With holiday season quickly approaching, and many of us packing our bags for some much-needed time away, the Canadian government has just issued travel advisories for multiple different destinations that may just make you rethink your next trip.
Since November 30th, seven different countries have been placed on the travel advisory list and a majority of them are for crime-related issues and health-related issues. Be sure to keep your eye out for changes and to ensure you are taking the safest trip possible this holiday season!
Remember that the Canadian government issues travel advisories when travelling to a certain area could put you, as a Canadian traveller, at risk. These advisories are not mandatory, but are there to ensure you are fully aware of the dangers that are occurring when you travel! Make sure to always be aware of your surroundings and to follow all the local news in that area before planning your next big getaway!
So, before you try and get away from the snow, make sure to check out the following countries that are under the Canadian government’s travel advisories:
The Canadian government has put a travel advisory on Ukraine to warn Canadians to avoid all travel to Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts due to armed operations within these areas. It has been reported that armed groups supported by Russian military forces have taken over Crimea and due to these circumstances, the Canadian Embassy has limited access to travellers who plan to visit this destination.
Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts face the same issue as Russian-led separationists control sections of this area and these separatist groups have threatened to kidnap individuals at checkpoints.
2. United States
Alaska, specifically, has been placed on the travel advisory list due to the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck near Anchorage. You are advised to take normal security precautions and keep up to date on weather forecasts and advice from local authorities if you travel to this destination. You may also experience delayed flights during this time.
If you are travelling to Uganda soon, it is important to exercise a high degree of caution according to the Canadian government for both crime and health-related issues.
There has been a high reporting of theft and muggings within the country, during all times of the day, especially in urban centres. Make sure to be aware of your surroundings and keep a close eye on your valuables at all times.
The Canadian government is also advising you to seek consultation from a health care professional six weeks before you travel to this destination due to the spread of the Zika virus. During your trip, it is important to cover up and avoid mosquito bites at all costs. If you or someone you know is pregnant or attempting to get pregnant it is highly advised to avoid travelling at all costs as Zika can cause serious birth defects.
Canadian travellers are being warned to exercise a high degree of caution while travelling to France due to the demonstrations that are currently taking place by the Yellow Vest Movement in Paris and other parts of the country.
Acts of violence and vandalism are being recorded in these areas and Canadians are being warned to monitor local media for the latest information and avoid areas where these demonstrations are taking place.
If Bahrain was on your travel list this season you may want to reconsider. The Canadian government is warning travellers to exercise caution due to a high volume of protests and demonstrations that are taking place. These demonstrations can often become violent and lead to road blockages which will majorly delay any form of travel.
There is also a watch out for Terrorism activity which could target many tourist and public areas, so make sure to be aware of your surroundings at all times during your travel.
Travellers are advised to avoid all non-essential travel into Haiti due to the Zika Virus. It is recommended to see a doctor if it is absolutely necessary to make this journey.
It has been recommended to avoid all travel to Georgia as it is a Russian border region. Tensions are high within this region and landmines and explosions may be a risk in this area.
Canadian officials may be unable to provide assistance to Canadians in this area during this time due to these security concerns.
There have also been a variety of other popular countries that have also been placed on the advisory list within the month of November. These countries include India, Cuba, Norway, Bahamas and even Belize!
Stay aware and stay safe!
Source: Travel Advice and Advisories