Spring break is right around the corner, which means many Canadians may be going on vacation or you may be travelling for work. Since it's a time of high travel, we've gathered up a list of countries that the Government of Canada is advising Canadians not to travel to or advising Canadians where they should exercise extra caution during their travels.
Travel advisories can be scaled from exercising normal security precautions to the government advising Canadians to avoid all travel to the area due to war, civil unrest, or for other reasons.
Since last week, the Government has issued over 20 new travel advisories for Canadians. If you're travelling anytime soon, make sure to check this list before packing your bags.
Exercise normal security precautions. The Public Health Agency of Canada has new advice for travellers on the Zika virus. They recommend travellers take special health precautions before travelling to affected countries.
Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories) due to unstable security situations in parts of the country.
Avoid all travel to the following areas of Sudan:
- Abyei administrative region
- Southern Kordofan State
- Blue Nile State
- Area bordering Eritrea within the Red Sea State
- The portions of Northern Kordofan and White Nile states located south of the Kosti–El Obeid–En Nahud road
- Area bordering Libya
Exercise normal security precautions. Be wary that it is monsoon and typhyoon season and that Typhoon Wutip may pass west of Guam starting February 24, 2019.
Exercise normal security precautions due to natural disasters and Typhoon Wutip. There's also petty crime in the area such as pickpocketing and purse snatching.
Exercise normal security precautions (with regional advisories) including Lazarat. The government says to avoid all non-essential travel to the city of Lazarat. This is where Albanian state police and armed marijuana growers have been engaging in violent confrontations recently.
There's also issues of petty crime and threats of terrorism, landmines and women's safety to be considered for travellers.
Avoid all travel to Venezuela. The Government of Canada states there is a significant level of violent crime, the unstable political and economic situations and the decline in living conditions. This includes shortages of medication, food staples, gasoline and water.
There's also a notice to be careful regarding Zika virus. You should practice special health precautions when travelling to affected countries.
Avoid non-essential travel (with regional advisories) due to risks of terrorism and kidnapping. Also, avoid travelling to Niamey due to crime and the risk of kidnapping.
Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories) due to civil unrest and the threat of terrorism.
Specifically, avoid travel to these areas:
- El Oued
Exercise normal security precautions (with regional advisories). Avoid travel to Fukushima nuclear plant and surrounding areas. There are also tensions on the Korean Peninsula that could escalate with little notice.
Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories) due to crime. Avoid non-essential travel to Djibouti-Eritrea border due to tensions between both countries.
Avoid non-essential travel (with regional advisories) due to the threat of terrorism, particularly against Western interests. There is also the risk of banditry and kidnapping.
Exercise a high degree of caution due to high crime rates and gang-related violence in urban centres. There's also a health notice regarding Zika virus. It's important to ensure proper safety measures when travelling to countries that are affected.
Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories) due to the prevalence of crimes of opportunity. Avoid all travel to Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts.
Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories) due to violent crime and demonstrations. Avoid all travel to Chamelecón, Choloma and Cofradía due to high levels of crime. There's also a notice regarding Zika virus.
Exercise a high degree of caution due to moderate levels of crime throughout the country. There is also a notice regarding Zika virus. Canadian travellers should be special health precautions when travelling to a country that's affected by Zika.
Avoid all travel to Haiti due to civil unrest throughout the country. The government states that the security sityuation could deteriorate very quickly. There has been trouble recently with Canadians not being able to leave the country safely, which has results in many being stranded in the country.
You should consider leaving by commercial means when they are available, if you can leave safely.
Avoid non-essential travel (with regional advisories) due to the unpredictable security situation. This advisory does not include the Red Sea coastal resorts of Hurghada and Sherm el-Sheikh or the Luxor area along the upper Nile River.
If you're travelling to Egypt, you should plan your trip with a reputable Egyptian travel company as they will be well informed on the ongoing security situations in the country.
Exercise normal security precautions. Be wary of local laws and what you can be arrested or detained for. Illegal activites include photography of military or police installations, vehicles or personnel.
Drug possession, use or trafficking will result in long jail sentences or heavy fines. You must carry photo identification on yourself among other laws. Check here for a full list.
Exercise normal security precautions due to petty crime, ATM fraud, terrorism, demonstrations and road safety.
Exercise normal security precautions due to petty crime, landmines, road safety, pickpocketing at airports or on public transportation, credit card fraud, and the threat of terrorism in Europe. Demonstrations may also occur which can quickly turn violent.
Exercise normal security precautions (with regional advisories). Avoid all non-essential travel to Northern Kosovo due to high levels of tension between multiple municipalities.
Democratic Republic of Congo
Avoid non-essential travel (with regional advisories) due to political and security risks.
In particular, avoid all travel to these areas of Congo:
- North Kivu
- South Kivu
- Tanganyika (northeastern area of the former province of Katanga);
- Bas-Uele, Haut-Uele and Ituri (northeastern area of the former province of Orientale)
- points of entry to Burundi, Uganda and Rwanda
- areas bordering South Sudan (including the Garamba National Park) and Uganda
Exercise a high degree of caution due to high levels of crime. Particularly, avoid the tension between the Namibia-Angola border. There is a risk of banditry and petty crime throughout the country.
Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories) due to continuing threat of terrorist attacks throughout the country. There is also a threat of Zika virus in the country. Canadians should take the proper measures to ensure their health safety.
Specifically, avoid the following areas of conflict.
- Arunachal Pradesh
- Western border with Bangladesh
- Jammu and Kashmir
- Border areas of Pakistan
Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories) due to high crime rate and potential for political instability. Officials also recommend avoiding all travel to Batterie beach where violent assaults have recently occurred.
Exercise normal security precautions due to natural disasters and crime-related issues. There are risks of flooding throughout the area, along with petty crime, muggings, scams, spiked food and drinks, demonstrations, landmines and more.
Exercise normal security precautions due to known crimes such as muggings and carjacking, which are typically low. Higher rates of crime include petty crime such as pickpocketing and purse snatching in bigger cities. There are also threats of fraud, harassment, demonstrations, spiked food and drinks, terrorism in Europe and more.
Avoid all travel to Afghanistan due to the unstable security situation, ongoing insurgency, terrorist attacks, risks of kidnapping and high crime rates. The Government of Canada strongly recommends not travelling to Afghanistan at this time. If you do, they recommend you register with the Registration of Canadians abroad and provide your personal and professional contact information.
Ultimately, it is the traveller's decision whether or not they decide to travel to any of the mentioned countries. The Government of Canada just suggests that you be informed on the ongoing issues in the countries mentioned before travelling abroad. All of the information from the article was gathered from the Government of Canada.