As spring break is about to get underway, it’s worth being reminded about the travel advice recently shared from Global Affairs Canada. Specifically, they advise to check the Government of Canada website for any new advisories, use the Registration of Canadians Abroad program and purchase travel insurance prior to leaving.1
Check for New Advisories
The Canadian government maintains an online list of travel advisories for every country. Since circumstances can change rapidly, it’s possible that an update has been posted between the time you purchased your tickets and your scheduled departure date. You can check the status of your destination country online through the Government of Canada website.
Register with the Government
Before leaving the country, ensure that you register details of your trip and the best ways to contact you in case of an emergency abroad or at home. Using this service can help you receive the information you need in the event of a natural disaster or civil unrest. Registration is free and can be done online.
Purchase Travel Insurance
Global Affairs Canada recommends purchasing comprehensive travel insurance before leaving the country. Even if you’re healthy, an accident could require hospitalization or medical treatment, which can be extremely expensive outside of Canada. The government advises purchasing the best insurance you can afford prior to leaving.
Travel insurance through Hudson’s Bay Financial Services is extremely affordable, and a number of plans are available to fit your specific needs. Follow the government’s travel advice and enjoy a stress-free spring break knowing you’re covered in case the unexpected happens.
SecuriGlobe Inc., Canada’s largest travel insurance distributor, can help you find the perfect coverage that fits your budget. They compare rates from 14 leading travel insurance companies; plus, you can earn up to 5,000 Hudson’s Bay Rewards points.3
1 Global Affairs Canada. “Advice for Canadian travellers: spring break.” Retrieved February 15, 2019, from https://www.canada.ca/en/global-affairs/news/2019/02/advice-for-canadian-travellers-spring-break.html.
2 Rates and product details are effective as of January 1, 2018, and are subject to change without notice. All plans are subject to the terms and conditions of your Policy and Documents of Insurance. Premiums vary by age, duration of travel and pre-existing medical conditions.
3 Earn 3,000 Hudson’s Bay Rewards points for an annual plan, 5,000 Rewards points for a winter travel plan, 5,000 Rewards points for a Visitors to Canada plan and 2,000 Rewards points when you purchase all other plans and use a valid Canadian credit card to pay for your premiums. Rewards points will be issued within four to six weeks of the departure date.
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