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The following news and advisories highlight the latest updates on threats and conditions the Government of Canada considers unsafe for Canadians around the world, including protests, natural disasters, health conditions and other hazards. More detailed information on conditions abroad, including the full list of countries and regions for which travel advisories are in effect, can be found on our Country travel advice and advisories page and a full list of travel health notices is available on our Travel health notices page.

Bolivia: elections

March 26, 2015

Elections will take place on March 29. Avoid large gatherings and demonstrations. 

Nigeria: presidential elections

March 25, 2015

 Presidential and legislative elections are now scheduled to take place on March 28.Land and sea borders will be closed from March 25, 2015 at midnight until March 28, 2015 at midnight.

Cholera in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Mexico 

March 20, 2015 

In recent years, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Mexico have reported cases of cholera. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers. 

Australia : tropical cyclone Nathan near Cooktown

March 19, 2015

Tropical cyclone Nathan is expected to sweep the northeastern coast of Australia’s Queensland. It is expected to make landfall near Cooktown on March 20, 2015. Severe rainstorms can lead to flooding and landslides, which in turn can cause extensive damage to infrastructure as well as loss of life, and can also hamper the provision of essential services. Exercise caution, monitor local media and follow the advice of local authorities.

Tunisia: terrorist attack

March 18, 2015

An attack on the Tunisian parliament, followed by a hostage taking at the Bardo National Museum, left 22 people dead and several others injured.

Maldives : political demonstrations in Male

March 17, 2015

Political demonstrations have been occurring in Male following the arrest of a former political leader on February 22, 2015, and are likely to continue. Exercise particular caution in Male, especially at night. Avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings, monitor local media and follow the advice of local authorities. If you are planning to travel to possible affected areas, contact your airline or tour operator to determine whether the situation could disrupt your travel.

Vanuatu : state of emergency

March 16, 2015

Tropical Cyclone Pam caused extensive damage as it passed through Vanuatu. A State of Emergency has been declared and a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew is in place. Respect this curfew as isolated lootings have been reported in the wake of the cyclone. While essential services are disrupted, communications are being restored. The full extent of the damage across the country is yet to be determined.

Brazil : large scale demonstrations

March 14, 2015

Large scale demonstrations are expected to take place in many cities on March 15. 

Thailand: commercial surrogacy ban

March 14, 2015

The Thai Parliament passed a legislation banning commercial surrogacy on February 20, 2015. While this legislation is awaiting royal approval, Thai authorities may prohibit commercial surrogacy and are taking immediate steps to ensure that children of such arrangements are not permitted to exit the country in anticipation of the legislation.

WHO temporary polio vaccine recommendations

March 13, 2015 

Effective February 27, 2015, the WHO temporary recommendations continue to be in place. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers. 

Measles: global update

March 13, 2015 

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers. 

Australia: tropical storm Olwyn

March 12, 2015

Tropical storm Olwyn is expected to hit the northeastern coast of Queensland state as a category 1 cyclone. Severe rainstorms can lead to flooding and landslides, which in turn can cause extensive damage to infrastructure as well as loss of life, and can also hamper the provision of essential services. Exercise caution, monitor local media and follow the advice of local authorities.

Avoid non-essential travel to Mali

March 11, 2015

We advise against non-essential travel to Mali due to the threat of terrorism and banditry. We also advise against all travel to the northern regions of Tombouctou, Kidal and Gao, and to areas within 40 km of the border with Mauritania due to political instability and ongoing military clashes, as well as the threat of terrorism, banditry and kidnapping.

Dengue Fever: Global Update 

March 9, 2015 

Outbreaks of dengue fever have become increasingly frequent over the past 25 years. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers. 

South Africa: wildfires near Cape Town

March 4, 2015

Wildfires are currently affecting wooded areas near Cape Town. Affected areas include Constantia Berg, Tokai and Tierbos Kloof as well as the upper reaches of Tokai Forest, Muizenberg, Clovelly and Noordhoek.

Volcano eruption in Chile

March 3, 2015

On March 3, 2015, Villarrica volcano in southern Chile erupted. Officials declared a red alert and began evacuating people living in the vicinity of the volcano. Monitor local media for current information, follow the advice of local authorities.

Measles: Global Update

February 24, 2015 

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers. 

Chikungunya: Global Update

February 23, 2015 

Outbreaks of chikungunya have become increasingly frequent since local transmission was reported for the first time in the Caribbean in December 2013. Since then, local transmission of the virus has spread to many countries in neighbouring regions. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers. 

