Millions of U.S. citizens visit Canada each year. We hope this
brochure will help you avoid problems, but if you should need
assistance as a result of an accident, illness, or even the loss
of your passport, our Embassy in Ottawa and Consulates General
in Halifax, Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver
are there to assist you.
PART ONE: BEFORE YOU GO
For up-to-date travel information on Canada or any country in
the world that you plan to visit, obtain the Department of State's
Consular Information Sheet. Consular Information Sheets cover
such matters as health conditions, unusual currency and entry
regulations, crime and security conditions, drug penalties, and
areas of instability. In addition, the State Department issues
Travel Warnings when we recommend Americans defer travel to a
country because of unsafe conditions. Travel Warnings are under
continuous review by the Department of State. Before you depart
for a country that has a Travel Warning, make certain that you
have the most recent revision of the Warning. The Department of
State also issues Public Announcements as a means to disseminate
information quickly about relatively short-term and/or trans-national
conditions which would pose significant risks to the security
of American travelers.
How to Access Consular Information Sheets, Travel Warnings
and Public Announcements
Consular Information Sheets, Travel Warnings and Public Announcements
may be heard any time by dialing the Office of Overseas Citizens
Services at (202) 647-5225 from a touchtone phone. The recording
is updated as new information becomes available. They are also
available at the 13 regional U.S. passport agencies, field offices
of the Department of Commerce, and U.S. embassies and consulates
abroad, or, by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope and
indicating the desired country to the Office of Overseas Citizens
Services, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Room 4811, U.S. Department
of State, Washington, D.C. 20520-4818.
Information about travel and consular services
is also available on the Internet's World Wide Web. The address
is http://travel.state.gov. Visitors to the web site will find
Travel Warnings, Public Announcements and Consular Information
Sheets, passport and visa information, travel publications, background
on international adoption and international child abduction services
and international legal assistance. There is also a link to the
State Department's main site on the Internet's World Wide Web
with current foreign affairs information. The address is: http://www.state.gov.
From your fax machine, dial (202) 647-3000, using
the handset as you would a regular telephone. The system prompts
you on how to proceed.
Consular Affairs Bulletin Board - CABB
If you have a personal computer, modem and communication
software, you can access the Consular Affairs Bulletin Board (CABB).
This service is free of charge. To view or download the documents
using a computer and modem, dial the CABB on (301) 946-4400. The
login is travel; the password is info.