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Important Information RE: Travel to countries affected by Ebola

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Bell Mobility offers "A la Carte" options when travelling outside of Canada. Please visit this page for options.

Know Before You Go

Health and Insurance

The McGill Emergency Travel Assistance Plan (Manulife) provides emergency medical coverage for all McGillians who are covered under the McGill Supplemental Health Plan, while they are travelling outside Quebec. 

Vaccines Can Help Ensure Healthy Travel Abroad!

  • If you are planning on travelling abroad, especially to the tropics, you may be at risk for a number of vaccine-preventable illnesses. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you contact a travel clinic well in advance of your trip.
  • Visiting a clinic like McGill’s J.D. MacLean Centre Pre-Travel Clinic offers travellers the chance to review their immunization history, assess needs and discuss any related health concerns with respect to their travel itinerary.
  • The cost of the vaccine, if prescribed by a physician, is covered by the McGill Supplemental Health Plan. The cost of giving the injection is not covered.
  • Travellers should also refer to online travel health resources like DFATD’s Vaccination and Country Advice & Advisories  for up-to-date information and warnings – destination specific.

Travel Safety

Prior to departure it is recommended to consult the Government of Canada’s Country Travel Advice and Advisories webpage for the country you are travelling to. Visit Travel Advice and Advisories

The Government of Canada also has "A Canadian's guide to working, studying, volunteering or retiring in a foreign country". Visit http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/publications/living-abroad

Register Your Trip

Register your travel before you leave here:  https://www.mcgill.ca/hr/app/travel

Because embassies can also provide assistance to their nationals in an emergency, it’s highly recommended that Canadians register with DFATD at http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/registration

Personal Documents to take with you

  • Passport (must be valid for a minimum of 90 days after the return date of your trip - important to verify each country's requirements)
  • It is strongly recommended to leave copies of your documents with someone at home and to have an electronic copy of your passport with you.
  • Research the documents needed to enter the country you are travelling to in the Entry/Exit Requirements tab under your travel destination on http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories. Keep in mind that some countries require visas, which could be a lengthy and costly process.
  • Visa (if required; must still be valid)
  • Health insurance documents
  • List of medications & vaccinations
  • Detailed travel itinerary, including flight information and accommodations
  • Emergency contact information for resources abroad (medical center, embassy, the University and/or family members)

Medical Emergencies While Travelling

Make sure that you are prepared. Download and print your personal Manulife insurance card with the relevant information. You are encouraged to gather all important information concerning your health insurance coverage before you leave at Information for your healthcare provider.


Keep all receipts of expenses made on the trip to be eligible for reimbursement. Check webpage for further details at Expense reimbursement

Seat Selection

How to choose the best seat: (refer to SeatGuru.com)

  • On a short  trip, you may want an aisle seat near the front of the plane so you can debark as quickly as possible upon arrival
  • On an overnight flight, you may want a window seat so you have a place to rest your head
  • Nervous fliers might prefer to sit on the wing, where there is less turbulence

How to get the best seat

  • Join a frequent flyer program
  • Buy your tickets early and book the seat right away

What to Pack

See the webpage What Can I Bring for a complete list of items allowed and prohibited in both your carry-on and checked-in luggage.

Health Abroad (Food and water)

  • Take precautions when travelling to areas with low levels of sanitation and health care. Food and water might be subject to contamination.

Cellular Global roaming information

Cell phone/smartphone use can become costly when travelling outside of your home base. Bell mobility has special packages to ensure savings on cellular usage. See Bell Mobility Travel

Keep in mind the following tips:

  • Disable the data roaming function
  • Use Wi-Fi whenever possible
  • Disable the fetch new data function (iPhone), the Browser Push Function (Blackberry) or the Auto-sync function (Android)

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