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Feds Launch International Travel Website

By Joan Delaney
Epoch Times Staff
Created: November 24, 2012 Last Updated: November 29, 2012
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A WestJet flight and an Air Canada flight cross paths on a runway at the Lester B. Pearson airport in Toronto on Aug. 28, 2012. The newly revamped Travel.gc.ca website is a “one-stop shop” where Canadians can find comprehensive information on all things travel. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

A WestJet flight and an Air Canada flight cross paths on a runway at the Lester B. Pearson airport in Toronto on Aug. 28, 2012. The newly revamped Travel.gc.ca website is a “one-stop shop” where Canadians can find comprehensive information on all things travel. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The federal government has launched a new website that aims to provide comprehensive information on all things travel.

The newly revamped Travel.gc.ca is now a “one-stop shop” where Canadians can find all the information they need to make informed decisions while travelling or living abroad.

The website is supported by a social media presence distributing the latest travel advice, crisis updates, and emergency contact information. This means that Canadians will be able to access key travel information from anywhere in the world through Twitter, Facebook, RSS feeds, and email updates.

The improved accessibility of this information will help make security screening faster and easier.

— Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver

In addition to the website, a new mobile application, Travel Smart, allows Canadians anywhere in the world to access government information and services on international travel.

Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver unveiled the new website in Montreal Nov. 23 on behalf of Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs).

“The new website offers key information, like what Canadians travelling abroad can pack in their carry-on and checked baggage. The improved accessibility of this information will help make security screening faster and easier, and allow Canadians to focus on the road ahead,” Oliver said in a press release.

The site provides continually updated information on a range of travel documents; travel advice and advisories on safety and security while travelling abroad; emergency contacts and crisis information; travel health updates and information on vaccinations and travelling with prescription medications; and information on what is required when returning to Canada from abroad.

It also includes an interactive map of the exact location of Canadian government offices abroad with complete contact information.

Through travel.gc.ca, people can access Registration of Canadians Abroad, a free, confidential service that keeps Canadians connected to Canada in case of an emergency abroad, such as an earthquake or civil unrest, as well as informed about an emergency at home.

Before flying, travellers can visit the website to find out about airport security rules and check security-screening wait times.

“Travel.gc.ca will help Canadians save time as they make their way through the airport security screening process on the way to the departure gate,” Oliver said.

For more information, visit Travel.gc.ca. To download the Travel Smart mobile application, visit Travel.gc.ca/mobile.

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