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.

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.

China: Updated Entry and Exit Requirements

November 12, 2014

Visa requirements have changed for stopovers via select international airports.

Our Office in Cameroon Has Moved

November 11, 2014

Our High Commission in Yaoundé has been relocated.

Updated Advisory in Lebanon

November 10, 2014

The security situation in northern Lebanon is unstable. Tripoli has been particularly polarized by the conflict in Syria, and the neighbourhoods of Bab al Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen regularly experience inter-communal violence, which may spread to outlying areas. Lebanese security forces are conducting operations in northern Lebanon to restore order. They are authorized to use lethal force, and have clashed with militants in the area. Avoid affected areas, monitor local news reports and follow the advice of local authorities.

Updated Advisory in Turkey

November 10, 2014

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada advises against non-essential travel to the provinces of Hakkari, Siirt, Sirnak, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Kilis and Hatay, which border Iraq and Syria, due to an unpredictable security situation.

State of Emergency in Burkina Faso

November 3, 2014

Demonstrations have been taking place frequently in Ouagadougou and other cities since October 21, 2014, and are expected to continue. On October 30, 2014, demonstrators stormed the National Assembly and other public and private buildings in Ouagadougou. A State of Emergency has been declared and a 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. curfew is in effect throughout the country. All land borders will be closed until November 4, 2014. The Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso Airports are operational, outside of curfew hours. Disruptions could occur. Contact your airline to confirm the status of your flight. Exercise a high degree of caution, limit your movements, avoid all demonstrations, monitor local news and follow the advice of local authorities.

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.

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.

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..

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