Overall, the U.S. is a safe country to visit. However, risks differ significantly from location to location. In major cities, both petty and violent crime incidents tend to increase, especially after dark and in less affluent areas. In general, travellers should take normal safety precautions such as staying aware of their surroundings, keeping valuables in a secure location, not leaving belongings unattended or in parked vehicles and avoiding travelling alone after dark.
Gun violence is an issue in the U.S., but while high-profile mass shootings garner significant media attention, these incidents make up only a small percentage of homicides as shooting incidents are more likely to be of an interpersonal nature. For peace of mind, get to know the basics of responding to a security event. Our travel insurance plans provide features and services such as Worldwide Travel Assistance. Some plans may include Personal Security Assistance which includes 24/7 access to security and safety advisories, global risk analysis and consultation specialist. Contact us for more information.
Depending on where and when you travel, protests can also be a concern in the U.S. Keep track of local news developments and avoid any areas where demonstrations are taking place.
Different regions of the U.S. face various natural disasters and severe weather risks. Make sure you research the specific concerns in your destination in relation to the time of year you are travelling.
Finally, medical care in the U.S. can be very expensive without insurance coverage. Be sure to carefully research travel insurance policies to ensure appropriate coverage for your needs and in your destination.
Visit the Government of Canada website for up-to-date information on travel advisory levels and safety information for travellers to U.S.
All Canadian travellers should enroll in the Registration of Canadians Abroad program, a free service offered to Canadian citizens travelling and living abroad. Enrolling in this program allows you to receive important information from the Government of Canada and helps them contact you in an emergency.