Travel Information


China

useful links
Consulate-General Of The People's Republic Of China in Toronto
China National Tourist Office
Canadian Embassy/Consulate Information
BEIJING - Canadian Embassy, Consular Section
19 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chao Yang District, 
Beijing 100600
Tel: (86) 10-5139-4000
Fax: (86) 10-5139-4449
SHANGHAI – Consulate General of Canada
ECO City Building, 8th floor, 
1788 Nanjing Xi Lu, Jing An District, 
Shanghai 200040
Tel: (86) 21-3279-2800
Fax: (86) 21- 3279-2801
visa
Canadians traveling passports  require a visa
language
Mandarin but some english in tourist attractions
country code
86
Time Zone
GMT+8
Currency
Renminbi (RMB) (¥) Conversion
Electricity
Voltage: 220-240 Volts; 2 and 3 Prong Outlet
Weather (Low/High °C)
(Beijing)
Jan
-9 / 2
Feb
-7 / 4
Mar
-1 / 11
Apr
7 / 20
May
13 / 26
Jun
18 / 30
Jul
22 / 31
Aug
20 / 30
Sep
14 / 26
Oct
7 / 19
Nov
0 / 10
Dec
-7 / 3
(Shanghai)
Jan
0 / 8
Feb
2 / 9
Mar
5 / 13
Apr
11 / 19
May
16 / 24
Jun
20 / 27
Jul
25 / 32
Aug
25 / 32
Sep
20 / 27
Oct
15 / 22
Nov
9 / 17
Dec
2 / 11
(Xian)
Jan
-4 / 5
Feb
-2 / 8
Mar
3 / 13
Apr
9 / 21
May
14 / 26
Jun
19 / 30
Jul
21 / 31
Aug
20 / 30
Sep
16 / 25
Oct
10 / 20
Nov
3 / 12
Dec
-3 / 6
what to bring
Spring (Mar - May): Western suites, sports coats, jackets, sweater, long sleeve shirts.
Summer (Jun - Aug): T-shirts, short sleeve shirts, skirts, sandals, caps, rain wear.
Autumn (Sep - Nov): Western suits, jackets, sports coats, light woolen sweaters, rain wear.
Winter (Dec - Feb): Down garment, overcoat, thick woolen sweaters, lined coats, cap, gloves and cotton-padded shoes.
drinking water
Do not drink tap water while in China because it is not potable

Japan

useful links
Travel Advisory
Tousim Board
Canadian Embassy/Consulate Information
7-3-38 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8503, Japan                                            
+81-3-5412-6200 (International)   03-5412-6200 (Domestic)
Visa
Canadian Passport do not require a visa
Language
Japanese but some english in tourist attractions
Country Code
81
Time Zone
UTC/GMT +9 hours 
Currency
“¥” and is written “Yen” or “JPY” Conversion
Electricity
A.C 100 volts, 50 Hertz in eastern and 60 Hertz in western
2-flat-pin plugs
Weather (Low/High °C)
The climate varies widely from one region to region. Basically, Japan has four distinct seasons. Spring months are March, April, and May. Summer months are June, July, and August. Autumn months are September, October, and November. Winter months are December, January, and February. Summer is hot and humid in general. During the winter, it snows a lot on the Sea of Japan side, and it is dry on the Pacific Ocean side.
(Tokyo)
Jan
1 / 8
Feb
2 / 9
Mar
5 / 12
Apr
10 / 17
May
14 / 21
Jun
18 / 24
Jul
22 / 28
Aug
23 / 29
Sep
20 / 26
Oct
15 / 20
Nov
9 / 15
Nov
4 / 11
(Kyoto)
Jan
-1 / 8
Feb
0 / 9
Mar
1 / 12
Apr
7 / 19
May
11 / 23
Jun
16 / 27
Jul
21 / 31
Aug
22 / 32
Sep
18 / 28
Oct
11 / 22
Nov
5 / 16
Nov
0 / 11
(Sapporo)
Jan
-8 / -2
Feb
-8/ -1
Mar
-4/ 2
Apr
2 / 10
May
8 / 16
Jun
13 / 20
Jul
17 / 24
Aug
18 / 25
Sep
13 / 21
Oct
6 / 15
Nov
1 / 7
Dec
-5/ 1
(Fukuoka)
Jan
1 / 9
Feb
2 / 10
Mar
5 / 13
Apr
10/ 18
May
13 / 23
Jun
19 / 26
Jul
23 / 30
Aug
23 / 31
Sep
20 / 27
Oct
13 / 22
Nov
8 / 17
Dec
3 / 11
what to bring
In Japan, lightweight cottons and linens are required throughout summer in most areas. Light- to mediumweights during spring and autumn; medium- to heavyweights for winter months, according to region. Much warmer clothes will be needed in the mountains all year round. There is much less rainfall than in Western Europe
Drinking Water
Tap water is safe to drink anywhere in Japan. Mineral water including major imported brands can be easily obtained from super markets, convenience stores and other similar places. 

