SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. Sept. 21, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Travelling to the United States is not as simple as it used to be. Gone are the days where you could pile your loved ones in the car on a whim and just go. Nowadays it takes a little bit more planning and foresight.
Look up travel advisories
Even though many Canadians do not really notice much of difference between Canada and the United States, it is a foreign country and subject to travel advisories by the government of Canada. To view up-to-date advisories and other advice for travelling to the United States, visit the United States section of the [popup url=”https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/united-states” height=”1000″ width=”1000″ scrollbars=”1″]Canadian government’s travel advisory website[/popup]. Before you travel abroad, it is also a good idea to register with the Canadian government, in case of an emergency while travelling in the United States or a personal emergency at home.
Gather required documents
If you travel to the United States by air, you need to provide a Nexus card or valid passport – the latter of which needs only be valid up until their date of departure. If you enter the United States via a land or sea crossing, the United States Customs and Border Protection will accept any of the following: SENTRI enrollment cards, Nexus card, Free and Secure Trade (FAST) card, Enhanced Driver’s License or Identification card, or a valid Canadian passport. For citizens under the age of 16, a birth certificate needs to be provided.
Know the area
You are not immune to accidents or sickness when travelling so make sure you know what to do in case of a medical event. Before you go on your trip, do some research – like where to find the closest urgent care centre – to ensure you know what to do in an emergency. After we used “[popup url=”http://plushcare.com/ca/urgent-care-san-diego/” height=”1000″ width=”1000″ scrollbars=”1″]urgent care San Diego[/popup]” in our search, we found Plushcare, an online company that allows you to access urgent care advice over the phone.
Buy travel health insurance
Provincial health plans cover only a small portion of health care costs when travelling outside of Canada, so you need to ensure that you purchase travel insurance before you travel to the United States. A good travel insurance plan will also include coverage for expenses not related to medical issues, such as lost baggage and trip cancellation.
Have a plan
Whether you are just heading into the United States for over the border shopping or [popup url=”http://www.troymedia.com/2015/04/16/tips-to-planning-your-first-trip-to-las-vegas/” height=”1000″ width=”1000″ scrollbars=”1″]planning your first trip to Las Vegas[/popup], remember to have a plan. An itinerary is the best way to ensure that you have enough funds to cover all your known and unplanned expenses. There is nothing worse than running out of money before your trip is over.
Stay within the law
Travellers can forget that when travelling to a foreign country they are subject to that country’s laws. Sure, the United States and Canada are close friends and neighbors but we do have our differences when it comes to the rule of law. In the United States, laws can also differ from state to state so make sure you know some of the differences before you travel there. It may sound like common sense but some people – not just Canadians – travel under the assumption that their government will bail them out if they get in trouble with the law.
Like Canada, the United States is full of amazing and unique places to visit. There are so many things to see and do, providing stories that will last a lifetime. It is one of the many benefits of sharing the longest undefended border – in the military sense anyway – in the world. Make sure you bring your cameras and journals so you can record all the great memories you will surely create.
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