Risk levels and Travel Advisories

Travel Advice and Advisories show you the overall risk level for a country or territory based on an assessment of the nationwide safety and security situation. If the safety and security situation of a particular region within a country or territory is assessed to be different than that of the rest of the country or territory, we assign a separate risk level to that region and display it below the nationwide risk level (see example at the bottom of the page).

There are four possible risk levels that can be applied to a country, territory or region:

Exercise normal security precautions

There are no significant safety and security concerns. The overall safety and security situation is similar to that of Canada. You should take normal security precautions.

Exercise a high degree of caution

There are identifiable safety and security concerns or the safety and security situation could change with little notice. You should exercise a high degree of caution at all times, monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities.

IMPORTANT: The two levels below are official Government of Canada Travel Advisories and are issued when the safety and security of Canadians travelling or living in the country may be compromised:

Avoid non-essential travel

There are specific safety and security concerns that could put you at risk. You should reconsider your need to travel to the country, territory or region. If you are already in the country, territory or region, you should reconsider whether or not you really need to be there. If not, you should consider leaving while it is still safe to do so. It is up to you to decide what “non-essential travel” means, based on family or business requirements, knowledge of or familiarity with a country, territory or region, and other factors.  

Avoid all travel

There is an extreme risk to your personal safety and security. You should not travel to this country, territory or region. If you are already in the country, territory or region, you should consider leaving if it is safe to do so.

IMPORTANT: For your own safety, we strongly advise you to follow the Government of Canada’s official Travel Advisories.

If a Travel Advisory is issued for your destination after you make your travel arrangements, but before departure or during your trip, it may affect your travel insurance. Make sure you understand any terms and conditions in the policy in regard to travel advice and advisories from the Government of Canada. See Travel insurance for more information.

Sample risk level with regional advisory


Risk level(s)

Country X - Exercise normal security precautions

There is no nationwide advisory for Country X. Exercise normal security precautions.

Western coast of Country X - Avoid non-essential travel

Global Affairs Canada advises against all non-essential travel to the western coast of country x due to high levels of crime and political unrest.

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