Summer is coming to an end, and it might be time to plan one last trip to close things out. So where do you go? Before you start packing your bags, it's best to check on what the Canadian travel advisories are for countries you'd like to visit.
These advisories are updated regularly, and for a lot of popular destinations, they usually remain the same. However, it's better to be safe than sorry. If you're set on taking that trip, especially to a country that's regularly visited by Canadians, it's best to be up to date on what's going on and what precautions you should take.
Here are the nine most popular tourist destinations for Canadians according to Statistics Canada. Travel advisories are up to date as of Aug. 14, 2019.
If you're traveling to the United States, then the Government of Canada recommends the normal level of safety precautions. Generally, it's better to avoid areas where crime might occur and to be aware of your surroundings. Otherwise, travel to the United States is deemed to be safe.
The Canadian government does mention the occurrence of mass shootings. However, it notes that these are rare and the likelihood of being a victim is low.
The Canadian government urges travelers to exercise a high degree of caution if traveling to Mexico. There are also many regions of the country where the government says to avoid all non-essential travel.
The Canadian government notes that there was a rise in violent crime across Mexico in 2018. Among other precautions, travelers are urged to stick to tourist areas and avoid traveling at night. The Public Health Agency of Canada has also issued a Zika virus warning for Mexico.
The Canadian government has also advised anyone traveling to the UK to exercise a high degree of caution, mostly due to the threat of terrorism. The government's travel website notes that terrorists have carried out several attacks within the United Kingdom resulting in numerous casualties.
Aside from terrorism, there's also an elevated risk of crime, fraud, and civil unrest in certain parts of the region. Travelers are also urged to use only licensed taxis, as robberies and assaults have occurred in unlicensed cabs.
Canadian travelers headed to France should also exercise a high degree of caution. Like the United Kingdom, there's an elevated threat of terrorism throughout the country.
There are also advisories about disruptions caused by the Yellow Vest movement. There's also a warning about demonstrations involving the Black Bloc movement, which can turn violent very quickly.
Cuba is still a popular spot for Canadian travelers, and the government currently states that visitors exercise normal safety precautions. While there are instances of crime, Canadians should prepare as they normally would.
A Zika virus advisory has also been issued for Cuba at this time.
The Dominican Republic is also a popular tourist spot for Canadians, however, the Canadian government has warned travelers to exercise a high degree of caution if they are visiting.
There's an incredibly high rate of crime in the Dominican Republic. Thefts can occur in resorts or all-inclusive hotel rooms as well as public areas. There is also a risk of assault and fraud.
Canadians heading to Italy are advised to take normal security precautions. The biggest thing Canadians need to look out for is petty crime.
Germany has a few more risks than Italy, including terrorism and demonstrations that may turn violent. However, the Canadian government notes that violent crime is rare. Travelers should exercise a normal degree of caution.
This entry is focusing on travel to China outside of Hong Kong, which is currently experiencing civil unrest due to continuing protests. Canada still advises that travelers exercise a high degree of caution when traveling anywhere else in the country, however. This is due to the risk of terrorism, but there's also a risk of being detained without due process by police in certain regions.
It's always good to be aware of the risks when traveling to any country. Just keep in mind any advice offered from the government, or any other experienced travelers who might be able to offer some good safety tips.
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