January 4, 2022

Tips Before Travelling To Canada For The First Time

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Canada is a wonderful stretch of beauty with far-reaching forests and endless lakes. If you're planning a trip to visit Canada, you're in for a treat. However before travelling, you need to prepare and know what to expect. From identifying the perfect holiday spots to finding out the no-go areas and other safety considerations will make you have the best experience. If you haven't visited this amazing destination before, here are some important things you need to know before you travel to Canada.
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Know what to wear
Canada is a long stretch of land with various climates and temperatures, so it's important to do some research before you travel. For instance, during winter, a visit to an area like Winnipeg will be quite different from somewhere like Vancouver. While it may be winter in both locations, you'll experience some differences in the weather.

If you're preparing to travel during the winter season, it is vital to ensure that you have all your winter essentials packed. These should include your pair of reliable snow boots, at least one winter proof jacket, as well as some woollen accessories. Winter aside, you also need to prepare yourself for Canada's weather conditions in general. Be sure to check out the country’s weather pattern days leading up to your travel day so you know what to expect. And if you're thinking about driving during winter, then you should expect several road closures when the weather gets extreme. Before booking a rental car, ensure that it comes fully equipped with snow tires.

Be border savvy
Are you thinking about visiting neighbouring territories or provinces or perhaps considering an escape to an isolated lakeside cottage during your visit? Then you might want to familiarize yourself with the ever-evolving interprovincial travel regulations and recently introduced interprovincial travel corridors to avoid getting into any kind of trouble. It would also help to be mindful of the preferences of individual communities, especially as the current coronavirus pandemic continues since not every community may be ready to open up to travellers.

Don't hesitate to visit territorial or provincial government websites to get up-to-date information on various border statuses. And, speaking of the coronavirus, the next point is equally important.

Stay on top of the latest entry requirements
At the moment, you can only enter the country if you're fully vaccinated. You'll also be required to go through a period of 14 days of isolation after you take your COVID shots before being allowed entry into the country.

If you're considering a long stay, most visitors can stay for up to six months in Canada. However, if you’re thinking of becoming a permanent resident or citizen, you might want to go to this site to help you prepare for a Canadian citizenship test.

What about pets?
Going on a long-term trip and leaving your favourite animal buddy behind can be very hard for many pet lovers. So you might be wondering if it is possible to visit Canada and take your pet along with you for a long-term stay.

Cats and dogs can enter the country as long as they appear in good health. You need to have valid rabies vaccination certifications for them, and they should be issued within three years of your travel date and licensed by a qualified veterinarian. If you have more than one cat or dog, you're going to need one vaccination certification for each animal accompanying you.

But this is only limited to entry. Different hotels, lodges, and accommodation facilities will have different policies on pets. So, you'll have to do your research in advance to identify the hotels you prefer and their pet policies and even book in advance before you set off.

Travel insurance
Regardless of your country of origin, you cannot ignore how important travel insurance has become and for good reasons. While travel insurance may not protect you or prevent unexpected events, it can cushion you from the financial repercussions of those events. From unexpected cancellations, accidents, civil or political unrests, or sudden evacuations, so many things could go wrong and ruin your travel experience. Having travel insurance will ensure that you don't return home with a mountain of financial regret.

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