The Canadian government released two travel advisories in an effort to prevent travellers from visiting areas that are at high risk of violence, kidnapping, and terrorist attacks. Travellers should be aware that the Canadian government has issued new travel advisories for Pakistan and India amidst the terrorist attacks threatening the countries. If you're planning on travelling to these countries soon, you may want to reconsider your travel plans.
A travel advisory for Pakistan was updated today on March 1 by the government and discouraged Canadians from visiting several areas of Pakistan. Not only was a travel advisory recently issued for Pakistan, but India too.
The government also released a new, updated advisory for Canadians wishing to travel to India yesterday on February 28. They warned Canadians to "exercise a high degree of caution in India due to a continuing threat of terrorist attacks throughout the country at all times".
For Pakistan, "the security situation is unpredictable," writes the Canadian government in the travel advisory. "There is a threat of terrorist attacks, kidnapping and sectarian violence."
Pakistan has even closed its airspace in the midst of the heightened tensions between them and India. It is currently closed and expected to remain so until March 4, 2019, but this could change at any time, says the Canadian government.
Due to heightened tensions between #Pakistan and #India, Pakistan has announced the closure of its airspace. It is expected to remain closed until 1 p.m., local time in Pakistan, on March 4, 2019. https://t.co/l7uFArIufb 1/2— travel.gc.ca (@TravelGoC) March 1, 2019
This means that people who were hoping to travel to certain regions of Pakistan may not be able to land. However, "select flights to major cities are being allowed to operate within restricted airspace," reads the travel advisory. If you are travelling to Pakistan in the following days, make sure to confirm your flight status with your airline, the Canadian government advises.
If you're also planning on travelling to India soon, you should check whether the area you're visiting is deemed safe for travel. The Canadian government is warning Canadians to be extra cautious in all of India because of terrorist threats and violence and is even advising against all travel entirely to several regions in the country.
The government is now advising Canadians in their travel advisory to avoid all non-essential travel to the following regions in India because of conflict and violence:
- Arunachal Pradesh
On top of this, Canadians are warned to avoid all travel to several other close-by regions for various reasons. The government says to avoid any travel to the areas of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland bordering Bangladesh and Myanmar, "due to significant conflict".
In order to avoid "sporadic terrorist activity and violent demonstrations", the travel advisory warns travellers to refrain from travelling to the states of Jammu and Kashmir.
Due to the tensions between India and Pakistan, Canadians are also warned not to visit the areas within 10 km of the border with Pakistan under any conditions, because there is the risk of "landmines and unexploded ordnance, as well as unmarked border areas".
Even if you are flying to areas in India that have not been deemed unsafe for travel, you could still encounter issues arriving into the country. "Operations at several airports in India may be disrupted, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir and in northern India," reads the travel advisory from the government.
Just earlier this week, Air Canada announced that they were stopping all flight service to India in the midst of the conflict and even re-directed an India-bound flight that had already been in the air for several hours back to Toronto.
An Air Canada Spokesperson told CTV News that flight to India would be resumed would resume to India after "the situation normalizes and we determine it is safe to do so."
To view all the travel advisories from the Government of Canada, you can visit their official website.