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News Release

November 23, 2012
For immediate release

Government of Canada Launches International Travel Website

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November 23, 2012 - Pierre Poilievre, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, Member of Parliament for Nepean-Carleton was in Ottawa today, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs), to unveil the newly revamped, Canada’s official “one-stop shop” for international travel information.

“Our government is pleased to announce, a newly revamped tool to help Canadians travel smarter and safer,” said Minister Ablonczy. “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.”

“ can help Canadians’ travels go smoothly” said Parliamentary Secretary Poilievre. “It has great resources to help Canadians stay healthy as they travel the world. The new site features information on vaccinations and packing your medication, notices on potential health risks abroad and fact sheets on diseases. This comprehensive source of information will help Canadians to enjoy their journey and their destination more.” is a single website where Canadians will find, easily and efficiently, the information they need to travel or live abroad safely and to make informed decisions. In addition to the website, a new mobile application, Travel Smart, is now available; it 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. is supported by a social media presence distributing the latest travel advice, crisis updates and emergency contact information.

The Public Health Agency of Canada strongly recommends that Canadians consult with a travel health clinic or health care provider, preferably six weeks before travelling. Travellers can protect themselves against many common and preventable travel-related illnesses by consulting and following up on the available information. is managed by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada External Link in collaboration with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority External Link, the Canada Border Services Agency External Link, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency External Link, the Canada Revenue Agency External Link, Citizenship and Immigration Canada External Link, Environment Canada External Link, Health Canada External Link, Passport Canada External Link, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Public Safety Canada External Link and Transport Canada External Link.

For more information, please visit External Link.

To download the Travel Smart mobile application, please visit External Link.

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