Holiday Travel Tips
If you are planning to travel outside Canada this holiday season, get the facts before you go. Consult Canada's Foriegn Affairs Travel Reports and Warnings to obtain the latest information on security and safety issues.
Carry a valid Canadian passport for you and your children. While some countries will accept other documents for identification purposes, a valid Canadian passport is the most acceptable document for proving your identity and your right to re-enter Canada.
For information on what you are allowed to carry on aircrafts, see the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority Web site.
Travellers should also ensure that they:
- Have all appropriate documents when travelling with a child (e.g. a consent letter) and are aware of any special regulations and conditions that may affect the trip.
- Purchase travel and medical insurance for all trips outside Canada and have sufficient funds available to deal with an emergency, should one occur.
- Are able to answer detailed questions concerning their luggage. If carrying gifts, do not wrap them. Airport security officials are very strict concerning personal items that could be considered weapons. Electronic devices and toy guns may be scrutinized. Follow the orders of police and security officials at all times and avoid casual comments about security measures that could be misinterpreted.
- Are registered with the responsible Canadian government office abroad and carry details on how to contact the Department’s Emergency Operations Centre, which operates 24 hours a day and accepts collect calls from overseas locations.
- Monitor local developments and news broadcasts carefully. There could be unexpected delays at airports and other transportation facilities. Plan accordingly.
- Leave detailed information about travel plans with a family member or friend in Canada.
Cancelling a scheduled trip abroad could cost you money. Before cancelling a scheduled trip, discuss the matter with your travel agent, travel insurer and/or airline. The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller.
Travel to the United States
The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) is a U.S. law that requires all travellers, including Canadians, to carry a passport or other appropriate secure.
If you are planning to cross the border with the United States, please consult the Canada Border Services Agency for information on what to expect at the Canadian border.