While traveling has become a little less stressful with the easing of restrictions, that doesn’t mean Canadians can just go to any country. The Government of Canada has issued a number of travel advisories for many countries around the world.
Although the federal government is still urging travelers to avoid traveling to Russia at all costs due to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Canadians should also avoid destinations such as France, Algeria, Hong Kong, Venezuela and Israel, to name a few.
With threats involving crime, fraud and terrorism to civil unrest and protests – here are eight countries you should avoid at all costs or exercise extreme caution when visiting.
As of August 30, 2022, the Government of Canada has issued a travel warning for France – urging travelers to “exercise a high degree of caution” when visiting “due to the elevated terrorist threat”.
Federal authorities have indicated that terrorists have carried out attacks in several European cities and that many opportunistic and premeditated attacks have occurred in France specifically.
Reinforced security measures have been put in place in various strategic locations, including transport hubs, public places and tourist sites (particularly in Paris). Travelers should expect an increased police or military presence in public places, including some tourist spots, especially in the capital.
Travelers should “exercise a high degree of caution in Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, as the security situation may change rapidly,” the Government of Canada said.
The Gaza Strip should be avoided at all costs due to the continuing conflict between Israel and Gaza-based terrorists, such as Hamas. Travelers should also avoid non-essential travel to the West Bank due to the “unpredictable security situation”.
The federal government is also urging Canadians to avoid non-essential travel to border points with the Gaza Strip “due to the risk of rocket and mortar fire, gunfire and military activity.”
Canadians are urged to “avoid all travel” to Ukraine amid the ongoing crisis and war between Ukraine and Russia. “Your safety is at high risk, especially if you engage in active combat,” says the Government of Canada.
On August 23, 2022, the United States Embassy in Kyiv issued the following security alert: “The Department of State has information that Russia is intensifying its efforts to launch strikes against civilian infrastructure and government facilities of Ukraine in the coming days. Russian strikes in Ukraine pose a continuing threat to civilians and civilian infrastructure. »
If you are in Ukraine, leave if it is safe to do so. Otherwise, take shelter in a safe place until it is safe to leave. Our ability to provide consular services in Ukraine is very limited.
Trinidad and Tobago
Those wishing to travel to Trinidad and Tobago should “exercise a high degree of caution due to violent crime,” federal authorities said. Violent crime, including armed robbery, assault and sexual assault, occurs frequently on the island of Trinidad, especially in the country’s capital, Port of Spain.
Many tourists have been targeted. Since 2018, incidents involving kidnapping for ransom have increased. The Government of Canada is urging cruise ship passengers, in particular, to be very careful when walking around Port of Spain docks, as “there is a risk of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Travelers should “exercise a high degree of caution” when visiting Algeria due to the ongoing risk of civil unrest and the threat of terrorism. Canadians should “avoid all travel” to the border regions of Libya, Tunisia, Mali, Niger and Mauritania, as well as to the wilayas of Adrar, El Oued, Illizi, Ouargla, Tamanrasset, Tébessa and Tindouf.
You should also avoid non-essential travel to the Kabylioa region and the wilayas of Annaba, Béchar, Biskra, El Bayed, El Treat, Jijel, Khenchela, Laghouat, Skikda and Souk Ahras because there is a threat of terrorism, banditry and kidnapping in these regions. areas.
Terrorist attacks and counter-insurgency operations occur regularly in the east and south of the country, particularly in border areas. Banditry and kidnappings have also occurred, the Government of Canada said.
Travel to North Korea should be avoided at all costs due to “the uncertain security situation caused by its nuclear weapons development program and highly repressive regime”. Additionally, “there is no resident Canadian government office in the country. The ability of Canadian officials to provide consular assistance in North Korea is extremely limited.”
According to the Government of Canada, tourist facilities are minimal and telecommunications are unreliable in North Korea. Travel must be authorized in advance by the government of North Korea and travelers are closely monitored, and their accommodation and telecommunications are monitored while in the country.
In addition, there are severe shortages of food, electricity and drinking water.
Canadian travelers should avoid all travel to Venezuela “due to the high level of violent crime, the unstable political and economic situation and the deterioration of basic living conditions, including shortages of medicine, gasoline and water. “.
According to the Government of Canada, a state of emergency, also known as the state of exception in Venezuela, has been in effect since January 15, 2016, and the security situation remains unstable and could deteriorate without notice.
Venezuela has one of the highest homicide rates in the world, especially in the capital Caracas. Crimes include homicides, armed robberies, home invasions, carjackings, and kidnapping for ransom.
Canadian travelers should exercise “high caution” when visiting Hong Kong “due to the risk of arbitrary application of local laws”.
Petty crimes such as pickpocketing and purse snatching occur in the country, as do cases of alcohol doping, especially in the Wan Chai region. The Government of Canada has said that while protests are illegal without the prior approval of the Hong Kong local government, unauthorized and spontaneous protests can still take place.
“Even peaceful protests can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transport.”
Before you go, check out our Guide to Responsible Travel to be informed, be safe, be smart, and most importantly, be respectful on your trip.