Polio: Global Update

February 12, 2015 

Poliomyelitis (polio) has been eliminated from most countries; however it continues to occur in some areas of the world.  Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers. 

Cholera in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Mexico

February 12, 2015 

In recent years, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Mexico have reported cases of cholera. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers. 

Avian Influenza (H7N9) in China

February 12, 2015 

Since April 2013, confirmed human cases of an avian influenza virus identified as A(H7N9) have been reported in the People’s Republic of China. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers. 

Avian Influenza (H5N1): Global Update

February 12, 2015 

Avian influenza (H5N1), commonly known as “bird flu”, is a viral infection that can spread easily and quickly among birds. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers. 

France: highest terrorist alert level in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region

February 9, 2015

French authorities increased the current Vigipirate alert for Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region to the highest level (terrorist alert). Expect tighter security measues and increased police military presence near media offices, shopping centres, places of worship, schools and public transportation in affected areas. Remain vigilant, keep informed of the current situation, follow the advice of local authorities and monitor local media. 

South Africa: rolling blackouts

February 4, 2015

Rolling blackouts are occuring in parts of the country. Be prepared. 

Measles: Global Update

January 29, 2015

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease and cases occur around the world. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers. 

South Africa: violence and looting in Soweto

January 23, 2015

Sice January 19, 2015, acts of violence and looting have been taking place in the Johannesburg township of Soweto. Two deaths and several arrests have been reported. Monitor local media and follow the advice of local authorities.

Egypt: increased risk of attacks

January 20, 2015

Canadians in Egypt should restirct their movements around January 25 due to an increased risk of attacks. 

Political demonstrations in Banglasdesh

January 20, 2015

Political demonstrations, nationwide hartals (enforced strikes) and violent clashes are occuring frequently and are expected to continue. The security situation could deteriorate quickly. Monitor local news, follow the advice of local authorities, avoid demostrations and large crowds. 

Political demonstrations in the Democratic Republic of Congo

January 20, 2015

Political demonstrations have been taking place in Kinshasa since January 19,2015. Localized clashes have led to deaths and injuries. The internet, text messaging services, and some roads may be blocked. Check the status of your flight before going to the airport. 

Presidential elections in Zambia

Janaury 19, 2015

Presidential elections are scheduled to take place on January 20, 2015. There were riots in many areas of Lusaka in early November 2014, following political developments related to the death of President Michael Sata in October. Tensions between rival political and activist groups have increased during the campaigning period and clashes have occurred. Follow the advice of local authorities, monitor local developments, and avoid crowds and demonstrations as they can turn violent without notice. Should the situation worsen, consider limiting your movements.

Terror alert in Belgium

January 19, 2015 

On January 15, 2015, the level was increased from 2 to 3 (on a scale of 1 to 4). Continue to exercise caution and vigilance. 

Avian influenza (H7N9 and others) in China

January 16, 2015

Since April 2013, confirmed human cases of an avian influenza virus identified as A(H7N9) have been reported in the People's Republic of China. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers. 

Chikungunya: Global Update

January 16, 2015

Outbreaks of chikungunya have become increasingly frequent since local transmission was reported for the first time in the Caribbean in Decenber 2013. Since then, local transmission of the virus has spread to many countries in neighbouring regions. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers. 

Cholera in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico

January 16, 2015

Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agecny of Canada's recommendations for travellers. 

Dengue fever: global update 

January 16, 2015

Outbreaks of dengue fever have become increasingly frequent over the past 25 years. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's reommendations for travellers. 

Lithuania has adopted the Euro

January 2, 2015

Lithuania has adopted the Euro (EUR) as its official currency.

Flooding and landslides throughout Sri Lanka

December 30, 2014

Unusually heavy monsoon rains have caused flooding and landslides throughout Sri Lanka. Warnings are currently in place in Central, Eastern, Northern, North Central, North Western and Uva provinces. Monitor local news and weather reports, follow the advice of local authorities and contact your travel agent or tour operator to confirm your itinerary.

New entry fee in Colombia

December 09, 2014

As of December 1, 2014, Canadians are required to pay a tax to enter Colombia. Children under the age of 14 and adults older than 79 years are exempted. The archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina is also excluded. For all other points of entry, Canadians will be obligated to pay 160,000.00 pesos (approx. 78 CAD) to customs officials, in cash or by credit or debit card.

Embassy in Egypt Temporarily Closed

December 08, 2014

Due to security reasons, our Embassy in Cairo will be closed until further notice. For emergency assistance; email sos@international.gc.ca or call collect at 1-613-996-8885.