india

useful links
Consulate General of India / Embassy
INDIA Tourism Board
TRAVEL ADVISORY FOR CANADIAN TRAVELLERS
Canadian Embassy/Consulate Information
CONSULAR ASSISTANCE FOR CANADIAN IN DELHI 
Street Address7/8 Shantipath, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110 021, 
IndiaPostal AddressP.O. Box 5207,  New Delhi 110 021,
IndiaTelephone+91 11 4178 2000  Fax+91 11 4178 2023
Visa
Canadians traveling passports  require a visa
Language
India has two National languages - English & Hindi, The Indian Constitution also officially recognizes 22 regional languages.
Country Code
91
Time Zone
GMT/ UTC + 5.5
Currency
Rupee, USD is widely accepted than CAD. Conversion
Electricity
230 V; You will need a voltage converter to use Canada appliance "Type D" 5 amp BS-546 sockets
Weather (Low/High °C)

The climate in India varies from a tropical monsoon climate in the south to a temperate climate in the north
The months January, February, March, November and December have nice weather with a good average temperature.
Hot season / summer is in March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November.
Most rainfall (rainy season) is seen in July, August and September. New Delhi has dry periods in January, February, March, April, May, October, November and December.
On average, the warmest month is May.
On average, the coolest month is January.
July is the wettest month. This month should be avoided if you don't like too much rain.
November is the driest month.

(Delhi)
Jan
8 / 21
Feb
10 / 23
Mar
15 / 29
Apr
21 / 36
May
26 / 39
Jun
28 / 39
Jul
27 / 35
Aug
26 / 34
Sep
25 / 34
Oct
19 / 33
Nov
13 / 28
Dec
9 / 22
what to bring
Lightweight clothing is worn all year. Rain jacket is essential during the rainy season.
Drinking Water
Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or otherwise sterilized.  Bottled water is recommended. Most hotels provide bottled water. DO NOT drink tap water.  
Health
Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel. Or Visit World Health organization for more details.
Specialised travel-medicine clinics are your best source of up-to-date information; they stock all available vaccines and can give specific recommendations for your trip. Most vaccines don’t give immunity until at least two weeks after they’re given, so visit a doctor well before departure. Ask your doctor for an International Certificate of Vaccination (sometimes known as the ‘yellow booklet’), which will list all the vaccinations you’ve received.
The only vaccine required by international regulations is yellow fever. Proof of vaccination will only be required if you have visited a country in the yellow-fever zone within the six days prior to entering India.

hong kong

useful links
Hong Kong Tourism Board
Canadian Embassy/Consulate Information
Center Tower 2 26/F, 18 Harcourt Rd, Admiralty, Hong Kong                                           
Phone: +852 3752 9900
Visa
Canadian Passport do not require a visa
Language
English and Cantonese
Country Code
852
Time Zone
GMT+8
Currency
Hong Kong Dollar ($) Conversion
Electricity
220 volts AC, 50Hz. three-pronged UK-style plug
Weather (Low/High °C)
Hong Kong's climate is sub-tropical, tending towards temperate for nearly half the year. During November and December there are pleasant breezes, plenty of sunshine and comfortable temperatures. Many people regard these as the best months of the year to travel to Hong Kong.
(Hong Kong)
Jan
13 / 18
Feb
15 / 20
Mar
17 / 22
Apr
21 / 26
May
23 / 29
Jun
26 / 30
Jul
26 / 31
Aug
26 / 31
Sep
25 / 29
Oct
23 / 28
Nov
19 / 24
Dec
14 / 20
what to bring
Spring (March - mid-May)
Temperature and humidity rising. Lightweight jackets or sweaters suggested. Average temperature: 23C, humidity 82%.
Summer (late May - mid-September)
Hot and humid. Temperature may rise to 33C, with humidity up to 90%. Shirtsleeves, cotton clothing, a sweater for indoors and an umbrella for outside are suggested. Average temperature: 28C, humidity 80%.
Autumn (late September - early December)
Temperature and humidity drop. Clear, sunny days. Shirtsleeves to sweaters and light jackets suggested. Average temperature: 23C, humidity 72%.
Winter (late December - February)
Cool with low humidity. Light woollens and overcoats are suggested. Average temperature: 17C, humidity 72%
Drinking Water
Do not drink tap water while in Hong Kong because it is not potable

