Travel insurance for Canadians, it’s worth it!

While we hope that you never need to actually use your travel insurance, having one is not only required but it’s also a practice of basic common sense. Accidents do happen and often at the worst possible time. Traveling to another country can be a wonderful way to make new friends, discover new places you’ve only read about, and no matter your age, increase your knowledge of the world. However keep in mind that no one is invincible, and knowing that emergencies won’t get out of hand can provide you with the reassurance needed by your family members who are not joining you on your journeys.


We at VisaCenter are here to provide you with several useful few tips to keep in mind in regards to your travel insurance.

  1. You must ensure that your chosen travel insurance provider includes coverage for emergency treatments and hospitalizations. Not all carriers cover medications and physician’s office visits. Those who are seeking a travel insurance that will meet such requirements should make sure that urgent medical care and emergency room visits are also covered by the insurance as a standard coverage, and not as an additional option sold separately.
  2. Travellers often assume that costs for such insurance coverage are quite high, however, this does not need to be the case. It is possible to get a low cost travel insurance that not only is affordable for most people’s budgets but that will also cover, and adequately so, any related medical costs incurred during a stay in USA, Australia, Russia, China, Africa, Schengen countries (Europe).
  3. Your travel insurance policy number and other information should be readily available in the event that you need to present it to health providers. We recommend making a photocopy of your travel insurance documents prior to traveling. Do not wait until you need healthcare services to look for your policy in your luggage.
  4. Your policy information should also be safeguarded to prevent fraudulent use of your insurance by scammers and other criminals at another location. It would not be cost-effective to acquire a low-cost travel insurance only to have it be misused by someone illegally. Being careless with your information can sometimes create hardships when may require to obtain travel insurance again in the future.
  5. In addition to health and medical coverage when traveling, protecting your luggage from loss is one of your most important duties during transit. After you’ve arrived at your destination, finding out that another passenger has run off with your gear can be a horrible shock. Protecting the investment you’ve made in your gear can also be covered, making losses such as this less painful.
  6. Another aspect of travel is discovering that cancellations do happen. Unless the fine print states that you’ll receive a refund, often you’ll have to wait for a replacement of what you’ve purchased. This can create extreme hardship especially in the case of accommodations. Cancelled flights, cancelled accommodations, and even cancelled excursions can all also be covered by travel insurance policies. While you might be able to catch another flight, or wait a few hours until the next one leaves the airport, this can cause you to lose your intended hotel room. If your hotel has cancelled, where will you stay in your destination city? A tour can easily be replaced, but finding another that will suit your needs and in the same time frame might not be found so easily.


Searching for the right policy may take some time, so starting as soon as you know you’ll be needing it will take a lot of the pressure off you and allow you to find the perfect policy that covers all of your needs. As always, if you have any questions or want to get a price quote on travel insurance, call or us or simply visit at:



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We demystify the reasons why your visa application may be delayed or rejected.

Why you travel visa application may be denied

Why you travel visa application may be denied

If you are traveling to a country with entry visa requirements, you must apply for a travel visa in advance and prepare all required documents properly. Coming from VisaCenter experience, there may be a list of reasons why your visa application may be delayed in its processing or rejected completely.


11 reasons your visa application is delayed:

