Safe travel during summer vacation


June 20, 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Global Affairs Canada today issued the following statement:

“The Government of Canada takes the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and wants to ensure that Canadian travellers are well-informed so that they can travel safely.

 “Summer vacation is one of the most popular times for Canadians to travel. Summer holidays also come at the same time as the hurricane season, which extends from May 15 to November 30. During that period, tropical depressions and storms can develop into destructive hurricanes in the North Atlantic and Northeast Pacific oceans.

 “That is why:

  1. Before leaving Canada, travellers should visit for in-depth safe travel information on their destination from the Travel Advice and Advisories section. There, you can find advice on security, entry and exit requirements, travel health, laws and culture, natural disasters and climate, as well as emergency contact information. This content is continuously updated to ensure Canadians always have the best advice possible.
  2. Travellers should purchase the best travel insurance they can afford. Travel insurance should include health, life and disability coverage, which will help avoid large expenses, such as the cost of hospitalization or medical treatment outside Canada.
  3. It is strongly recommended that children carry a consent letter if they are travelling abroad alone, with only one parent or guardian, with friends or relatives, or with a group.
  4. Travellers are encouraged to register with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service on to receive the latest updates in case of an emergency abroad or a personal emergency at home. Canadians may also download the free Travel Smart app to receive updated travel advice on the go.
  5. Canadians who decide to travel to a hurricane-prone destination during hurricane season should be aware that they are exposing themselves to serious risks and should be prepared to change their travel plans on short notice and at their own cost.

“Canadians requiring emergency consular assistance should contact the nearest embassy or consulate abroad. Canadians can also 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 an email to”

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