Hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones and monsoons

Hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones and monsoon rains can be very dangerous when you are travelling or living abroad.

COVID-19 and hurricane season

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we advise Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside Canada. If you are outside Canada, find out if there are any available options to return home as soon as possible. If not, you may have to remain abroad for some time.

If you are already outside Canada or must travel despite our advisory, take necessary precautions and read Travel and COVID-19: Your safety and security outside Canada

Tropical cyclones are called hurricanes, typhoons or cyclones depending on where they occur:

Monsoons are heavy seasonal rains that occur in parts of East, South and Southeast Asia, Oceania, and western sub-Saharan Africa. They take place at different times of the year, depending on the region. Check our Travel Advice and Advisories to find out when monsoons occur in your destination country.

Travel disruptions

Typhoons, cyclones and hurricanes produce strong winds and rain. They can cause high waves, storm surges, flash floods and landslides that result in significant loss of life and damage to infrastructure. They can also severely disrupt essential services such as medical care, transportation, power distribution, telecommunications networks, and supplies of water, food and fuel. Some areas, including small islands, may become inaccessible for extended periods of time.

These storms can cause severe damage along the coast and even inland. Local authorities may evacuate you from your hotel to an emergency shelter located in a safer area. You may have to wait for a long time for flights to resume and roads to reopen. In such situations, the Government of Canada may be limited in its ability to help you.

Necessary precautions

If you are travelling to a region where these major weather events are common:

Be informed 

Before you leave

While you're there

If you live in a region where major weather events take place, remember that preparation is the key to survival. Follow the local emergency preparedness recommendations.

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