The importance of checking travel warnings and advisories before you travel
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Planning a trip is exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. There are so many places to go and seemingly unlimited attractions to check out in countries around the world.
To help narrow the options, many people often create loose criteria of things to consider. While length of flight, budget, and tourist attractions are common criteria, there is something else that’s important to consider when booking a trip abroad – travel warnings and advisories.
The Canadian government publishes travel warnings and advisories to update you about current safety concerns and dangers in countries around the world. It notes things that could potentially affect travel and personal well-being in a particular country.
To view country-specific travel advice and advisories, visit the Government of Canada’s website. It also provides advisories and warnings for specific regions within particular countries.
Travel advisories provide travellers with information about what is happening in countries around the world. Information is updated regularly to reflect current circumstances about:
Travel advisories also provide you with information about how to find help if you encounter any issues when you’re in another country. The Canadian government’s travel website provides a listing of Canadian embassies and emergency phone numbers to call if you are in danger.
If a warning is listed for a particular country, it doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t travel there. When you’re reading an advisory, consider the following questions:
Travel advisories can play a big role in your vacation planning. You should check travel warnings:
A travel advisory can occur any time, and there is no way to predict it. Travel insurance can help you if an advisory is published or an existing one is escalated when you are out of the country.
Before you purchase your travel policy, ask the insurer if there are any travel advisories in effect for your destination. If there are but you decide to travel to your destination anyway, be sure to verify with your insurer whether your travel policy would be valid.
Even if you take all the necessary precautions recommended in an advisory, travel insurance can give you the added protection you need to travel with confidence, knowing you have 24/7 emergency assistance should you need it. Get a free travel insurance quote from Blue Cross today.