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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.

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.

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.

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