Advice for Canadians: Plan safe summer travels

News release

May 9, 2019 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Summer is almost here, and many Canadians are planning to travel abroad.

Since any adventure involves a certain degree of risk, the Government of Canada wants to remind all travellers of the importance of safe travel arrangements. Canadians should visit when planning their trip and before leaving the country. For adventurers, the following advice could be especially helpful:

  • Check the Travel Advice and Advisories for in-depth information on your destination, including local laws and customs that can be very different from those in Canada.
  • Purchase travel insurance and make sure you have the appropriate coverage. Your travel insurance might not cover high-risk activities and might not pay for medical evacuation. All travel insurance plans should include health, life and disability coverage that will help travellers avoid incurring major expenses, such as the cost of hospitalization or medical treatment outside Canada.
  • Sign up for the Registration of Canadians abroad service. With this service, you can receive the latest updates in case of an emergency abroad or a personal emergency at home. This allows you to stay connected, even when travelling off the beaten path.
  • Download the Travel Smart app. With the official Government of Canada travel app, you can access key information on the go.

Quick facts

  • Every year, Global Affairs Canada helps thousands of Canadians who run into problems while travelling, working, studying and living in other countries.

  • In 2018, our consular officers abroad opened cases for more than 10,000 passports reported lost or stolen abroad and approximately 1,000 Canadians requiring medical assistance abroad.

  • has up-to-date Travel Advice and Advisories for more than 230 destinations worldwide—a key reference for Canadians and the travel industry.

  • Canadians requiring emergency assistance abroad can contact the nearest Government of Canada office abroad or the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at any time and from anywhere by calling collect +1 613 996 8885 or by sending a message to

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