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 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.

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.

Dengue Fever: Global Update

September 23, 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.

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.

Attempted coup in Lesotho

September 9, 2014

There were reports of an attempted coup in Maseru on August 30, 2014. The security situation remains unpredictable and could change rapidly. There is no visible police presence at night. After dark, avoid travelling and remain in your hotel or place of residence. Avoid gatherings and demonstrations, monitor news reports and follow the advice of local authorities.

Ebola virus disease in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

September 8, 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. Cases and deaths of Ebola virus disease continue to be reported in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and additional cases in these countries can be expected. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers.

Ebola virus disease in Nigeria

September 8, 2014

The Ministry of Health in Nigeria has reported a small number of confirmed and suspected cases and deaths of Ebola virus disease in Lagos and Port Harcourt related to an initial case in an infected traveller from Liberia. Consult the travel health notice for more information and the Public Health Agency of Canada's recommendations for travellers.

Ebola virus disease in Senegal

September 5, 2014

The Ministry of Public Health and Social Affairs in Senegal has reported a confirmed case of Ebola virus disease in a traveller to Dakar from Guinea.

Ebola virus disease: information for travellers

August 29, 2014

The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in 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. More are likely to occur.  

Ebola virus disease in Democratic Republic of Congo

August 28, 2014

The Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed that there are cases of Ebola in Equateur province. 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.

Border closure between Guinea and Guinea-Bissau due to the Ebola outbreak

August 15, 2014

Screening measures are in place at entry points in an attempt to contain the Ebola outbreak. Guinea-Bissau has closed its land, air and maritime borders with Guinea.

The Hajj 1435/2014 and Umrah

August 15, 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.

Spain - International Driving Permit

August 14, 2014

An International Driving Permit is required in order to drive in Spain for up to six months. A Spanish driver’s licence is required for stays longer than six months.

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