Tips to keep in mind for safe travels

Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, here are a few tips to help keep you safe when close to home or abroad.


If you’re going to an exotic location, minimize your chance of illness by getting the necessary immunizations from your family doctor. Some countries actually require that you have certain immunizations before you’re allowed to enter.

Check the country's official website to make sure your shots are up to date and find out what documentation you need as proof of immunization. You can also check the Government of Canada’s recommendations for travel vaccinations and find current health and safety warnings for destinations around the world.

Travel documents

Canadians now require a passport for travel to most countries, including the United States. Some countries also require a travel visa, especially if you’re staying for an extended period. Visas are only available from the country you’re travelling to and may be applied for through their government website.

Before you leave, write down the details of your passport and visa (if applicable), credit and debit card details, travel insurance information, and driver’s license. Keep this information in a secure location. If anything gets stolen, like your wallet, you’ll have a record and be able to quickly take action.

Cyber safety

People often use social media to ask for sightseeing and dining recommendations before they travel, but you should exercise caution when posting details about your travel plans. It leaves your home vulnerable to break-ins. Try to make your home look lived-in while you’re away; have someone collect your mail and shovel your snow in winter.

When travelling, avoid using public wifi to access confidential information like credit card and banking websites. Public wifi is easier for thieves to hack and puts you at risk of theft and identity fraud.

Check your travel coverage

Learn more about the wide range of comprehensive travel-related coverage offerings available through The Co-operators, including:

  • Emergency hospital and medical
  • Multi-trip plans for frequent travellers
  • Trip cancellation and interruption
  • Flight accident
  • Accidental death and dismemberment

For more information, contact your local Financial Advisor.

Travel insurance does not cover everything. For complete terms, conditions, limitations and exclusions, please refer to the policy. Travel insurance is underwritten by CUMIS General Insurance Company, a member of the Co-operators group of companies and administered by Allianz Global Assistance, which is a registered business name of AZGA Service Canada Inc.