News

The following news and warnings 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.

State of Emergency in Burkina Faso

October 31, 2014

Demonstrations have been taking place daily in Ouagadougou and other cities since October 21, 2014. On October 30, 2014, demonstrators stormed the National Assembly and other public and private buildings in Ouagadougou. Demonstrators have blocked some roads and some shops are currently closed.  Shelter in place, monitor local news and follow the advice of local authorities. A 7:00 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew is in effect throughout the country.

Elections in Ukraine

October 24, 2014

Parliamentary elections are scheduled to take place on October 26, 2014. Demonstrations may occur in the period surrounding the elections. Avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings, monitor local developments, and follow the advice of local authorities.

Demonstrations in Burkina Faso

October 24, 2014

Small-scale spontaneous demonstrations have been taking place daily in Ouagadougou and other cities since October 21, 2014. They are expected to continue at least until the end of October. Demonstrators have blocked some roads and shops could close without notice. Nationwide demonstrations are expected to take place on October 28-29, 2014. Be aware that local curfews could be imposed at any time in all regions. Be vigilant and avoid all demonstrations and public gatherings as they can become violent without notice. Monitor local news and follow the advice of local authorities.

Dengue Fever: Global Update

October 24, 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.

Ebola Virus Disease in Senegal

October 24, 2014

There have been no cases of Ebola virus disease reported in Senegal for 42 days (two incubation periods) following the single confirmed case in a traveller to Dakar from Guinea. On October 17th, the World Health Organization declared the end of the outbreak in Senegal. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers.

Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria

October 24, 2014

There have been no cases of Ebola virus disease reported in Nigeria for 42 days (two incubation periods) following the small number of confirmed and suspected cases and deaths reported in Lagos and Port Harcourt related to an initial case in an infected traveller from Liberia. On October 20th, the World Health Organization declared the end of the outbreak in Nigeria. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers.

Study and Stay Abroad Fair

October 16, 2014

Meet us at the Study and Stay Abroad Fair at Place Bonaventure in Montreal. We will give you advice on safe travel and help you get acquainted with our Registration of Canadians Abroad service.

Demonstrations in Hong Kong

October 16, 2014

Demonstrations continue to cause travel delays and disruptions in Admiralty, Central and Causeway Bay districts on Hong Kong Island and in Mong Kok district in Kowloon. Though the number of protesters has declined, the situation remains unpredictable and volatile. The level of tension has risen between all parties, and scuffles between protesters and their opponents continue to occur. Hong Kong Police have cleared barricades and removed protestors from a few sites; nevertheless, some main roads and intersections remain occupied, and road closures continue to affect local transportation services. Plan your itinerary carefully to avoid blockages and demonstrations as violence could erupt and escalate quickly. Exercise caution and monitor local media.

Sri Lanka Travel restrictions (Northern Province)

October 16, 2014

On October 15, 2014, strict entry restrictions were imposed for all foreigners wishing to travel to Northern Province. Restrictions may be expanded or changed without notice. Permission must be obtained from the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence before travelling to this province. Foreigners, including those with residence status, have been refused access at military checkpoints.

Effects of Cyclone Hudhud in India

October 15, 2014

The city of Visakhapatnam and surrounding areas are currently recovering from the effects of Cyclone Hudhud, which made landfall in northern Andhra Pradesh on October 12, 2014. Expect disruptions to transportation, power and communications, shortages of water, food and fuel , and widespread damage to infrastructure. The Visakhapatnam Airport is currently closed.

Ebola virus disease: information for travellers

October 14, 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 and Sierra Leone. A small number of cases have been reported in Nigeria and a single case in a traveller from Guinea to Senegal. More are likely to occur.

Japan: Typhoon Vongfong

October 10, 2014

Typhoon Vongfong is expected to sweep Okinawa, Kyushu, Shikoku and southern Honshu starting October 11, 2014. Keep informed of regional weather forecasts, avoid disaster areas and follow the advice of local authorities.

India: Tropical Storm Hudhud

October 10, 2014

Tropical Storm Hudhud is expected to become a typhoon and sweep parts of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra states starting October 11, 2014. Keep informed of regional weather forecasts, avoid disaster areas and follow the advice of local authorities.

Ebola Virus Disease in Sierra Leone

October 10, 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 stop the spread. The majority of Sierra Leone has 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 Liberia

October 10, 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 stop the spread. The majority of Liberia has 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

October 10, 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 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 Democratic Republic of Congo

October 9, 2014

The Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed cases and deaths of Ebola. Affected areas are Watsi Kengo, Lokolia, Boende and Boende Muke. Outbreaks of Ebola have occurred in this region of Africa in the past. These cases are not related to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers..

Updated Advisory in Lebanon

October 9, 2014

We advise against all travel south of the Litani River, near the border with Israel, due to military activity. Historical and tourist sites in the city of Tyre, and the main coastal highway from the Litani River to Tyre are excluded from this advisory.

Demonstrations in Hong Kong

September 30, 2014

Large-scale demonstrations have taken place in the Central, Western, Mongkok and Admiralty districts on September 27-28, 2014. These demonstrations are expected to continue over the coming days and could spread to other districts. Expect travel delays and disruptions in affected districts, and plan alternate routes in case of blockages. Exercise caution, monitor local media and avoid large public demonstrations as violence could erupt and escalate quickly.

Chikungunya: Global Update

September 23, 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. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers.

Curfew in Mexico

September 19, 2014

A curfew has been declared in La Paz and Los Cabos from 10:00p.m.-7:00a.m.

Mexico: Hurricane Odile

September 17, 2014

Hurricane Odile recently made landfall on Baja California Sur, causing widespread damage, including to major hotels and resort areas. Transportation routes, power and telecommunications systems have been affected in some areas. Other services that may be affected in these areas include emergency and medical care, as well as water and food supplies.

Flooding in Serbia

September 17, 2014

Heavy rains have flooded roads and bridges and have caused landslides in eastern Serbia, particularly in the regions of Kladovo and Negotin. Many roads are closed and there is danger of landslides and/or rockslides. Several districts declared states of emergency. Water shortages and power outages were reported throughout the affected region. Expect travel disruptions, exercise caution, monitor local media and follow the advice of local authorities.

New immigration directive in South Africa

September 11, 2014

As of June 1, 2015, parents travelling with children will be asked to produce the child’s unabridged (long form) birth certificate in English, or translated to English or any other official language of South Africa. If only one parent is travelling with the child, he or she must also produce a sworn affidavit from the other parent registered on the birth certificate authorizing him or her to enter and/or depart the Republic of South Africa with the child. Other requirements may apply to unaccompanied children.

Polio: Global Update

September 10, 2014

The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that travellers get vaccinated against polio when going to countries where polio has not been eliminated (is endemic), countries with recently imported cases or where the virus has been detected, or countries located near those that are endemic or have cases of recent infection.

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