International travelers can now enjoy one-stop shopping to keep their visit to Canada safe and informed.
The federal government has launched a newly revamped Travel.gc.ca website where travelers can find all sorts of easily and efficient information.
“Our government is pleased to announce Travel.gc.ca, a newly revamped tool to help Canadians travel smarter and safer,” said Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs, while launching the website in Toronto recently. “For the first time ever, we have brought together in one place information from all government departments to help Canadians be informed before, during and after their travels.”
The website also offers Travel Smart, a new mobile application, that allows Canadians anywhere in the world to access Government of Canada information and services on international travel.
Canadians will also be able to access key travel information from anywhere in the world through Twitter, Facebook, RSS feeds and email updates.
Travel.gc.ca is supported by a social media presence distributing the latest travel advice, crisis updates and emergency contact information.
Social media channels will also provide a venue for Canadians to let the Government of Canada know about their travel-related needs and priorities.
“Canadians access Travel.gc.ca and government services from their mobile devices in surprising numbers,” said Ablonczy. “The Travel Smart app and social media channels are a natural fit in our age of smart phones.”
Travel.gc.ca is managed by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada in collaboration with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, the Canada Border Services Agency, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the Canada Revenue Agency, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Environment Canada, Health Canada, Passport Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Public Safety Canada and Transport Canada.
Border wait times
Canadians who drive home from the United States should visit Travel.gc.ca to save time by checking the list of wait times at Canada-U.S. border stations from coast to coast. They can also do so before leaving on a trip to the United States.
Airport security screening
By visiting Travel.gc.ca, Canadians can also check the list of airport security screening wait times before leaving for the airport to make sure they have enough time for the screening process.
For further information, visit Travel.gc.ca.
To download the Travel Smart mobile application, visit Travel.gc.ca/mobile.