Hijacking, hostage-takings and kidnappings abroad
To avoid a hijacking, hostage taking or kidnapping abroad, you should carefully review the Country travel advice and advisories for the countries you will be visiting to obtain up-to-date information on safety and security conditions. Avoid becoming a target by being aware of your surroundings at all times, never opening your door to strangers, and not allowing yourself to be isolated with someone you do not know or trust.
If a Canadian abroad is involved in a hijacking, hostage taking, or kidnapping, Canadian consular officials can:
- work closely with local authorities to facilitate an early and safe release, and
- maintain contact with a family member to keep him or her fully informed of all developments.
If you need help, contact the nearest Canadian government office abroad or our Emergency Watch and Response Centre. You should follow the advice and instructions of local authorities at all times.
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