  1. Visa application form is incomplete, i.e. while completing it you have omitted one or several items.
  2. Visa application is not signed and/or not dated.
  3. Visa application form is not in the required format. Many countries now require that the visa application form be first filled-out on-line and then printed out. Russia, Brazil, and India are examples of countries that require this format. In other cases, such as China, visa application forms must be filled out on your computer and then printed, but not filled out by hand.
  4. Passport is not signed by the owner. The holder must sign Page 3 of his or her Canadian passport.
  5. Passport is damaged. This applies to obvious damage, such as torn pages, cover(s) or unauthorized, non-official markings (scribbles made by your child or notes by yourself). In addition, a “washed” passport is also unacceptable. It may seem OK to you, but not to the visa officer at the consulate.
  6. Photos not in line with requirements. Photo booth photos or self-made photos are not acceptable. You may have your photo taken at any VisaCenter office locations or at a professional outlet, like Wal-Mart, Costco, etc.
  7. Additionally required documents are not presented, presented incompletely or do not meet the standards. Each country has a different list of documents that must be submitted along with the core ones (passport, photo and visa application form). In some cases it is an invitation from the person or organization from that country, or /and bank statement, printed out itinerary, International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever, etc. Some consulates are asking applicants to bring an extra copy of some of the documents being submitted. For example, when you submit for Russian visa you must attach a copy of the main page of the applicant’s passport.
  8. Incorrect payment of consular visa fee, in the case of an incorrect amount or form of payment. Most consulates accept only money orders, so sending them cash or personal cheques is classified as an incorrect form of payment.
  9. Incorrect mailing address. In many cases, consular divisions of embassies are located at locations different from the address of the embassy itself. If you send your visa application directly to the embassy, you can be sure to expect a delay in processing. In the case of Russia and China, neither the embassy nor the consulate accepts visa applications from the general public. You must use a visa center only – no other choice.
  10. No return pre-paid envelope/waybill enclosed to return your passport with visa or enclosing the envelope of the service that the consulate is not using. Some consulates, for example, are using only certain courier companies and if you attach a pre-paid waybill from a different company they will not send it back to you.
  11. Political and/or consulate relations between two countries. Sometimes when the relations between countries are getting worse, this may negatively reflect on visa issuance processing.

Top 5 reasons your application is rejected:

  1. The country you intend to enter has blacklisted you.
  2. You have provided false, in-complete information
  3. You failed to meet additional requirements
  4. You failed to attend a visa interview at the consulate.
  5. You failed to pass a visa interview at the consulate.

In the majority of cases, consulates do not provide any explanation or detail as to why a visa application has been rejected and/or you are denied an entry visa.

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Best Shopping in Abu-Dhabi, UAE

Shopping is much diversified here in Abu Dhabi (UAE), you can go for ultra-contemporary and modern malls alongside the upcoming quality, brands and variety to tiny, souk-like avenue where one can purchase accustomed aroma and fragrance, carpets, admirable jewelry, handicrafts, savor, throw rug, Bateel Dates, souvenirs and many more. You get a haute-couture designer wardrobe or purchase a cherished Arabian antique at various malls in Abu Dhabi at the wages that are often desirable in contrast to those overseas, exclusively for the textiles, handicrafts and gold.

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Abu-Dhabi Mall Building

1. The Abu-Dhabi mall

This is the most happening and galvanized shopping mall in Abu Dhabi stationed in the Tourist Club region, neighboring the hotel Beach Rotana. Diffused up to 200,000 sq meters zone, it includes 220 outlets boosting the foremost international quality and 40 universal cuisine outlets, cafeteria and a neighboring goodies court. It attributes shops of make-up and aroma, hard rock, cozy furnishings, ordinary furniture, electrical asset, legacy, confectionery, stationary and fashion stores. Equipped with two action-toned kid’s fun loving centers and a Cineplex to captivate the entire family as well as a whole lot of restaurants, Abu Dhabi is a must visit for all shopaholics.

2. Marine Mall

The gigantic and glitziest mall in the city, situated on Breakwater is surrounded by Persian Gulf. It is carved like an enormous-top circus and is located in reclaimed in land regions admitting its inspiration is the Bedouin tent. It has various hundred outlets, snow square, a viewing tower, cinemas and is a great hub for shopping of gold jewelry, ornaments and handicrafts. You will also find huge supermarkets as well as hypermarkets which has supplies of all types of goodies.

3. Khalifa Centre

This shopping area is situated opposite to Abu Dhabi mall, and is a fantastic place for souvenirs (camel-bone boxes, sheesha pipes, stuffed leather camels, cushion covers and many more) and Persian rugs. You’ll also find large stores selling handicrafts, carpets, handlooms and textiles.

4. Abu Dhabi Duty Free complex

This market place provides duty free products. It encloses an area of 5000 square meters and is situated at Abu Dhabi International Airport. There are innumerable shops with universal quality and brands and has a collection for chocolates, liquor, goodies, cigars, watches, gold ornaments, medicines and leather goods.

Various other market places are:

Mwaifa Souk (Souk is market in Arabic) – Al Ain: where you get a traditional atmosphere, and which is located in Zayed Bin Sultan Lane.

Carpet Souk: this market place is located on the Al Meena way, which offers awesome bargains on arabic rugsan cushions.

