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)

April 24, 2014

Since April 2012, cases of MERS-CoV have been identified in 12 countries. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers.

Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

April 17, 2014

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

2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil

April 17, 2014

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is being hosted by Brazil from June 12 to July 13. Consult the travel health notice the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers.

Measles: Global Update

April 17, 2014

Measles cases occur around the world. Travellers who are not immune to measles have an increased risk of infection. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations to travellers.

Reduce your risk of gastrointestinal illnesses when travelling

April 16, 2014

Recently, there has been an increase in the number of cases of Salmonella gastrointestinal illnesses among Canadians returning from popular warm destinations. In addition to Salmonella, diseases such as norovirus and E. coli are common causes of travellers’ diarrhea. Consult the travel health notice for more information and for the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations to travellers.

Avian Influenza (H5N1): Global Update

April 16, 2014

Avian influenza (H5N1), commonly known as “bird flu”, is a viral infection that can spread easily and quickly among birds. Countries around the world, in particular countries in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa, continue to report cases of avian influenza (H5N1). Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency's recommendations to travellers.

Large explosion in Abuja, Nigeria

April 14, 2014

On April 14, 2014, an explosion killed more than 70 people and injured over 100 at a busy bus station in the Nyanya area of Abuja. Remain highly vigilant and avoid large crowds and gatherings when in public places in Abuja.

Explosion in Arusha, Tanzania

April 14, 2014

On April 13, 2014, an explosion in a bar in Arusha injured 15 people. Canadians should be vigilant in crowded places and monitor local media.

Polio: Global Update

April 11, 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 to travellers.

Terrorist threat in Lahore, Pakistan

April 4, 2014

The Embassy of the United States in Islamabad has issued a security message advising that militants may be planning to target tourist sites and two hotels in Lahore, Punjab Province, in early April.

Regional Advisory for Mombasa, Kenya

April 3, 2014

We advise against non-essential travel to Mombasa due to the current elevated threat of terrorism.

Dengue Fever: Global Update

April 2, 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.

Tropical Cyclone Hellen in Madagascar

March 31, 2014

Register and exercise caution. Monitor local news and weather reports, and follow the advice of local authorities.

Cholera in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Mexico

March 28, 2014

The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends practising safe food and water precautions while in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti or Mexico. Consult the travel health notice for more information.

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

March 26, 2014

Consult the Public Health Agency of Canada's travel health notice for more information on Zika virus in Chile, French Polynesia, New Caledonia and the Cook Islands, as well as recommendations to travellers.

The sharia penal code in Brunei Darussalam

March 19, 2014

The sharia penal code will be adopted in phases starting in April 2014. Be aware that specific applications of sharia may differ by country and by region. Inform yourself of the relevant provisions specifically related to Brunei, regardless of your religion, as the penal code is applicable to Muslims and non-Muslims.

Demonstrations are expected in Turkey

March 12, 2014

Demonstrations are expected in Ankara (Kugulu Park, Tunali Hilmi Caddesi and the area around the Parliament) and in Istanbul (Taksim Square, Besiktas and its surroundings). Avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings, particularly those in Taksim Square, and stay away from places where security forces are gathered. Follow the advice of local authorities and monitor international media for updates.

National elections period in India

March 10, 2014

The national elections period is scheduled to take place from March 5 to May 28, 2014, with voting in seven phases in different constituencies from April 7 to May 12. Explosions occurred in Patna in October 2013, where a large crowd had gathered for a political campaign rally. Further attacks, violent confrontations and transportation disruptions could occur in the lead up to, during and after the elections. Avoid all political events, demonstrations and large gatherings, monitor local developments and follow the advice of local authorities.

Demonstrations in Thailand

March 5, 2014

Protesters have blocked certain intersections and roads in Bangkok, including those in proximity to the Embassy of Canada and to major tourist sites, causing major traffic disruptions. Consult our guidelines for special instructions if you plan on visiting the Embassy of Canada in Bangkok.

Demonstrations in Venezuela

March 5, 2014

Demonstrations have been occurring throughout Venezuela since mid-February 2014, particularly in the cities of Caracas, Mérida, Valencia, San Cristobal and Maracay. Some demonstrations have turned violent and have resulted in deaths and injuries. The possibility of further violence at demonstrations is high. Avoid all demonstrations, large gatherings and public areas where disturbances or violent incidents could occur, follow the advice of local authorities and monitor local developments.

Security incidents in Juba, South Sudan

March 5, 2014

Security incidents occurred in Juba on March 5 and may be ongoing. Roadblocks have been set up and the road to the airport is closed. If you are in the area, remain indoors and avoid movements throughout the city.

Ukraine: avoid all travel to Crimea

February 28, 2014

We advise against all travel to Crimea due to political uncertainty and reports of armed operations in the area, as well as ongoing demonstrations and clashes.

Canadians in Malaysia

February 28, 2014

The Regional Advisory for the coastal areas of southeastern Sabah has been updated.

Rubella (German measles) in Japan and Poland

February 28, 2014

At the beginning of 2013, outbreaks of rubella, also known as German measles, were reported in Japan and Poland. In Japan, over 14,000 cases were reported, mainly concentrated in the Osaka and Tokyo Metropolis Prefectures. In Poland, over 40,000 cases were reported throughout the country. Cases of rubella continue to be reported in both countries. The Public Health Agency of Canada reminds travellers to make sure their rubella vaccination is up-to-date.

National Carnival in Haiti

February 28, 2014

The National Carnival will take place in Gonaïves from March 2 to 4, 2014. Expect large crowds and traffic disruptions. Be particularly vigilant during this event.

Updated travel advice for Canadians in Ukraine

February 26, 2014

We advise against non-essential travel to Kyiv and Crimea due to the tenuous security situation.

Chikungunya in the Caribbean and South America

February 24, 2014

Since December 2013, confirmed cases of chikungunya have been reported on many islands in the Caribbean. These cases mark the first time that locally acquired transmission of chikungunya has been detected in the region of the Americas. Local transmission of the virus has also been confirmed in French Guiana indicating spread to South America. Additional information about these chikungunya cases is available on the Pan American Health Organization’s website. The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that travellers protect themselves from mosquito bites when travelling in the Caribbean.

Updated travel advice for Canadians in Ukraine

February 20, 2014

We advise against non-essential travel to Kyiv due to the deteriorating security situation.

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