Singapore

useful links
Singapore Toursim Broad
Canadian Embassy/Consulate Information
1 George Street, #11-01, Singapore 049145 
Tel:+65 6854 5900
Visa
Canadian Passport do not require a visa
Language
You will be able to speak English to Singaporeans, most of whom are fluent in it. Many Singaporeans also speak an additional language, usually Mandarin Chinese, Malay or Tamil.
Country Code
65
Time Zone
GMT+8
Currency
Singapore Dollar $ Conversion
Electricity
220 volts AC, 50Hz. three-pronged UK-style plug
Cultural
Culture in Singapore is largely defined by peace, justice, and social and religious harmony. The saying that Singapore is a “fine” city, not only refers to its cleanliness or its quality of life. In fact, to ensure safety and order in the state, the government has prohibited various things.
If you don’t want to pay a heavy fine or even spend time in jail, you should avoid the following:
  • chewing gum smoking indoors
  • spitting drinking and driving
  • littering public drunkenness
  • jay walking taking drugs
  • dancing on counters or tables at a bar
Weather (Low/High °C)
Singapore is hot and humid all year-round, with temperatures usually reaching over 30°C. You should be prepared for rain at any time, which can be torrential but usually brief.
what to bring
Singapore has a hot and humid climate all year round.
Lightweight clothes in natural fabrics; linen, silk and cotton will be more comfortable in the heat and will wash and dry quickly.
The wettest months are November, December and January (the monsoon period) and it is slightly cooler then, but rain is usual throughout the rest of the year too. Rainstorms are usually short but heavy, so take a travel umbrella whenever you go; as it's so hot and humid you probably won't want to wear a waterproof.
Drinking Water
Tap water is safe to drink anywhere

Malaysia

useful links
Tourism Malaysia
Canadian Embassy/Consulate Information
7th Floor Menara Tan & Tan, 207, Jalan Tun Razak,
50400 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur,
+60 3-2718 3333
Visa
Canadian Passport do not require a visa
Language
Malay is the national language the many ethnic groups also converse in their various languages and dialects, but English is also widely spoken.
Country Code
60
Time Zone
GMT+8
Currency
Ringgit Malaysia and is written as RM or MYR. Covnersion
Electricity
Voltage is 220 - 240 Volt AC at 50 cycles per second. three-pronged UK-style plug
Cultural
Islam is the official religion of the country, but other religions such as Buddhism and Christianity are widely and freely practised.
Weather (Low/High °C)
The country experiences tropical weather year-round. Temperatures range from 21ºC (70ºF) to 32ºC (90ºF).
Higher elevations are much colder with temperatures between 15°C (59°F) to 25°C (77°F).
Annual rainfall varies from 2,000mm to 2,500mm. However, the wettest parts of Malaysia could well be the hill slopes of Sarawak’s inland areas, which receive a mean annual rainfall exceeding 5,000mm.
what to bring
Hot and humid so we suggest that lightweight clothes in natural fibers (linen, silk or cotton) will be most comfortable.
Rain is frequent, so lightweight clothes will also dry more quickly.
T-shirts and shorts are perfectly acceptable, but avoid skimpy or revealing clothes or you will get unwanted attention.
If you're a woman travelling in Malaysia, most of your body should be covered. Wear blouses or shirts with sleeves, slacks or long skirts and closed collars. The Muslim women wear a tudong, a veil or scarf over their head and covering their bosom. They do not expect foreigners to do the same except when visiting their mosques.
Drinking Water
Drink only bottled or boiled water, or carbonated (bubbly) drinks in cans or bottles. If possible, avoid tap water, fountain drinks, and ice cubes.
Health
Due to the constant humid climate, mosquitoes tend to be present throughout the year. The three most significant diseases transmitted by mosquitoes are Malaria, Dengue Fever and Japanese B Encephalitis. To repel mosquitoes, ticks and other arthropods, apply an insect repellent containing DEET to your skin or clothing.
Recommended vaccines:Poliomyelitis (childhood booster), Tetanus (childhood booster), Typhoid (food & water borne diseases), Hepatitis A (food & water borne diseases).
For those venturing outside cities and towns, further recommended vaccines are Hepatitis B, Rabies, Japanese B Encephalitis, Tuberculosis and Meningitis. For those visiting Sabah and Sarawak, Malaria prophylaxis is strongly recommended.