With the summer months finally upon us, many Canadians are starting to make plans to travel abroad for those few sunny months of the year. However, the Government of Canada is warning that if you are planning on visiting France this summer, you want to travel with a "high degree of caution." The Government of Canada has put out a France travel advisory during the FIFA World Cup due to an increased threat of crime and terrorism.
Currently, the Government of Canada has issued a travel advisory for anyone who is planning on traveling to France in the upcoming days. The Government states that the advisory has been issued due to an increasing threat of terrorism and those are who are travelling to France should exercise a high degree of caution.
One of the main reasons for this advisory is that France will be hosting the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup until July 7, 2019, and the government of Canada warns that there is an increasing threat of terrorism and crime in France due to this. Targets could include government buildings, tourist attractions, airports and places of worship.
The government warns that Canadians should always be aware of your surroundings when in public places, especially when attending popular sporting events.
The Government of Canada also warns of increased crimes that are expected throughout France during this sporting event.
Recently, the number of pickpocketing incidents and purse snatches have skyrocketed in 2019, especially in Paris. There have also been reports of violent attacks on tourists that usually take place at night around major tourist attractions in the city.
The Government of Canada warns that if you are planning on travelling to France during this time, you should make travel arrangements well in advance and always use a reliable source.
The government also advises travellers to exercise caution at all times and always be aware of your surroundings. This means that travellers should only use ATMs in well-lit public areas or inside banks. They should also avoid demonstrations and follow the advice of local authorities if a situation is to arise.
The advisory also warns that if post-celebration activities take place during the World Cup they could turn violent with no notice and that travellers should use caution during these times.
On top of the concerns for the world cup, the government also warns that yellow vests movements are still taking place throughout the country and have been since November 17, 2018.
These demonstrations take place regularly, especially in Paris and can turn violent at times. These demonstrations can also lead to disruptions in traffic and public transportation.