- Provide the IEC with contact information for a friend or relative we can contact in case of emergency.
- Leave a copy of your important travel documents with the IEC and with your family.
- Bring with you any travel handbooks or information given by the IEC. They often include important tips, advice and emergency contacts for the local Canadian Embassy.
- Sign up for the Registration of Canadian’s Abroad service.
- Check in periodically with your IEC contact when traveling to let us know you are doing – we love to hear from you!
GENERAL TIPS AND BEST PRACTICES
In Country / General Travel
- Research as much about the country you are visiting, before you leave.
- Prior to departure, familiarize yourself with the area you will be visiting by looking at maps etc.
- Respect local culture, customs and dress habits. Adapt your dress accordingly and do not call attention to yourself due to inappropriate attire.
- Travel in groups at all times and be safe.
- Avoid giving out personal information to strangers.
- At night, stay in well-lit areas and travel in groups.
- Leave valuables at home.
- Register expensive items with Thunder Bay Customs prior to departure.
- Local SIM card
- Make a second copy of all important and travel documents to be carried separately from the originals.
- Leave a copy of your travel itinerary, passport, insurance and ID with someone at home.
- Carry the emergency card and the address of where you are going on you as well as where you are staying.
- Always carry a photocopy of your Passport.
- Ensure immunizations are up to date.
- Attend a travel clinic at the Thunder Bay Health Unit to ensure you have any additional vaccinations or medications necessary for travel to your destination.
- Inform your bank and any credit card company prior to departure of your trip (as your accounts may be frozen if you do not).
- Carry minimal amounts of cash.
- Use a bank machine inside a bank or building to withdraw cash.
- Use a money belt for your passport and other important documents.
- Do not pull out large amounts of money in public.
- Originals and photocopies of documents
- Travel insurance card and claim form
- Personal identification (driver’s license, health card)
- Credit card/Interact card
Items to Always Carry
- Address of where you are staying (in English and in local language/script)
- Emergency contact information
- Copy of Passport
- Copy of Health plan card
- Credit card/debit card
- Small amounts of cash in local currency
- Appropriate luggage and locks to secure them
- Camera/batteries/charger/memory stick
- Mini sewing kit (to be kept in checked baggage)
- Money belt (to carry documents and wallet)
- Reading materials, playing cards (on board aircraft/downtime in country)
- Address book (emergency contacts, personal contacts, mailing out of postcards)
- Notepad/journal and pen
- Sun screen
- Mosquito repellent
TIPS FROM THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT
- Go to travel.gc.ca and pack a copy of Bon Voyage…and a copy of the Country Travel Report for your destination.
- Carry a Canadian passport that is valid at least 6 months beyond the date of your anticipated return to Canada; keep a copy of the identification page separate from the original.
- Leave copies of your passport identification page, itinerary and insurance policy with friends or family.
- Obtain any required visas well in advance.
- Arrange for supplemental travel health insurance.
- Anticipate financial needs such as local currency and departure tax.
- Take care of health needs: vaccinations, prescriptions, medical certificates, supplies, extra eyeglasses.
- Check whether dual citizenship is an issue for you.
- Sign up for the Registration of Canadians Abroad service.
- Carry an Emergency Contact Card with the coordinates of the nearest Canadian government office in your destination country.
Contact the International Education Centre for more information.