Travel health and safety
International travellers should always be extra concerned about their health and safety. Here is essential information on travel health risks and preventive measures to keep you and your loved ones safe during your travels.
The Public Health Agency of Canada’s Travel Health Notices outline potential health risks to Canadian travellers and recommend ways to help reduce them. Notices remain in effect until removed.
Carry a basic travel health kit no matter where you travel.
Medical practices, health standards and infection control measures in other countries may differ from those in Canada. Make an informed decision.
Use this list to find the travel health clinic nearest you. Visit the clinic or your health care provider six weeks before you travel.
Travelling abroad can put you at risk of contracting a disease that may not be common in Canada. Read these fact sheets and be prepared.
Your health care provider may recommend that you be vaccinated against one or more diseases before you travel abroad.
Many travel-related diseases are transmitted by infected mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, or flies. Make sure you prevent insect bites.
How to avoid food poisoning, the stomach flu and travellers’ diarrhea, the most common cause of illness in travellers.
If you travel abroad you need travel insurance, no matter where you’re going or how long you’ll be there.
Make sure your medication won’t cause you any problems while you’re abroad or when you return.
Plan in advance, check with your doctor and avoid problems at airport security screening.
Strong sunlight and extreme heat are health risks that are often overlooked by Canadian travellers, especailly those on certain medications.
Important information on how to use oral rehydration solutions to treat dehydration caused by travellers’ diarrhea.
Children have different travel health needs than adults. These tips will help your children have a safe and enjoyable trip abroad.
Make sure to read up on the information necessary to minimize your risks and stay healthy while travelling during your pregnancy.
Older travellers may have medical conditions that are important to consider before and during travel.
Travelling with disabilities or special needs is not always easy, but this information will help make your trip as easy and safe as possible.
Minimize your risk. Make sure you are aware of your destination country’s laws and customs before you travel abroad.
Numerous Canadians are imprisoned abroad every year for drug-related offenses. Make sure you’re not one of them.
How to avoid expensive roaming fees when you use your Canadian cellphone, mobile device or computer abroad.
The risk of cyber-based threats and compromised devices can increase significantly when you are travelling. Protect yourself by being cyber aware.
Before planning your trip to the Middle East or North Africa, be aware of the possibility of civil unrest and demonstrations in your destination country.
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For many Canadians, a vacation abroad must include a lake or an ocean. Be aware of and plan for the dangers you may face while you are enjoying your time in, on or under the water.
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Don’t fall for attempts by companies or individuals in foreign countries to cheat you out of merchandise, services and money.
Natural disasters and civil unrest may affect safety, services, and transportation. Make sure you know what to do.
What to do it you or someone you know might be forced into marriage.