Canadian travel advisories, what you need to know

Darrian Matassa-Fung / January 17, 2019

The Government of Canada has issued travel advisories for China, Mexico, and Thailand recently.
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Canadians love to travel.

According to a report by Destination Canada, 28,635,323 flights were flown out of Canada by Canadians from January 2018 to October 2018.

Many of these trips were made to locations deemed to be unsafe by the Canadian Government.

In the last recent weeks, the Canadian Government has issued travel advisories for popular destinations and to “exercise a high degree of caution” in countries such as Mexico. Some of these travel advisories are quite logical, while others, an average Canadian wouldn’t expect.

We recently covered the travel advisory on China and the article can be read here.

These travel advisories can stem from specific cases such as the Canadian kidnapped in Burkina Faso who was found dead, two days after he was abducted.

Kirk Woodman, originally from Halifax, was abducted Tuesday night by gunmen at a mining site owned by Vancouver-based Progress Minerals in Tiabongou, near the border with Niger, in an area the government says is under growing threat from armed jihadists.

Shelley Toomer, a managing leading supervisor at Uniglobe LGI Travel, says she tells her clients to be safe travelers and to be smart while still having fun.

“Their smart travelers, I think that they live for the moment and that something bad could happen in their home country, its no different than being somewhere else.” – Shelley Toomer, Managing Leading Supervisor at Uniglobe

Here is a story map showing the most dangerous places to travel to for Canadians in 2019.

“I tell my travelers to travel smart, if you were in your own city would you be out downtown at 3 am by yourself?” – Shelley Toomer, Managing Leading Supervisor at Uniglobe

Mexico

The Government of Canada has an active travel advisory for Mexico. The advisory was issued on November 27, 2018.

The advisory warns Canadians that traveling in Mexico is dangerous “due to high levels of criminal activity, as well as demonstrations, protests and occasional illegal roadblocks throughout the country.”

The advisory warns Canadians about theses specific Northern states to look out for due to “high levels of violence, linked to organized crime”:

  • Chihuahua
  • Coahuila (except the city of Saltillo)
  • Durango
  • Nuevo León (except the city of Monterrey)
  • Sinaloa (except the city of Mazatlán)
  • Sonora (except the cities of Hermosillo and Guaymas/San Carlos)
  • Tamaulipas.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has issued advice for travelers on the Zika virus, recommending that Canadians practice special health precautions while travelling in affected countries. Pregnant women and those considering becoming pregnant should avoid travel to Mexico.

The Government of Canada issues a travel advisory for Mexico on November 27, 2018.
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Thailand

The Government of Canada issued its travel advisory for Thailand on January 7, 2019.
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The Government of Canada has an active travel advisory for Thailand. The advisory was issued on January 7, 2019.

The advisory warns Canadians that traveling in Thailand is dangerous “due to ongoing political tensions and sporadic demonstrations in Bangkok and elsewhere in the country.”

The advisory warns Canadians about theses specific Southern provinces to look out for due to “to criminally and politically motivated violent incidents”:

  • Narathiwat
  • Pattani
  • Songkhla (including the city of Hat Yai)
  • Yala

The Public Health Agency of Canada has issued advice for travelers on the Zika virus, recommending that Canadians practice special health precautions while travelling in affected countries. Pregnant women and those considering becoming pregnant should avoid travel to Thailand.

Jamaica

The Government of Canada has an active travel advisory for Jamaica. The advisory was issued on January 16, 2019.

The advisory warns Canadians that traveling in Jamaica is dangerous “due to high level of violent crime.”

The Public Health Agency of Canada has issued advice for travelers on the Zika virus, recommending that Canadians practice special health precautions while travelling in affected countries. Pregnant women and those considering becoming pregnant should avoid travel to Jamaica.

The Government of Canada issued its travel advisory for Jamaica on January 16, 2019.
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with files from Jesse Day