Resources to help you travel with confidence

November 5, 2018

Whether you’re planning a trip to visit friends and family, explore a new part of the world or preparing to welcome a traveler from abroad, being prepared is important and can save you time, money and stress.  

We have assembled travel resources and links below to help make your travel experience as stress free as possible.  Here are some important tips and resources to prepare you for your upcoming trip or to help welcome a traveler from abroad. 

Travel Documents

  • Crossing international borders varies depending on the country you are travelling to. Being prepared is the key to easing your way through this process, so make sure you know what documents you need(Passport/Visa/NEXUS), where to get them, and which ones will make your crossing quick and easy.
  • Click here to learn more or contact my office if you have any questions

                If you are not a Canadian Citizen you must travel with your valid Permanent Resident Card.

DO NOT book any travel without ensuring you have a valid Permanent Resident Card in your possession.

Travel documents and visas may be very different for Permanent Residents travelling abroad so be sure you verify what requirements are necessary before booking any travel.

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA): What you need to know

  • If you plan to visit Canada by air, you may need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).
  • An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is an entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada by air. An eTA is electronically linked to a traveller’s passport. It is valid for up to five years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first.  If you get a new passport, you need to get a new eTA.
  • With a valid eTA, you can travel to Canada as often as you want for short stays (normally for up to six months at a time). You do not need an eTA for travel within Canada.
  • Click here to find out how easy it is to apply online and learn how to get your eTA before you book your flight to Canada.

Register your travel

The Registration of Canadians Abroad service enables government officials to contact you to provide important information in preparation for an emergency (such as a natural disaster or civil unrest), instructions during emergencies, important changes or updates to the Travel Advice and Advisories for the country for which you registered, and more. It is a quick and easy process that will hopefully not be necessary but is incredibly valuable in the event that a situation arises

Travel Advice and Advisories: 

  • Travel Advice and Advisories provide Canadians with official information and advice from the Government of Canada on situations that may affect their safety and well-being abroad. They may include an advisory for a country or region where security conditions put Canadians at heightened risk. Travel Advice and Advisories help Canadians make their own informed decisions in order to minimize risk while travelling abroad.
  • Click here to learn more about your next destination

Purchase Travel Insurance

  • If you plan to go abroad, even on a day trip to the United States, you should purchase the best travel insurance you can afford before you leave Canada. Your travel insurance should include health, life and disability coverage that will help you avoid large expenses, such as the cost of hospitalization or medical treatment outside Canada.
  • Click here for some frequently asked questions about travel insurance. 

Know what you can bring on a plane – Baggage limits, fees and liability

  • The government of Canada has organized a quick searchable guide to what you can and what you cannot bring on a place. 
  • Click here to learn more

Showcase Guelph to your friends and family visiting 

  • Tourism is an important part of our economy. With $90 billionin total economic activity and 1.7 million jobs related to the sector, tourism is one of the few truly national industries that generates business in every region, province, territory, town and community and that of course includes Guelph and Wellington County. 
  • There are many attractions, nature areas, restaurants, shops and experiences to discover right here in Guelph
  • VisitGuelphWellington.ca can help you to show your visitors the many reasons why Guelph can be nicknamed the Royal City!

For more information and helpful resources visit travel.gc.ca or contact my office.  

For those travelling abroad, I hope you have an incredible experience and make lasting memories.  

For those coming to Guelph, we welcome you and hope your enjoy your visit!