Tips for travelers!

  • Don’t forget your passport! Also, be sure your passport is currently valid and has not or will not expire during your
  • For those traveling from Europe or Australia, check as to whether you need to apply for an electronic travel authorization (ETA) to enter Canada. If you do, you will need your ETA to board your
  • French and English are the official languages of Canada and are the languages most commonly spoken. Be prepared to see both languages prevalent as you travel through
  • Inform your bank and your credit card companies of your travel plans, so they do not suspect stolen identity and suspend access to your
  • Check your cell phone plan for International calls and texts, so you do not acquire any unexpected fees. Download free communication smartphone apps, like WhatsApp, to communicate with friends and family back home. Hotel rooms and conference meeting rooms will have free wi-fi access, so be sure to utilize these services to avoid additional data charges or fees from your service
  • Anticipate financial needs, such as local currency and departure tax. There are several smartphone apps that will help you convert the exchange rate. This may be helpful when you get back home and need to make conversions for expense reports,
  • Arrange for travel health insurance and take care of health needs, such as extra eyeglasses, prescriptions, vaccinations and medical certificates and supplies.
  • Be prepared to go through customs! Be knowledgeable about the conference information (location, dates, etc.) and bring an itinerary to share upon request. Here is an article from USA Today with some customs travel tips for declaring items purchased during your visit: http://traveltips.usatoday.com/declare-items-purchased-another-country-html
  • If you are bringing items to ISASH as giveaways, be sure to inform customs they are not being sold and are being distributed
  • Leave copies of your passport identification page, itinerary and insurance policy with friends or
  • Safety Tip – Be wise when posting on social media, as it may inform unwanted visitors or burglars that you are out of town and your home is vacant.
  • Now that you are prepared, get ready to have a one-of-a-kind, memorable experience in Halifax during a fun and educational filled week with colleagues, friends and family.