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With hurricane season in full swing, the Foreign Affairs Department is reminding travellers heading south to take precautions.
Its tips include:
- Ensure that your travel insurance allows for trip cancellation/interruption in the event of a hurricane.
- Ensure that detailed information — including the name of the tour operator, flight details, hotel name, location, room number and telephone numbers, cruise ship details and itineraries — is left with family or friends in Canada.
- Consider registering with the Foreign Affairs registration service at www.voyage.gc.ca.
Registration can be done online or by calling a Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate abroad to request a registration form.
- Follow the advice, including departure orders, of local authorities and/or tour operators.
- Carry details on how to contact Foreign Affairs Canada’s Emergency Operations Centre at 1-800-267-6788 or 613-996-8885, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and accepts emergency collect calls from Canadians requiring assistance abroad.
Hurricane season runs until Nov. 30. The U.S. East Coast and Gulf Coast (including Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas), Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean are the most threatened areas.