It's almost Christmas vacation which means that many Canadians have probably decided to use up all of their Air Mile points so they can spend their holiday vacation far far away from the cold brutal winters in Canada. If you are travelling overseas, make sure that you're informed on all of the travel advisories that have been issued by the Government of Canada today for your own health and safety.
On Wednesday, December 12th, the Government of Canada issued 16 new travel advisories for Canadian travellers. All of the advisories range from exercising normal to high precautions to avoiding all nonessential travel depending on the country.
The government of Canada suggests exercising a high degree of caution with regional advisories in Myanmar due to an unsettled political situation and the possibility of civil unrest. There have been internal conflicts for some time and political violence could occur at any time.
The government is also suggesting pregnant women or women wishing to become pregnant take extra precaution due to Zika virus in the area.
Exercise normal security precautions in South Korea. Specifically, tensions on the Korean Peninsula could escalate at any moment. Tensions may increase during North Korean nuclear and missile tests. Not to mention, military exercises or military activities near the inter-Korean border.
Crime isn't generally a problem in South Korea, but you should remain aware of your surroundings and avoid walking alone after dark. Political, labour and student protests may occur.
The government of Canada is suggesting to exercise normal security precautions in Greece. Petty crime, pickpocketing, purse snatching and luggage left are all common throughout Greece, especially in tourist-known areas and on public transportation.
Demonstrations and strikes in Athens are common and even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent very quickly. The marches are typically in Syntagma Square and in front of the Parliament building. There was also a threat of Measles in Europe on November 21st, 2018.
Exercise a high degree of caution with regional advisories in Angola. They are also suggesting to avoid all non-essential travel to the provinces of Cabina and Lunda Norte due to security concerns.
There's also a warning issued that recommends travellers seek extra precautions due to Zika virus in the area. This is especially recommended for women that are pregnant or wishing to become pregnant.
The government of Canada is suggesting that travellers avoid all travel here due to ongoing political tensions, demonstrations, terrorism, civil unrest and armed violence. They believe that the situation there could unravel very quickly.
There's also a warning issued that recommends travellers conduct special precautions because of Zika virus in the area. This is especially recommended for women that are pregnant or wishing to become pregnant.
The government is suggesting to avoid all travel in Central African Republic due to unstable security conditions and violent crime. There are violent outbreaks throughout the country that have resulted in deaths and injuries, crime rates are high and incidents of sexual assault and domestic violence are common.
Women travellers are also commonly subject to harassment and verbal abuse.
Exercise a high degree of caution due to the current elevated threat of terrorism. Yesterday, there was a shooting that occurred in Strasbourg's Christmas market. The incident resulted in multiple deaths and injuries. Officials are currently looking for the shooter.
There are also demonstrated by the Yellow Vests movement taking part across the countries. These movements are peaceful, but like many protests, it could become violent.
The government suggests exercising a high degree of caution with regional advisories. They are suggesting not to travel to the Pool Department, except Brazzaville.
It's also suggested to avoid any non-essential travel to the border connecting to the Central African Republic due to an increase of criminal gangs and armed militias.
Exercise a high degree of caution throughout Rwanda. This is due to ongoing insecurity of neighbouring countries, specifically the regions bordering Burundi. There were numerous attacks that occurred in 2018 in the area making it dangerous for travellers.
There were reports of Ebola virus in Congo this past August and Polio vaccines are recommended in October 2018.
The government is strongly suggesting to avoid all travel here. They are suggesting not to travel to South Sudan due to armed conflicts, inter-ethnic violence and high levels of violent crime.
Crimes include violent kidnappings, armed robbery, carjackings and compound invasion. The current economic crisis means that robberies and gun violence has increased.
The government is suggesting to exercise a high degree of caution in Tanzania. This is due to an increase in crime and the threat of terrorism. Demonstrations often occur in the country, especially in Zanzibar during political events. They warn that even peaceful protests can turn violent quickly.
Violence and petty crime are common throughout Tanzania. Tourists have been victims of assaults, kidnappings and armed robberies, especially in touristy areas.
Exercise a high degree of caution here due to theft, muggings and other crime in urban areas. There's also a travel advisory for travellers on the Zika virus. Public Health Agency of Canada is recommending that Canadians take special health precautions when travelling here, especially if pregnant or wishing to become pregnant.
Exercise a high degree of caution due to crime. Pickpocketing, purse snatching and vehicle break-ins are common throughout the country, especially near bus stations, railway stations, nightclubs and shopping areas.
Serious crimes such as muggings, home invasions and sexual assaults occur, most often in the evening during the night. The use of "date rape" is often reported in Lusaka.
Exercise normal security precaution with regional advisories. In an update, the Fukushima nuclear power plant and surrounding areas should be avoided. Since the 2011 incident, authorities have placed restrictions in the area due to the risk of exposure to radiation. There have also been cases of Rubella last week in Japan.
Exercise a high degree of caution here. The major safety and security precautions here are due to crime, demonstrations from the Yellow Vests movement in France and water risk activities including deadly shark attacks.
It's also cyclone season and there's an active volcano in Réunion called The Peak Of The Furnace.