7 dos and don’ts for international travel

While you may be aware of some basic rules and precautions when it comes to food, safety and travel, there are several things everyone needs to know. Here are seven tips to help you avoid potential problems and ensure a safe and stress-free journey.

  1. Don’t bring plants home. Some plants can carry pests and diseases that can damage Canadian agriculture and the environment. So, leave plants behind – no matter how beautiful they are.
  2. Do check requirements for travelling with pets. As soon as you know your travel details, contact your veterinarian. They can help you navigate the pet travel process, which may involve getting a health certificate, updating vaccinations, undergoing testing or even administering medications.
  3. Don’t visit a farm. If you have been on a farm or near wild animals on your trip, it’s best to avoid visiting any Canadian farms upon your return for at least 14 days. Make sure your clothing and footwear are clean, so you don’t risk spreading diseases to other animals.
  4. Do take precautions to avoid foodborne illness. Local cuisine can be a real treat. Just remember to learn about how food is prepared and served in different places so you can avoid any risks to your health.
  5. Don’t hesitate to ask about allergens. Remain vigilant with food allergens, ask to see lists of ingredients and check food labels. Keep in mind that the labels may not be the same as what you’re used to in Canada, so pay close attention.
  6. Do declare any food and animal products when entering Canada. Doing this can help prevent the spread of diseases, pests and unwanted species that could mess with our environment and agriculture. Plus, not declaring them could get you a penalty of up to $1,300 and your items confiscated.
  7. Don’t pack restricted food. Did you know that certain foods could spread animal diseases like African swine fever? Known as ASF, the disease doesn’t infect humans, but it’s deadly to pigs and can seriously hurt farms and the pork industry here in Canada. Don’t take the risk – leave the pork products off the plane.

Find more information at inspection.canada.ca/asf

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