Advice for women travellers

Millions of Canadian women travel abroad safely every year, but health and safety challenges in some countries could influence your choice of destination and the way you plan your travels.

Before you go

Travel health

When you're abroad

Accommodations

Look into private or women-only room options if you are planning to stay in shared accommodations. This includes hostels and vacation rentals, including those found through room- or home-sharing platforms. Book in advance and try to confirm with someone directly.

Choose accommodations where you will feel safe. Not all hotels and resorts have the same level of security. Tourists have allegedly been sexually assaulted by resort staff, other guests and security personnel at resorts at popular tourist destinations.

Wherever you stay, take precautions:

Transportation

Driving

LGBTQ2 travellers

For safe-travel advice for LGBTQ2 travellers, including trans women, see Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirit Canadians abroad.

Travelling with children

If you are going abroad with children, visit the Children section of our website.

If you need help

If you or someone you know is being pressured into marriage through kidnapping, harassment, emotional blackmail, or any other threat, including by family members, know that forced marriage is a human-rights violation under international law. Seek help.

For help with other emergencies abroad, or if you’re a victim of abuse, including sexual assault, physical assault, domestic abuse, involuntary confinement, or the withholding of your passport and finances, inform the local authorities and  contact the nearest Canadian office abroad during office hours. After hours, contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa by phone at +1 613 996 8885 or by email at sos@international.gc.ca.

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