Security and health

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Smartraveller site provides advice for business travellers and tourists going to Canada. This is regularly updated, and should be checked before planning travel.

It is strongly recommended that Australian travellers take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, before their departure. They should confirm that their insurance covers them for the whole time they will be away and check what circumstances and activities are / are not included in their policy.

It is also recommended that Australian travellers register your travel and contact details, before travelling, on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website, to provide greater protection in case of an emergency.

Security

Canada is generally a safe country to visit but visitors are advised to take sensible precautions to protect themselves against petty crime – such as not leaving luggage or valuables unattended and out of sight in cars. If a victim of crime, report it to the police immediately. For assistance and/or to replace lost passports, contact the nearest consulate.

Health

Canada has a publically funded and administered health care system that provides universal coverage to all Canadians. Visitors have access to the system but the cost of medical treatment can be very expensive. As there are no reciprocal health care agreements between Canada and Australia, it is essential to have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment when visiting Canada, even for brief stays. For emergency health care, visitors can go to a nearby hospital’s emergency room or to any of the many walk-in clinics where appointments are not required. There are no specific health precautions recommended or required for travel to Canada but it is advisable to have had tetanus, polio and diphtheria vaccinations. Rabies is present in some remote areas of the country but poses no real risk to business travellers.