- Have a valid Canadian passport. Some countries require that your passport be valid for six months beyond your date of entry.
- Verify whether your destination country or countries require a visa for entry.
- Find out whether you or any members of your family are considered nationals of the country you plan to visit.
- Buy the most medical and travel insurance that you can afford.
- Arrange supplementary health insurance and travel insurance.
- Carry proof of insurance coverage and give a copy to someone at home.
- DO NOT leave Canada without supplementary medical insurance. Ask your travel agent, your financial institution or your physician for options.
- Know the address of the nearest Canadian government office in your destination country.
- Provide a relative or friend with a detailed copy of your itinerary.
- If there are changes while you are abroad, make sure that they are informed of the changes.
- Make arrangements for how you'll get additional funds if needed.
- Foreign travel is often more expensive than people plan for. Plan and budget.
- Keep the original receipts for any purchases you make, as well as your hotel bill, rental car agreement and any medical bills.
- Before you leave, learn about the country you plan to visit.
- Consult the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade about your destination.
- Get any vaccinations that are required.