Halifax Travel: Traveller's Checklist
Help ensure a safe and problem-free trip by taking these steps before leaving Canada.
- Pack a copy of "Bon Voyage Butů" and a copy of the Country Travel Report for your destination.
- Carry a passport that is valid well beyond the date of your anticipated return to Canada (many countries require 6 extra months before passport expiry, in case of illness or acident); pack 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, eihter through your travel agent or appropriate embassies or consulates in Canada
- Arrange for health and travel insurance.
- Plan your itinerary and budget.
- Anticipate financial needs: local currency, traveller's cheques, departure tax. Identify key ATM locations along your itinierary
- Take care of health needs: vaccinations, prescriptions, medical certificates, supplies, extra eyeglasses. Have prescriptions forms with you for medicines, eyeglasses and contact lenses). With contact lenses, carry a sspare set in case of loss or damage.
- Check whether dual citizenship is an issue for you. Some countries may require miliatary service, or have entry requirements.
- If travelling with children, carry documentation proving your right to accompany them (consent letter, court order).
- Register on-line with a Canadian government office abroad.
- Obtain an International Driving Permit, if required.
- Prepare for your flight by carefully attending to luggage, documentation and airport security. Have Canada customs give you a certificate for any major jewellery and electronics you are taking with you ont the trip, so it will be cleared easily upon your return.
- While abroad, keep receipts for purchases and make special arrangements for food, plants and animals brought back to Canada.
Source: Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada