Latest news and warnings

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 warnings, 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.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

July 24, 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.

Typhoon Matmo in China

July 22, 2014

Typhoon Matmo is expected to sweep parts of the province of Fujian starting July 24, 2014. Keep informed of regional weather forecasts, avoid disaster areas and follow the advice of local authorities.

Typhoon Matmo in Taiwan

July 22, 2014

Typhoon Matmo is expected to sweep Taiwan starting July 23, 2014. Keep informed of regional weather forecasts, avoid disaster areas and follow the advice of local authorities.

Chikungunya in the Caribbean and the Americas

July 22, 2014

Since December 2013, confirmed cases of chikungunya have been reported on many islands in the Caribbean. Local transmission of the virus has also spread to countries in Central and South America and Florida in the United States. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers.

Curfew in Lamu district, Kenya

July 20, 2014

A 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. curfew was declared in Lamu district on July 20, 2014 for security reasons.

Updated travel advice and advisories for Israel

July 20, 2014

Given the current security conditions, the Embassy of Canada in Tel Aviv is providing limited consular service to the public. Urgent consular assistance will be provided to the public between 09:00-11:00 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. If you require emergency consular assistance outside these hours, contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre by email or by phone at +1 613 996 8885 (collect call).

Border crossings from the Gaza Strip into Israel and Egypt are now closed

July 18, 2014

We advise against all travel to the Gaza Strip, as it continues to be affected by ongoing conflict. Border crossings from the Gaza Strip into Israel and Egypt are now closed.  While the crossings are closed, the Government of Canada cannot offer consular services to its citizens on the ground, or help them leave, but officials remain available for assistance through the Emergency Watch and Response Centre.

Typhoon Rammasun in Vietnam

July 16, 2014

Typhoon Rammasun is expected to sweep northern Vietnam, starting July 19, 2014. Monitor local news and weather reports, avoid disaster areas and follow the advice of local authorities.

Typhoon Rammasun in China

July 16, 2014

Typhoon Rammasun is expected to sweep Hainan and southern Guangxi, starting July 18, 2014. Keep informed of regional weather forecasts, avoid disaster areas and follow the advice of local authorities.

Typhoon Glenda in the Philippines

July 14, 2014

Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun) is expected to sweep the southern and central Luzon areas, including Metro Manila, starting July 15, 2014. Heavy rains are expected and flooding may affect some regions. Stay informed of regional weather forecasts, avoid disaster areas, and follow the advice of local authorities.

Tripoli airport closed in Libya

July 13, 2014

Tripoli International Airport is closed until further notice due to fighting nearby.

Avoid all travel to coastal areas in Lamu district, Kenya

July 12, 2014

Avoid all travel within 150 km of the Kenya;Somalia border, including coastal areas of Lamu district and to Garissa district, where there is a risk of kidnapping and attacks.

Inter-communal violence in Mandalay, Burma

July 11, 2014

Incidents of violence, which resulted in injuries and damage to property, occurred in Mandalay in early July 2014. A curfew is in effect from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Exercise caution as further incidents may take place without warning.

Cholera in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Mexico

July 11, 2014

Since the beginning of the cholera epidemic in October 2010, the Dominican Republic and Haiti have reported thousands of cholera cases and related deaths.Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers.

WHO temporary polio vaccine recommendations

July 11, 2014

The WHO has issued temporary polio vaccination recommendations to prevent further spread of the virus worldwide, to be reviewed after three months. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers.

Polio: Global Update

July 10, 2014

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.

Typhoon Neoguri in Japan

July 7, 2014

Typhoon Neoguri is expected to sweep across the southwestern regions of Japan starting July 8. Be ready for strong winds and heavy rain, especially in the Okinawa region. Keep informed of regional weather forecasts, avoid disaster areas and follow the advice of local authorities.

Tensions could increase around Independence Day (July 9)

July 7, 2014

Serious security incidents occurred in Juba on March 5, 2014. Tensions are high and the potential for spontaneous fighting remains, and could increase around Independence Day (July 9).

Our Embassy in Morocco has relocated

July 4, 2014

The Embassy of Canada serving Morocco and Mauritania has relocated.

New Regional Advisory in Russia

June 26, 2014

Avoid all travel to the districts of the Rostov Oblast that border Ukraine.

New entry fees in Haiti

June 25, 2014

As of July 1, 2014, foreign nationals must pay a $10 fee upon arrival at all points of entry into Haiti.

Explosion in Abuja, Nigeria

June 25, 2014

A large explosion at the Emab Plaza, in a shopping district popular among foreigners in Abuja, caused several casualties. Remain highly vigilant and avoid large crowds and gatherings when in public places in Abuja.

Polio: global update

June 25, 2014

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.

2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil

June 25, 2014

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

Chikungunya in the Caribbean and South America

June 19, 2014

Since December 2013, confirmed cases of chikungunya have been reported on many islands in the Caribbean. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers.

The Hajj 1435/2014 and Umrah

June 19, 2014

Travellers attending the Hajj or Umrah should consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations.

Ramadan

June 17, 2014

As Ramadan approaches, consult country-specific advice depending on your destination.

Avoid all travel to Iraq, excluding the areas controlled by the Kurdistan Regional Government

June 13, 2014

The security situation throughout Iraq is very volatile, dangerous and unpredictable, and could deteriorate further with very little warning. If you are in Iraq, consider departing by commercial means if it is safe to do so.

Iraq: extremists have captured Mosul

June 11, 2014

Canadians: you should leave the city immediately if it is safe to do so.

Updated travel advice and advisories for Singapore

June 9, 2014

Singaporean authorities have implemented temperature screening at Changi International Airport of all travellers arriving from countries affected by Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). If you fail the MERS-CoV test, you may be transported to a local hospital for diagnosis, isolated and treated (for up to 14 days) at your own cost.

Canadians in Uganda, Nigeria, Ethiopia: Terrorists have previously targeted venues broadcasting soccer games

June 9, 2014

The 2014 FIFA World Cup will take place in Brazil from June 12 to July 13, 2014. Be extremely vigilant in busy public venues that broadcast games, as terrorists have targeted such venues to carry out attacks in the past, notably in Uganda, Nigeria and Ethiopia.

Increase in armed robberies at the Toussaint Louverture Airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

June 9, 2014

There has recently been an increase in armed robberies targeting travellers, particularly foreigners of Haitian origin, arriving on international flights at the Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince. In most cases, the victims’ vehicles are followed by criminals on motorcycles. To minimize the risk of violence, you should have your local contacts arrange your pick up from the airport, carry only small amounts of cash and not resist if you are threatened by robbers.

Typhoon Haiyan (“Yolanda”) in the Philippines

June 6, 2014

Typhoon Haiyan (locally called Yolanda) made landfall in central Philippines in November 2013. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers.

Arrest of Pakistan’s MQM party leader may lead to demonstrations and strikes

June 5, 2014

The June 3, 2014 arrest of the MQM political party’s leader, Altaf Hussain, in London, United Kingdom, may lead to demonstrations and strikes throughout the province of Sindh, particularly in Karachi. Avoid large gathering and maintain a high level of vigilance.

Zika virus infection in Chile, New Caledonia and the Cook Islands

June 3, 2014

Outbreaks of Zika virus infection are ongoing in New Caledonia as new cases continue to be reported. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers.

Avoid all travel to Libya

June 1, 2014

Avoid all travel to Libya due to the fragile and unpredictable political situation and the threat of terrorism in the region. The Embassy of Canada in Libya’s ability to provide consular services to Canadian citizens in Libya is extremely limited, due to continuing political instability and violence. If you are presently in Libya, you should consider leaving now while it is safe to do so.

Important security update in Ethiopia

May 30, 2014

On May 29, 2014, the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa issued an important update regarding the security situation in Ethiopia.

Regional Advisory for Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts in Ukraine

May 30, 2014

The airport and train station in Donetsk and Luhansk are no longer operational. Contact the train station or your airline to check the status of your trip prior to travelling to the train station or airport.

Large-scale of protests are expected in Turkey

May 30, 2014

Large-scale demonstrations are planned for the weekend of May 30 to June 1, 2014, to mark the one year anniversary of the Gezi Park protests. Avoid all demonstrations and remain vigilant.

New visa regulations in South Africa

May 29, 2014

New immigration regulations came into effect in May 2014. Check the latest requirements with the Department of Home Affairs before travelling to South Africa.

Coup d’état declared by the Thailand Military

May 28, 2014

The curfew imposed by the Thai army is now in effect from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m. across Thailand. The curfew does not apply if you are travelling to or from the airport.

Ebola outbreak in West Africa

May 28, 2014

The Ministry of Health of Guinea continues to report on the evolving outbreak of Ebola virus disease. Confirmed cases in the neighbouring countries of Liberia and Sierra Leone have also been reported. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers.

Explosion in Djibouti

May 27, 2014

Regional terror groups, including those associated with al Qaeda and al-Shabaab, continue to threaten Western interests and other potential targets in Djibouti. On May 24, 2014, an explosion in a restaurant frequented by foreigners killed three people and injured dozens. Be vigilant and monitor local media.

Rioting in Malawi

May 24, 2014

Rioting has been occurring in parts of the country, due to an unstable political situation. Exercise a high degree of caution and avoid demonstrations and large gatherings.

Violence in Tripoli, Libya

May 23, 2014

Violence broke out in Tripoli as well as in eastern Libya, in mid -May 2014. Airports may close and flights may be cancelled on short notice.

Avoid non-essential travel to Abuja, Nigeria

May 21, 2014

There is a high threat of domestic terrorism in the northern states of Gombe, Yobe, Borno, Kano, Adamawa and Kaduna. Explosions in Kano on May 18 and in Jos on May 20, 2014, resulted in over 150 deaths and many injuries. A state of emergency is in effect in these states. Remain highly vigilant.

High threat from terrorism throughout Kenya

May 16, 2014

There is a high threat from terrorism throughout Kenya, including Nairobi and Mombasa. Two explosions occurred in Nairobi on May 16, 2014, one targeting a matatu (minibus) near the downtown core and a second at Gikomba Market. Be extremely vigilant.

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