Updated Advisory in Israel

December 08, 2014

There is no advisory in effect for Jerusalem. However, you should exercise a high degree of caution due to protests and clashes between protestors and local authorities in East Jerusalem and parts of the Old City, and terrorist and other violent attacks in various public locations. Police and security forces are on heightened alert. Exercise a high degree of caution when using public transportation, and after incidents of violence, public funerals and religious holidays, or when national developments may affect the local population.

Updated Advisory in Saudi Arabia

December 08, 2014

There is no nationwide advisory in effect for Saudi Arabia. However, you should exercise a high degree of caution due to the threat of terrorist attacks and security incidents. There is a terrorist threat throughout Saudi Arabia, and attacks may occur throughout the country. Although groups commonly target government buildings, public areas, areas frequented by tourists and Western interests, Westerners may be directly targeted. Sectarian attacks may also occur throughout the country. Heightened security measures are currently in place and may be reinforced on short notice.

Curfew in Côte D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

December 08, 2014

A curfew is in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. in Bondoukou, in the northeast, due to security concerns.

Philippines: Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby)

December 6, 2014

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada advises against non-essential travel to Eastern and Western Samar, Northern Samar, Leyte, Masbate, Sorsogon, Albay, Camarines Norte and Sur, Marinduque, Batangas, Occidental and Oriental Mindoro due to Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby).

Chikungunya: Global Update

December 3, 2014

Outbreaks of chikungunya have become increasingly frequent over the past months after local transmission was reported for the first time in the Caribbean in December of last year. Since then, local transmission of the virus has spread to many countries in neighbouring regions. The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that travellers protect themselves from mosquito bites when travelling to areas where chikungunya may occur.

Ebola virus disease: information for travellers

November 28, 2014

The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa a public health emergency that requires a coordinated international response to control and to prevent from spreading further. Cases of Ebola virus disease and the resulting deaths continue to be reported in Guinea, Liberia, Mali and Sierra Leone.

Ebola Virus Disease in Sierra Leone

November 28, 2014

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa a public health emergency that requires a coordinated international response to stop the spread. All districts in Sierra Leone have been affected by this outbreak. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers.

Ebola Virus Disease in Guinea

November 28, 2014

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa a public health emergency that requires a coordinated international response to stop the spread. The outbreak in Guinea has been ongoing since March of this year and multiple areas are affected. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers.

Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia

November 28, 2014

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa a public health emergency that requires a coordinated international response to stop the spread. All districts in Liberia have been affected by this outbreak. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers.

Egypt: demonstrations are expected on November 28

November 27, 2014

There has been a call for demonstrations in Egypt on November 28, 2014. In addition to widespread demonstrations, there is also heightened risk of violence against state institutions, security personnel and infrastructure, including roads and public transportation. Be extremely vigilant, avoid all demonstrations or large gatherings and areas where they are taking place.

WHO temporary polio vaccine recommendations

November 19, 2014

Effective November 13, the temporary recommendations continue to be in place. Consult the travel health notice for more information and for the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers.

Ebola virus disease in Mali

November 18, 2014

The Ministry of Health of Mali has reported cases and deaths of Ebola virus disease. In late October, the country reported their first case and death in Kayes, from which no further associated cases have been reported. The most recent cases are in Bamako, Mali. The initial cases were linked to the outbreak in Guinea. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

November 14, 2014

Since April 2012, cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) have been identified in the following countries in the Middle East: Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen, Lebanon and Iran. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers.

Dengue Fever: Global Update

November 14, 2014

Outbreaks of dengue fever have become increasingly frequent over the past 25 years. Dengue fever is a disease spread to humans by mosquitoes and is caused by one of four types of dengue viruses. Dengue fever can cause severe flu-like symptoms and in some cases, may lead to dengue haemorrhagic fever (severe dengue), which can be fatal. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers.

Measles: Global Update

November 14, 2014

Measles cases occur around the world. Within the last 10 years, the number of measles cases reported globally has decreased significantly; however, there have been a number of large outbreaks, mostly in Africa and Europe. The Americas, including Canada, have experienced outbreaks of measles, when the virus has been imported from other regions. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers.

Avian influenza (H7N9 and others) in China

November 14, 2014

Since March 2013, confirmed human cases of an avian influenza virus identified as A(H7N9) have been reported in the People’s Republic of China. The majority of cases have occurred in neighbouring regions in eastern and south eastern China, including the travel-related cases in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Taiwan. The cases of avian influenza H7N9 flu virus are of particular concern as they are the first reported cases of this avian influenza virus in humans. Additional cases are expected. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers.

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