Canadian travellers looking for news on border wait times or travel advisories can say goodbye to the days of multiple online stops. The federal government has just launched Travel.gc.ca, a portal that's expected to be a one-stop spot for travel info, according to Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affair.

“For the first time ever, we have brought together in one place information from all government departments to help Canadians be informed before, during and after their travels,” said Ablonczy.

The revamped website will combine a wealth of information in a collaborative effort between 11 government partners, including the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, Passport Canada, and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Running the website will be Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada and brings similar functionality found in the U.S. travel information website, travel.state.gov.

In addition to streamlining information, the website aims to speed up some processes Canadians have to jump through in order to travel. For example, information about what Canadians can pack in their carry-ons is expected to lead to faster and easier security screenings, reports the Epoch Times

Canadians who aren't near a computer (like most travellers) can still benefit from Travel.gc.ca, as they'll be able to access data like crisis information and emergency contacts through Twitter, Facebook, an RSS feed and email updates. To top it off, there's also a mobile app to download the same information on their smartphones. For the safety conscious, an appealing feature on the app is an optional destination registry to let the federal government know how many Canadians are in an area at any given time.

As noted by documents acquired CBC News, the site and app mark an effort to strike a balance between serving Canadians abroad amid the Minister of Foreign Affairs' diminishing budget.

Due to growing demands, the government says it must "shape realistic expectations" about what Canadians can count on in dealing with embassies and consular services by "finding alternative and less costly ways to deliver routine services through the better use of technology, and by managing expectations of Canadian citizens living abroad (including those relating to their non-Canadian families) particularly during times of crisis," noted the CBC.

Travellers looking for more practical information can still visit the site or app for information like tips for travelling with pets or how to obtain an international driver's permit.

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  • Beirut, Lebanon

    Status: Avoid non-essential travel Both the southern suburbs of Beirut and the Bekaa Valley have a reputation as places known for the kidnapping of foreigners that dates back to 2011. Source:<ahref="http://www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/report_rapport-eng.asp?id=159000" target="_hplink">Lebanon Travel Report</a>

  • Luxor, Egypt

    Status: Exercise high-degree of caution Egypt is still in the midst of re-establishing its civilian police force, following the events of the Arab Spring in January 2011. Many tourist attractions are still open, though it's recommended that tourists fly into the cities of Luxor and Aswan instead of driving from Cairo, as there have been reports of illegal roadblocks. Source: <a href="http://www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/report_rapport-eng.asp?id=79000" target="_hplink">Egypt Travel Report</a>

  • Tamale, Ghana

    Status: Exercise high-degree of caution Previous outbreaks of violence due to ethnic tensions have been reported in this Northern city. Typically, law enforcement has dealt with any rise in violence by setting curfews. Source: <a href="http://www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/report_rapport-eng.asp?id=101000" target="_hplink">Ghana Travel Report</a>

  • Papua, Indonesia

    Status: Avoid non-essential travel The cities of Bali and Jakarta were the targets of terrorist attacks back in 2009 and while the tension has decreased since, the region of Papua is still unstable. Currently, there's a strong military and police presence in the area, according to the report. However, that hasn't stopped foreign tourists from dying or from visitors getting caught up in the violent demonstrations over labour disputes with miners. Source: <a href="http://www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/report_rapport-eng.asp?id=130000" target="_hplink">Indonesia Travel Report </a>

  • Nairobi, Kenya

    Status: Exercise high-degree of caution As of late, the government has recommended travellers avoid the neighbourhoods of Kibera, Mathare, Kasirani, and Eastleigh in the city of Nirobi. Since the summer, certain parts of the city have become unsafe for foreign nationals due to carjackings and kidnappings in broad daylight. Source:<a href="http://www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/report_rapport-eng.asp?id=149000" target="_hplink">Kenya Travel Report</a>

  • Northern Baja California, Mexico

    Status: Avoid non-essential travel The high levels of violence tied to organized crime in Northern Baja, along with other various areas, has led to a rise in shoot-outs, illegal roadblocks and attacks on travellers in the area. Also worth noting is that criminals in the area have a tendency to carjack sports utility vehicles and pick up trucks along the highways leading to the region. Source:<a href="http://www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/report_rapport-eng.asp?id=184000" target="_hplink"> Mexico Travel Report</a>

  • Several Areas, Peru

    Status: Avoid all travel There have been reports of attacks, ambushes and kidnappings from members of the Shinning Path, a terrorist group that have established themselves In the regions that border Colombia. Source: <a href="http://www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/report_rapport-eng.asp?id=238000" target="_hplink">Peru Travel Report</a>

  • Darién, Panama

    Status: Avoid all travel Most Canadians travelling to Panama will probably be touring Panama City and shouldn't be too concerned if they avoid certain areas with a high crime rate. However, any travel beyond the Darién province is ill-advised as high levels of Colombian guerilla groups and drug traffickers dot the area and have played a role in numerous kidnappings, deaths, and disappearances of foreign visitors. Source: <a href="http://www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/report_rapport-eng.asp?id=233000" target="_hplink">Panama Travel Report</a>

  • All Of Iran

    Status: Avoid all travel For Canadians thinking to heading to Iran, now is not the time, what with the closure of Canada's embassy, the feds bring back Canadian diplomats and booting Iranian diplomats out of the country. As a result, tensions between the two countries may lead to Canadians in the country being harassed, investigated, questioned and detained for long periods of time. <a href="http://www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/report_rapport-eng.asp?id=132000" target="_hplink">Source: Iran Travel Report </a>

  • Preah Vihear Temple, Thailand

    Status: Avoid All Travel The area in which the Preah Vihear Temple is located is technically part of Cambodia, but very close to the border — as a result, border disputes have resulted in gunfire and artillery shelling. There are also reports of land mines in the area and no one is sure if the situation between Thailand and Cambodia could deteriorate any further. Source: <a href="http://www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/report_rapport-eng.asp?id=290000" target="_hplink">Thailand Travel Report</a>