Six tips for stress-free travel from RBC Insurance



    MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 5 /CNW/ - Canadians planning their perfect
vacation often forget important details that can spoil or interrupt a
well-deserved and long-awaited journey.
    "Lost baggage, missed flights or sudden health issues can really put a
damper on a vacation," said Stan Seggie, president and CEO of the travel
insurance division of RBC Insurance. "Unfortunately, people often realize too
late that they overlooked purchasing comprehensive travel insurance, which
could have saved them stress and headaches."
    Here are six travel tips from RBC Insurance to help ensure Canadians have
a stress-free travel experience:

    
    1. Make sure your passport is current. Many countries will not permit
       entry if your passport expires several months beyond your date of
       arrival. A recent change to U.S. regulations now means that when
       flying to the U.S., you must present a valid Canadian passport. If you
       are travelling by land or sea, a passport or a government-issued
       photo ID, such as a driver's licence, plus a birth certificate or
       citizenship card is required. For those under 18, only a birth
       certificate is required. For further passport information, visit
       www.passportcanada.gc.ca.
    2. Understand exactly what your travel coverage benefits offer to ensure
       there are no gaps. For example, government health insurance plans
       often pay only a portion of out-of-country medical costs, and don't
       offer benefits such as baggage and personal effects insurance, flight
       and travel accident insurance, and trip interruption/after departure
       insurance. Credit cards often provide coverage for a limited number of
       days or limit the amount you can claim and may not provide coverage
       after age 65. Employment benefits may not cover all medical
       emergencies and may limit travel benefits.
    3. When flying, remember that you are only allowed to carry on liquids,
       gels and aerosols with a maximum capacity of 100 ml each, placed
       inside a one litre re-sealable plastic zip-top bag. There is a limit
       of one bag per passenger. Canadian airport security check-in areas
       offer these bags free of charge. Any liquids not meeting these
       requirements must be packed in your checked luggage. For more details
       go to www.catsa-acsta.gc.ca/english/travel_voyage/list.shtml.
    4. Make two copies of an emergency contact list before you leave - take
       one with you, packed separately from your passport, wallet and
       identification documents and leave a copy at home, with family or
       friends. Include phone numbers for lost passports, wallets, and/or
       other ID documents. The Canadian government's Services Canada website
       includes a comprehensive list of contact numbers for such emergencies
       at www.servicecanada.gc.ca/en/lifeevents/wallet.shtml.
    5. Before you leave home, notify credit card and debit card providers
       about your travel locations and ask them to provide you with
       out-of-Canada contact phone numbers to use if any cards are lost or
       stolen.
    6. Check if any travel advisories or warnings have been issued for your
       destination at www.voyage.gc.ca/dest/ctry/reportpage-en.asp. Try to
       familiarize yourself with the local laws and customs of your
       destination since you are subject to the laws of those countries you
       visit.
    

    Canadian travellers should check the web sites above for up-to-date
information, as certain travel requirements can change without notice.
    RBC offers a wide range of travel insurance products. For more
information when making travel arrangements, ask a travel agent about
RBC Insurance, go online to www.rbcroyalbank.com/travel, call 1-800-565-3129,
or visit a local RBC branch.

    About RBC Insurance(R)

    RBC Insurance, through its operating entities, including RBC Insurance
Company of Canada, Assured Assistance Inc. and The Liberty Marketing
Corporation, provides a wide range of life, health, travel, home, auto and
reinsurance products as well as creditor insurance services to more than five
million North American customers. RBC Insurance is the leading provider of
travel insurance and emergency assistance services in Canada and has also
expanded into the U.S. travel insurance market. Its travel insurance
operations draw on more than 40 years of professional experience and provide a
wide range of products and services through a network of over 4,000 travel
agencies, as well as over the Internet and through bank channels, to more than
three million individual and corporate customers annually. For more
information, please visit www.rbcinsurance.com.

    (R) Registered trademarks of Royal Bank of Canada. Used under license.





For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Kerry Gaetano, (905) 816-5583,
kerry.gaetano@rbc.com


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