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insider: insurance WINTER 2021 | 49 Travel Safely WHILE THERE'S A LOT OF ANTICIPATION in the lead-up to any holiday, it's important to protect your trip, especially in these uncertain times. Purchasing travel insurance is as essential as booking your flight and your hotel. Travel insurance can cover medical emergencies, trip cancellation or interruption and lost luggage or out-of-pocket expenses, including replacing lost or stolen personal documents, like your driver's licence. TRAVEL INSURANCE 101 Cut this checklist out and keep it handy when planning your next holiday. Turn the page for more helpful tips STEP 1 Planning your trip Check to see if there are any travel advisories issued by Global Affairs Canada for your destination. Think about what kind of travel insurance you may require. Do you need medical coverage, trip cancellation or both? Speak with a CAA Travel Insurance 1 expert to go over your options. Check to see if there are limits or restrictions on any travel insurance coverage you have with your credit card, employee benefits or pension. STEP 2 Purchasing travel insurance for your trip Before you call, visit a CAA Store or go online to purchase your CAA Travel Insurance, have the following information ready: • Travel destination(s) with your departure and return dates • Date of birth of the traveller(s) • Medical history, including any pre-existing conditions • CAA Membership number (Members save 10%*—but you don't have to be a Member to purchase a travel insurance policy) • The cost of the trip per person (flights, accommodation, transfers, attraction tickets and other related items) Check what vaccinations are required for your destination. If multiple injections are necessary, have them administered several weeks apart. Update your immunization status with a booster shot. Check what the visa and entry requirements are for the country of your destination. STEP 3 Pre-travel to destination Ensure your personal documents are up to date. Check that your passport is valid and isn't going to expire within six months of your planned return. Print your tickets and boarding passes, any visas and other required government documents and your travel insurance policy information (policy number, wallet card). Also, make sure you have proof of your Covid-19 vaccinations or negative Covid test results. Check Global Affairs Canada for updated travel advisories for your destination. Contact CAA Assistance 2 immediately if the Canadian government has issued a new advisory for your destination. STEP 4 Once you arrive at your destination If you or your travel companion(s) need medical help, contact CAA Assistance—the number is listed on your wallet card—before seeking or receiving any medical assistance. After providing your policy number, you'll be advised what steps to take in order to respect the conditions of your travel insurance policy. If you require urgent assistance, call the local emergency service at your destination.

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