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.

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.

Ebola virus disease in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

August 20, 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. Additional cases can be expected. There have been a small number of confirmed and suspected cases and deaths reported in Lagos, Nigeria.

Ebola virus disease in Nigeria

August 20, 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. Additional cases can be expected. There have been a small number of confirmed and suspected cases and deaths reported in Lagos, Nigeria.

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.

The Canadian embassy in Libya is closed, Canadians should leave the country

July 29, 2014

Given the volatile security situation, the Canadian embassy in Tripoli, Libya has suspended operations until further notice. Canadian officials have left the country. Canadians in Libya should contact the Embassy of Canada in Tunis, Tunisia +216 70 010 200 or the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa +1 613 996 8885.

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.

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