What does that bring to mind for you? Let your thoughts and your
senses take over. Where will you go, what do you want to do and how
do you get there? Will I travel within Canada or will I go abroad?
Your decisions will determine what your next steps will be.
Where to start?
You need to get your trip off to a healthy start. In preparation for
travel there are a number of things you need to consider in order to
make your experience as enjoyable as possible.
Foremost considerations in the planning stages of a
trip are you want to have fun but you also want to stay safe and
healthy. Details for your trip should be worked out with a reputable
Travel Agent and I would recommend that you also have a health
consultation with a health professional (The Algoma Health Unit
can provide this service). You may also consult with the World
Health Organization and other travel health resources – addresses
for these can be obtained from the Algoma Health Unit
(www.algomapublichealth.com or at 294 Willow Avenue, Sault Ste.
Marie, Ontario, P6B 0A9 (705)942-4646 or toll free 1-866- 892-0172).
Algoma Public Health
has a Vaccine Preventable Diseases Program to assist travelers with
Appointments may be booked with a consultant by calling 541-7085.
There is a charge for these services and for the immunizations.
Be sure to check with your insurance provider if they will pay
for these costs. Further
information and requirements for travelling abroad may be obtained
online from the following websites:
Algoma Public Health:
Travel Health Online:
Centers for Disease Control and
Public Health Agency of Canada:
MD Travel Health:
There are many other useful sources of information to
help you in the planning of your trip.
Some of these include:
Transport Canada can provide you with
useful information related to travel by air, rail, road or waterway.
The tips they provide will help you travel safe and travel smart.
Their web site address is:
The Consular Affairs Bureau of the Department
of Foreign Affairs and International Trade provides
information and assistance to Canadians abroad. The Web site
provides you with information on foreign destinations, what to do
before you go, problems abroad, publications, country travel
warnings and information related to drugs and travel. They also
provide a registry for Canadians travelling abroad. They provide 24
hr. a day, 7 day assistance. You can contact them at www.travel.gc.ca.
On the web page is a listing of Consular Assistance Toll Free
numbers. Before you depart, jot down the number for the country you
will be visiting. Before you leave, you may want to make note of the
location of the closest Canadian embassy in the country you are
visiting and how you can contact them.
The University Health Network has a
Tropical Disease Unit. The Unit is one of very few travel clinics in
the Canada offering comprehensive health advice and services for
travellers. They offer pre-travel advice including helping
travellers manage health needs while they are away. They may be
or by telephone - (416)340-3675.
The following contact information should help you in your quest for
a passport. Passport applications may be obtained at the larger
postal outlets. Please remember to give plenty of time to process
your passport application. Sending your passport through the local
member of parliament can help expedite processing.
Contact information for the passport office is as follows:
by Telephone – 1-800-567-6868, via the Internet at
www.ppt.gc.ca or in writing to:
Passport Office, Department of Foreign Affairs and International
Ottawa ON K1A 0G3, Canada.
Safe and Happy Journeys.