#AskAnAgent: your travel questions answered

#AskAnAgent: your travel questions answered

Last Updated on June 22, 2020 by Amanda Stancati

We asked you, our Trip Sense readers, what travel questions you’d like to #AskAnAgent to prepare for your upcoming vacations and to keep in mind as you daydream about Caribbean vacations. Today, we answer three questions for you:

What are the “must see and must do” things in Panama, besides the Panama Canal?
We asked our travel agents for their list of “must do and must see” things in Panama.

Some of the top recommendations include:

  • Canopy Adventure: Zip-line on different cables (the longest is 225 meters!) and see an incredible view of the jungle below.
  • Visit the province of Cocle, where traditional crafts are still integral to daily life. With the city of Penonome offering cathedrals, city markets, and El Cano’s archaeological museum, this is a must for your list.
  • Monkey Island Boat tour: Visit the islands in the lakes of the Panama Canal Waterway by boat, where you’ll see monkeys swinging in the jungle (and sometimes jumping onto your boat), exotic birds, and crocodiles.
  • Casco Antiguo walking tour: This area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in 1671 to protect the city from pirates, the neighbourhood has since been beautified with stately tropical architecture, cobblestone streets, many art galleries, coffeehouses, street musicians, restaurants, and sidewalk cafes! A must-see for an afternoon stroll.

To find out more about Panama, or to book your Panama vacation, call 1-800-665-4981.

What vaccinations are required or recommended for international travel?
Requirements for safe travel differ, depending on your vacation destination. In addition to having your regular immunizations and vaccinations up to date, the Canadian government recommends meeting with a healthcare professional six weeks prior to travel to ensure your health during your holidays.

The Government of Canada also suggests travelers contact their embassy or consulate in the country in which they plan to visit to ensure there are no health advisories or requirements for vaccinations before departure. More information on required vaccinations and staying healthy abroad can be found on the Canadian government’s website.

Are there any ways to expedite getting a passport if you won a trip but don’t yet have your documentation?
If you’re hoping to travel soon after winning one of our trips (congratulations!), your best bet is to apply for your Passport and necessary travel documents in person at a Service Canada centre. Service Canada estimates a turn-around time of 10 business days when applying in person, while applying by mail will take 20 business days to process, not including mail and delivery time.

For urgent travel, proof of travel is required at a Passport Canada office. Proof of travel may be your airline ticket, a travel itinerary showing proof of payment, or a written statement. Additional fees will apply for expedited service.

The Passport Canada website has complete information on urgent travel and expedited services for Passports.

What travel questions do you have for our travel experts?


  1. How many months must your passport be valid for before expiry date to travel to cuba? Passport expires in August, I plan to travel in April. Do I need to renew this before travelling?

    • Hi Tylerann,

      Usually six months is standard for a passport to be valid past your travel departure date. However, the government website states one month beyond the date of your expected departure to Cuba is sufficient: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/cuba

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