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How to travel safely during hurricane season


How to travel safely during hurricane season

Hurricane season is officially underway,and will run through the end of November.

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Travelling during this timeframe is often met with unpredictable weather, and Global Affairs Canada is reminding Canadians to take severe weather conditions into consideration when planning their travels. Hurricanes, cyclones, typhoons and monsoons are all examples of extreme weather.

The most threatened areas for hurricanes are the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and the east and Gulf coasts of the United States. Check the Travel Advice and Advisories to see if your destination is prone to hurricanes. Check them twice: before purchasing your trip and again before you leave Canada.

In 2017, two Category 5 storms, Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria, ripped through the Caribbean, causing significant damage and disaster in countries including Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Dominica, St. Martin/St. Maarten, Puerto Rico, and even parts of Florida.

Travelling in hurricane season

Despite weather conditions, many Canadians do still travel during hurricane season, especially because there are great flight and hotel deals to be found during shoulder season and low season.

If you decide to travel to a hurricane-prone destination during the hurricane season, the following advice could be especially helpful:

  • Purchase travel insurance and make sure it covers trip cancellation or interruption in the event of a hurricane.
  • Carry emergency contact information for your airline or tour operator as well as for the Canadian government office nearest to your destination.
  • Leave copies of your travel documents and detailed information on your itinerary, tour operation, flights, hotels, cruise ships, telephone numbers and email addresses with family or friends at home.
  • Be prepared to change your travel plans on short notice and at your own cost.
  • Stay informed of the latest regional weather forecasts, and follow the advice and instructions of local authorities.

All Canadians travelling abroad should consider signing up for Registration of Canadians Abroad. This free service will allow the Government of Canada to reach you in case of an emergency or during a natural disaster abroad.

Global Affairs Canada also has a free Travel Smart app as well as Twitter and Facebook, where travellers will be able to receive updated travel advice on the go.

Global Affairs Canada provides emergency consular assistance to Canadians faced with unexpected situations abroad, and are ready to assist Canadians 24/7 through an Emergency Watch and Response Centre. Canadians requiring emergency assistance abroad can contact the centre anytime and from anywhere by calling collect 1 613 996 8885 or by sending a message to sos@international.gc.ca.

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