Advice for Canadians: Plan safe winter travels

News release

December 4, 2019 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

As the holiday season approaches, many Canadians are preparing for their winter getaway.

The Government of Canada is taking this opportunity to remind all travellers of the importance of having safe travel arrangements. A number of travel tools and advice are available to Canadians at The following advice could be especially helpful when planning a winter vacation outside Canada:

  • Check your destination on Canada’s official Travel Advice and Advisories to get all the information about its risk level, security conditions, entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, and more.
  • Sign up for the Government of Canada’s Registration of Canadians abroad service to get the latest updates in case of an emergency abroad or a personal emergency at home.
  • Get travel insurance. Travellers should always buy the best travel health insurance they can afford and ensure complete coverage.
  • Carry emergency contact information, including for the Government of Canada office nearest to your destination and for Global Affairs Canada’s Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa, which can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week at +1 613-996-8885 or by email at
  • 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.
  • Download Canada’s Travel Smart app to access key travel information on the go.

Quick facts

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

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

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

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