A Helpful Guide to Plan for Travel Emergencies

Travellers need to stay informed and have a plan for emergencies in today’s world of increased security risks. Before you travel, make sure that you have a plan in place for your safety and security, as well as peace of mind for you and your loved ones.

 

Step #1:

Well before leaving home, make sure to keep a record of all of your travel documentation—flight numbers, destination details and arrival times, transit locations, hotels, passport number and photo—and don’t forget to record and copy the country and city codes of your destinations and transit points and make them immediately accessible to your people at home. And designate one responsible person to be the coordinator of the documents and any contacts should you run into problems. Remember also that if your itinerary changes in any way, your home base coordinator will not know about it as soon as you do. So stay connected. With all of the electronic gadgetry with which you’ll likely be travelling, there’s no excuse not to.

 

Step # 2:

Register your trip with the Canadian Government’s Registration of Canadian’s Abroad Service. It’s easy to do and provides a failsafe backup for you and your loved ones should you lose contact with each other. The process only takes a few minutes, and it’s free. You will be asked for your emergency contact names and numbers at home as well as details about your travel itinerary, including dates, locations, hotels, travel contacts, and travel companions. If you feel this is an invasion of privacy, consider the trade-off: confidentiality versus well-informed loved ones.

 

Step #3:

In the event of a terrorist emergency, call Intrepid 24/7’s Emergency Assistance line as soon as you are immediately able to do so. They are able to best direct you to the medical services you require as well as provide you with real-time updates of what is going on at your location.

Emergency Assistance

Toll-Free: 1.800.295.5205

Collect: 1.416.640.4416

  • If you are not sure where to go—clinic or ER?
  • If you need to have an MRI, surgery, or other invasive procedures
  • If you need to be air evacuated (someone can call on your behalf)

Step #4:

Alternatively, you can check your Travel Navigator™ application, which provides real-time, local alerts pushed directly to your device. You will also be given immediate access to multilingual assistance professionals, ensuring end-to-end worldwide assistance.

 

Learn more:

Travel Safety and Insurance for Canadians

24/7 Emergency Assistance

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