How to ensure a safe and worry-free trip

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Going on a trip soon? Do the following:

  1. Check Travel Advice and Advisories for the country you will visit

    You will know:

    • natural dangers or local safety and security conditions
    • what you need to enter and exit
    • local laws/culture
    • where to find help

    Check this while planning your trip and right before you leave. Get the Travel Smart app on your mobile phone. Get travel advisories, border wait times, emergency contact numbers and other information.

  2. Get travel insurance

    You don’t know if you’ll get sick or meet an accident. Get travel and health insurance. It will protect you from the cost and inconvenience. Ask your credit card provider or employer’s insurance provider about travel coverage. Read Say yes to travel insurance to know more.

  3. Check Travel health notices

    This is another important piece of information that you’ll need before you buy plane tickets. Know if your destination has a current health notice and the level of risk it poses. Protect yourself from diseases and other health risks. Know if you need to take have a vaccination or other health precautions before leaving. Some destinations may also impose lock downs or health quarantines. Check if rebooking or refunds after cancellations are allowed before you buy tickets or make hotel reservations.

  4. Make sure your passports/visas are valid

    Your passport must be good for at least six months after your final day of travel if you are going abroad. Check entry requirements for each country you will visit. Go to Ask Travel if you have other questions.

  5. Notify Manitoba Health

    Tell Manitoba Health if you will be away for 90 days or more in a 12-month period. Send a letter, email or a completed Request for Temporary out-of-Province Benefits Form. Your health coverage will be uninterrupted. Manitoba Health advises travelers to get health insurance to have sufficient coverage while abroad.

  6. Leave your travel itinerary and contact details

    Leave a copy of your itinerary with family or friends in Manitoba. Leave numbers and addresses where you can be reached abroad. Get Emergency watch and response centre contact details.

  7. Make a copy of your travel papers

    Photocopy or take a photo of your papers (passport, visas, etc.). You will need it if they get lost or stolen. Keep the copies safe. For example, take a photo and email it to yourself.

  8. If you are a Permanent Resident:
    You will need a PR card to come back to Canada. Apply for a Permanent Resident Travel Document from a Canadian visa office abroad if you don’t have a PR card or if it has expired.

    If you are a Canadian citizen

    Use this Traveller’s Checklist from Stay safe and enjoy your trip!

Article updated Feb. 2020
Sources: Travel health and safety, Government of Canada; Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living, Manitoba Government; and Travel and tourism, Government of Canada. Retrieved February 27, 2019.

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