Natural disasters and civil emergencies

Natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, typhoonsvolcanic eruptions,  floods, forest fires and drought may affect your safety and security, as well as the availability of goods, services and transportation, when you are travelling. Visit the Humanitarian Early Warning Service website for details. 

If there is a natural disaster or civil emergency, listen to local news broadcasts for updates on the situation. Consult our Country travel advice and advisories and carefully evaluate the implications for your security and safety before travelling to or remaining in a country affected by a dangerous situation.

Follow the advice of local authorities, keep a low profile and maintain close contact with your family to inform them of your situation. Prepare a basic emergency kit so that you will be prepared to be self-sufficient for a minimum of 72 hours. You should carry information on how to contact Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada’s Emergency Watch and Response Centre, which operates 24 hours a day and accepts collect calls from Canadians overseas. Before you leave the country, you should confirm your flight details and make sure that airports and borders remain open.

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