There is a lot that goes into planning an international vacation. You don’t want to be vulnerable when travelling abroad, and this often results in people making extensive lists of items to take with them and over-preparing in many ways. Unfortunately, all too many people fail to consider some pretty important tasks before departing for a new country. Even if you’re visiting an economically stable and safe country like Canada, you’ll want to take care of some business before departing, We’ll review a list of five things that you must do before departing on any Canadian trip or vacation.
Look Into a Visa
If you plan on staying in Canada for more than a few days, then you will in all likelihood need an extended visa of some sort. You may be planning to work, go to school or just spend a hefty amount of time in the country, but you’ll need legal permission in order to stay past a certain point. Services such as Canada eTA can help you obtain a visa for any purpose ahead of your visit.
Prepare Your Passport
Even if you are visiting Canada from the United States, you are going to need a passport to arrive in the country successfully. Anyone who is planning to travel internationally generally is expected to have a passport, which allows you travel freely throughout the world. Passports are very useful forms of identification, as they can be used virtually anywhere that a photo ID or proof of documentation would be requested. As such, it’s mandatory to either obtain or renew your passport before heading to Canada.
Unlock International Calling
If you already have a cell phone, then international calling will be available. In most cases, a low-cost international calling plan will be cheaper than merely dialling via your existing plan while visiting Canada. It all depends on where you are staying and where you are calling; if you stay along the US border and are visiting from there, then you may be able to still access U.S. cell service. A quick call to your mobile phone provider to verify that international calling is unlocked and/or to obtain a special international plan is highly recommended.
Grab Some Health Insurance
Some insurance policies do not cover their policyholders when outside of the country. Canada has universal health coverage, but that coverage is only available to Canadians. Before you embark upon any journey to Canada – or any country, for that matter – be sure to check with your health insurance provider to see if your insurance is valid there. If not, then you may wish to look into a form of travel health insurance.
Know Your Eligibility
Not everybody can enter Canada. Besides needing a valid travel document such as a passport, you’ll also need to be free of most major communicable diseases and have a clean criminal record. While having a past offence on your record doesn’t necessarily bar you from entry, there are many instances in which people are denied access due to past crimes, warrants and other charges. You can read more about eligibility rules for entering Canada here.
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