Friday, March 20, 2015

Travelling with medication (prescribed/over-the-counter)

"Can I travel with medications?" Yes, but there are things you should know about.  The following is a summary of the guideline posted on the website of Government of Canada for travellers who carry prescribed or over-the-counter medications.

Before departure:

1) Consult "what you can bring on a plane" to determine what you can and cannot pack in your carry-on bag.
2) Pack medications in your baggage in their ORIGINAL, labelled containers to facilitate airport security and customs screening.
3) Do not try to save luggage space by combining medications into a single container.
4) Carry a copy of the original prescription. A doctor's note describing why you're taking the medication is also recommended.
5) If you're carrying any unusual medication, contact foreign government office in Canada of the country you plan to visit before departing to make sure bringing medical supplies are allowed into the country.
6) Canadian visitors to the United States should be aware that their personal medication may be subject to U.S. drug importation laws and regulations. For further information, visit the website of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

At abroad:

Do not buy medication outside Canada unless you have been advised by a health care professional. Be aware of counterfeit medications or those that may not meet Canadian standards.

Coming back to Canada with medication:

A) Prescription medication
- Health Canada may permit a single course of treatment or a 90-day supply, whichever is less.
- The drug must be in hospital or pharmacy-dispensed packaging.
B) Over-the-counter medication
- Permitted to import a single course of treatment or a 90-day supply, whichever is less.
-  The drug must be shipped or carried in hospital/pharmacy-dispensed packaging.

Air Canada recommends that medication be packed in carry-on baggage.  It makes sense as we may need to reach those medications in case of emergency. Given that checked baggage often goes lost, it is the best to keep your medication in your carry-on bag as much as you can.

Finally, don't forget to pack your travel insurance certificate and ID card provided by insurer. 
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Government of Canada
Air Canada

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Medical Expenses at sun destinations - US,Mexico & Dominican Republic

Travelling this March Break?  Even if it's only for a week, accident can happen.

According to RSA Travel Insurance, medical expenses in sun destinations could be thousands of dollars. Below is an example. 

She's a 22-year-old university student. She made her way to sun destinations during March Break. As a budget traveller, purchasing travel insurance was not her priority. Unfortunately, a wet pool-side deck caused a twisted knee and severely sprained wrist.

Here's the average cost for hospital two nights stay, meedications, physician, ambulance, incidentals(meals), and repatriation(seat grade up to provide extra leg room).

- Punta Cana(Dominican Republic)  $6,935
- Acapulco(Mexico)           $7,780
- Cancun(Mexico)             $8,225 
- Florida(United States)   $35,020
Total Cost: $6,935 (Punta Cana)- $35,020(Florida)

If she purchased travel insurance at $25, the cost would be down to $0.

If you're thinking of hitting the beach, consider buying travel insurance. When purchasing, check your policy wording especially exclusion clause.

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Source:RSA Travel Insurance

Monday, March 9, 2015

China's new visa - long-term and multiple entry

Do you travel to China often? If so, here's good news.

Government of Canada announced that new type of Chinese visas available for Canadians from today. The newly introduced visa allows multiple-entry and is valid for up to 10 years. This sure will reduce your costs and time. For more information, please contact Chinese consulates and authorities. 

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Source: Government of Canada website