Al Zaaafaranah Souk: this is a very large market area situated in Al Ain that includes vegetable and fruit stores, aroma, seafood restaurants.

Alternative market areas are Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society Complex, Al Jimi Mall Al Ain, Foutouh Al Khair Centre, Hamdan Centre, Liwa Centre, Lulu Centre, MultiBrand, Rotana Mall. So, do shop in Abu Dhabi to relish the beauty of the blistering place and get the best deals.

The many  foreign visitors to the country, including Canadians,  need travel visas that can be obtained at VisaCenter in USA, UK and Canada.

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Dubai in a Day

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Dubai is a relatively new tourist destination and it has gained immense popularity in the past few years. It is a great place for shopping, partying, sunbathing and fine dining. It also has the largest immigration population in the world. Citizens of most countries will receive a 30 day visa on arrival which is totally free of charge. This can be extended for up to 90 days on payment of Dhs 500. Canadian nationals, however, need to apply for Visa in advance and they can do so at the VisaCenter in their country. If UK & US national are looking for a 90 day visa then they can apply in advance at the VisaCenter.

If you are visiting Dubai just for a 1 day stopover then you need to utilize that day fully. There are lots of things you can do in a span of 12 – 14 hrs and this is not restricted to only shopping. You can visit a number of attractions or take a tour to have a glimpse of the city.

3o Min Helicopter Ride

This is perhaps the best option to see Dubai in such a short span of time. You will get to see all the important landmarks in the city from bird’s eye view. You can get this tour from Lama Tours in Dubai. However, in order to get the trip started there must be a minimum of 4 persons.

The Amazing Dubai City

A whirlwind tour of the city will take around 5 hours and you must cover places like the magnificent beaches at the Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab Hotel which is a 7 star luxurious property. You must also visit the Camel Race Track, Dubai Race & Golf Club and Sheikh’s Palace. If you still have time left (from the 4 hrs schedule) you can make a quick trip to the Creek to witness the mesmerizing architecture of Deira Towers and the underground Dubai Museum.

Shopping Tour

The city is a paradise for shoppers and if your stopover is mainly intended for this purpose then you must devote at least 4 – 5 hours for this purpose. The main shopping centers are City Center, Burjuman and Lamcy Plaza. You can get almost anything under the roof and all of them sell branded items. If you want to buy electronics then Bur Dubai is the place for you. Do not forget to bargain here, though. Lastly you can end the tour with a delicious buffet dinner at the Dubai floating restaurant. Enjoy the sumptuous food while cruising along the Dubai creek.

There are many tourists who would appreciate the services of a Bus Tour that will cover the major parts of the city in around 5 hrs approximately. So that will leave you with another 5 hours minimum for your shopping. Viator, the leading tour company, has one such tour which starts at $37 and will cover Dubai in 4 hrs 30mins. The pick is between 1:00 to 2:00 pm from centrally located hotels in Dubai. It also has an English speaking guide on board. The tour will cover the gold souk, the Al Bastakiya quarter and the Dubai Museum, Jumeirah Mosque and the photo shop at the Burj Al Arab hotel. You will also have an opportunity to board the water taxi across the creek to the spice market.

You can cover a lot of places in Dubai even if you are going there for 1 day only but proper planning is definitely required.

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Best Dubai and Abu-Dhabi (UAE) Hotels

TripAdvisor rating put these Dubai and Abu-Dhabi Hotels as the top notch from the point of view of service and comfort. Please note that to get to Dubai or Abu Dhabi you need to obtain visa. Not a huge hassle if you engage the services of in Canada as from 2011 UAE requires Canadians to have entry visa.

1. Grosvenor House Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2. Dar AL Masyaf at Madinat Jumeirah
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
3. Residence & Spa at One & Only Royal Mirage Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
4. AL Maha Desert Resort
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
5. Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
6. AL Manzil Hotel
Dudbai, United Arab Emirates
7. Mina A’Salam at Madinat Jumeirah
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
8. Fairmont Bab AL Bahr
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
9. AL Qasr at madinat Jumeirah
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
10. Qasr AL Sarab desert Resort by AnantaraIberotel Coraya Beach resort
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
11. Qamardeen Hotel
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
12. Oasis Beach Tower Apartments
Dubia, United Arab Emirates
13. Jumeirah Beach Hotel
14. Dubai, United Arab Emirates Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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