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International Programs Office

Government of Canada Launches International Travel Website

Check it out at:  http://travel.gc.ca/

As part of the Government of Canada’s new approach to online services and accessibility, all federal government international travel content and services have been merged into Travel.gc.ca. This single thematic website is an authoritative and comprehensive source of information for Canadians travelling or living abroad, and includes an interactive map of the exact location of Canadian government offices abroad with complete contact information.

Travel.gc.ca integrates regularly updated content and resources from 11 government partners to help Canadians easily and efficiently find the information they need to make informed decisions about international travel.

The following are some of the many topics covered in Travel.gc.ca.

Mobile application, Twitter and Facebook

Canadians can stay connected to Canada and access the most up-to-date travel-related information wherever they may be through the Travel Smart mobile web application, and the Travel.gc.ca Twitter and Facebook channels, RSS feeds and email updates.

Travel documents, passports, consent letters

The site provides continually updated information on a range of travel documents, such as passports, visas, certificates of Canadian citizenship, international driving permits, consent letters for children travelling alone, the Canadian International Health Certificate for Travelling Pets, as well as pre-boarding identification requirements.

Country advice and advisories

Through Travel.gc.ca and the Travel Smart mobile application, Canadians at home and abroad can access travel advice and advisories on safety and security, local laws and customs, entry requirements, health conditions and other important travel issues in destinations around the world. Subscribers to the Travel.gc.ca Twitter and Facebook channels receive the latest travel advice updates, emergency contacts and crisis information, as well as other information Canadians need to travel safely.

Returning to Canada

Travel.gc.ca offers information on what is required when returning to Canada from abroad, which items and products can and cannot be brought into Canada, and duty and taxes.

Registration of Canadians Abroad

By visiting Travel.gc.ca, Canadians can access Registration of Canadians Abroad, a free, confidential service that keeps Canadians connected to Canada in case of an emergency abroad, such as an earthquake or civil unrest, or informed about an emergency at home.

What to pack

Preparation is the key to successful travel, and Travel.gc.ca features information and services that will save travellers time and energy. Before starting to pack for a trip abroad, Canadians should visit the “What to Pack” page, which lists what can and cannot be packed in carry-on and checked baggage. They will save time and ensure a smooth airport security screening process by “packing smart.”

Border wait times

Canadians who drive home from the United States should visit Travel.gc.ca to save time by checking the list of wait times at Canada-U.S. border stations from coast to coast. They can also do so before leaving on a trip to the United States.

Travel health

Preparation is the key to healthy travel. Travel.gc.ca offers information to Canadians on how to stay healthy as they travel anywhere in the world. The website offers the latest travel health updates and disease fact sheets, as well as information on vaccinations, travelling with prescription medications, coping with a medical emergency abroad and getting help from Canadian offices abroad.

Airport security screening and wait times

By visiting Travel.gc.ca, Canadians can also check the list of airport security screening wait times before leaving for the airport to make sure they have enough time for the screening process.

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