Helpful Information at a Glance
Before You Travel.
The following provides travel resources for you to peruse in preparation for your trip.
Our website has many resources for your use including travel tips, travel warnings and public announcements issued by the Canadian Government and U.S. Department of State. Please contact any of our travel offices or call centres if you have any questions.
- Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
- Federal Aviation Administrations (FAA)
- Homeland Security
- Federal Emergency Management Agency's
- Crisis Preparation (FEMA)
- Air Security Global Transportation
- Corporate Travel Safety
- Department of Homeland Security
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- iJet Travel Intelligence
- International SOS
- Kroll Worldwide
- MEDEX Assistance
- Medflight Assistance Group
The federal government is advising Canadians to travel with a valid passport, regardless of whether it is officially required to reach their destination. Immigration and travel rules have been evolving post 9/11, officials warn, and the threat of war could cause further changes to international travel.
Passports are the best type of identification. But be vigilant. Even if you are a Canadian citizen and you have a Canadian passport, you may still have additional visa and document requirements if you were born outside of Canada. The Canadian government advises that your passport should be valid for at least six months after you leave the country. If it expires before six months, some countries may not accept it. All travellers should check with their travel agent and confirm exactly what documents are needed. Some countries require visas, and requirements can change depending on your citizenship or place of birth.
Before leaving, make arrangements to access extra funds should you need them. The government also urges Canadians not to leave without supplemental medical insurance. Make sure you get to the airport at the time specified by your travel agency and airline. During peak travel times assume that check-in and pre-boarding will take longer than usual. Calgary Co-op Travel advises to err on the side of caution and come early, so there is time to sort things out if there are any problems.
Children and teens require special travel considerations. People under 18 are usually considered children. If they are travelling alone, besides valid identification, they must have certified approval from both parents with their contact information provided. Parents can apply for passports for their children. Individuals can apply for their own when they're 16.
If a child is travelling with just one parent, you need a letter of consent from the other parent giving permission for the child to leave the country or province. The letter must be certified by a lawyer, notary public or local authorities recognized by the Canadian government and should include contact information for the other parent. The letter should specify full names and birth dates, and specify the destination and how long the child is allowed to be out of the country or province. You also need copies of any divorce, separation or custody agreements. If one parent has died, a legal copy of the death certificate should be presented. If a legal guardian travels with the child, the court order granting guardianship must be shown.
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The information on this website is public information and is not individualized travel advice. While we strive for accuracy, it is possible that information on this site may contain errors or omissions for which we disclaim any liability.