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 releases Travel Health Notices outlining potential health risks to Canadian travellers and recommends measures that can be taken to help reduce these risks. 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.
Food-borne and water-borne illnesses, known as food poisoning, the stomach flu or travellers' diarrhea, are the most common cause of illness in travellers.
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.
Bed bugs feed on peoples' blood while they sleep. They are not a major health risk to travellers.
Strong sunlight and extreme heat can be dangerous to your health, especially if you are on certain medications. Here are some sun- and heat-related issues to think about before you go south.
Important information on how to use oral rehydration solutions to treat dehydration caused by travellers’ diarrhea.
Children have different travel health needs than adults. Use these tips to protect your children and help them have a safe and enjoyable trip abroad.
Many women travel during pregnancy, whether for business or pleasure. 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.
Your service animal may not be accepted everywhere when you travel. Make sure you have all the information you need to make your trip with your service animal as trouble-free as possible.
Depending on your destination, cultural tolerances vary. Make sure that you are aware of the cultural sensitivities of your destination to avoid a bad experience during your trip.
Numerous Canadians are imprisoned abroad every year for drug-related offenses. Make sure you're not one of them.
Natural disasters may affect safety, services, and transportation. Make sure you know what to do.
Don’t fall for attempts by companies or individuals in foreign countries to cheat you out of merchandise, services and money.
How to avoid expensive roaming fees when you use your Canadian cellphone, mobile device or computer abroad.
Cyber-based threats can significantly increase when you are travelling and devices can easily be compromised or stolen. Protect yourself by being cyber aware.
Civil unrest and demonstrations have occurred recently in many countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Don’t find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Planning to go south for Spring Break? Here are some tips to make your trip more enjoyable.
For many Canadians, no trip abroad would be complete without spending some time on, in or under a warm southern sea. Be aware of and plan for the dangers you may face while you are enjoying the ocean.
Important information for Canadians planning to attend the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia.