Travellers should purchase the best travel insurance they can afford and ensure complete coverage.
Carry specific documents when travelling with children: Children should carry a consent letter and other appropriate documentation if they are travelling abroad alone, with only one parent or guardian, with friends or relatives or with a group.
Don’t travel with cannabis: Taking cannabis or any product containing cannabis across the Canadian border is illegal and can result in serious criminal penalties.
Have the Canadian embassy or consulate information on hand: Before travelling, Canadians should find the contact information for the Canadian embassy or consulate closest to their destination.
Canadians requiring emergency consular assistance should contact Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at any time by calling collect 1 613 996 8885 or by sending a message to [email protected]
In 2017, Canadian consular officers abroad opened cases for: more than 200,000 passports, including 10,052 passports reported lost or stolen; and 916 cases of medical assistance for Canadians abroad, of which nearly one third occurred in the most popular sun destinations.
Travel.gc.ca receives more than 15 million visits annually and ranks third among the most-visited Government of Canada sites.
Travel.gc.ca has up-to-date Travel Advice and Advisories for more than 230 destinations worldwide, which are a key reference in travel planning for Canadians and the travel industry.