Hijacking, hostage-takings and kidnappings abroad
You should carefully review the Travel Advice and Advisories for the countries you will be visiting to obtain up-to-date information on safety and security conditions. To avoid becoming a target, be aware of your surroundings at all times, never open your door to anyone without taking the necessary precautions to confirm the visitor's identity, and avoid sightseeing in isolated areas with someone you do not know or trust. Provide details of your sightseeing excursions to family or friends.
If a Canadian abroad is the victim of a hijacking, hostage taking, or kidnapping, Canadian consular officials can:
- work closely with local authorities to facilitate an early and safe release, and
- maintain contact with a designated family member to keep him or her fully informed of all developments.
If you need help, contact the nearest Canadian government office abroad or our Emergency Watch and Response Centre. You should follow the advice and instructions of local authorities at all times.
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