Earlier this morning, a shocking shooting took place in Utrecht, Netherlands which prompted the Government to issue a warning cautioning Canadians to be careful when travelling to the area. Overall, the Government of Canada has issued 9 new travel advisories warning Canadians to be cautious in multiple countries across the world.
Last week, there was another terrorist attack in New Zealand that killed several innocent people inside a Muslim mosque. Deadly attacks like these should caution travellers to be extremely cautious when travelling during spring break, work trips or during any personal vacations.
As always, the Government merely advises Canadian travellers to exercise caution, but ultimately it's up to you on where you'd like to travel to. The Government just asks that you inform yourself of the current issues to be safe when travelling.
In regards to the tram shooting in Utrecht, Netherlands this morning, the Government has issued a warning for travellers in the country. They suggest you exercise a high degree of caution due to the current elevated terrorism threats.
Specifically, they are asking that you follow instructions from local authorities and monitor local media for updates on the ongoing shooting incident. Please be aware that several people have died in the tramway shooting on March 18.
Last week, several innocent people were killed in a shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand. A gunman opened fire inside 2 mosques killing 49 people. Since then, the Government has issued a warning for the country. They are asking you to take normal security precautions in New Zealand.
Similar to the Netherlands, they're asking that you follow the instructions of local authorities and monitor local media.
The Government is asking exercise some normal security precautions in Cuba. There was a recent travel health notice released in January 2019, regarding Zika virus. The Public Health Agency asks travellers to take special health precautions before travelling to countries that have reports of Zika virus.
Malawi has been experiencing natural disasters, floods as well as incidents regarding crime. Violent robberies and petty crime such as pickpocketing, mugging and bag snatching do occur throughout the country. Specifically touristy areas are epicentres for these types of crimes.
There have been extremely severe floods throughout Malawi since the beginning of March. A tropical cyclone has passed through the area recently, making the climate issues much worse. Malawi is also located in a seismic zone, meaning earthquakes and other natural disasters occur frequently.
Canadians should exercise a high degree of caution in Mozambique due to violent crimes and kidnappings. The Government recommends avoiding all travel to Palma, Mocimboa de Praia, Muidumbe, Macomia and Quissanga.
You should also avoid all non-essential travel to the rest of Cabo Delgado province due to unstable security situations there.
The Government is asking all Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel to Egypt at this time. At this time, there is a significant risk of terrorist attacks throughout the country.
It's also worth noting that Cairo and Eastern Sinai are located in an active seismic zone. Sand and dust storms are also common throughout the country.
Travellers should exercise a high degree of caution in Zimbabwe due to crime. In addition, demonstrations and civil unrest could occur as they have in the past. Petty crimes are also common, including muggings, house robberies, passport theft, carjackings, pickpocketing and bag snatching especially in regards to tourists and foreigners.
The Government of Canada is suggesting travellers exercise normal security precautions in the United States. There are threats of terrorism in the United States. Areas where terrorist attacks could occur at the following places, government buildings, schools, places of worships, airports, transportation hubs, and public areas that are frequented by tourists.
In addition, severe floods have been devastating areas in the Midwest. Local authorities have issued states of emergency and evacuation orders in certain areas. Most of these floods are due to snowfall melting. There have also been health-related travel notices regarding Measles and Zika virus in the United States.
The Government is asking Canadian travellers to exercise normal security precautions in Australia. The latest updates in the travel advisory include natural disasters regarding Tropical Cyclone Trevor.
Tropical Cyclone Trevor is expected to land in Australia tomorrow on March 19, 2019, which will bring severe rainstorms, violent winds across northern areas of Queensland and the Northern Territory.
Source: Ariane Fortin - Narcity Quebec