The Canadian government takes the safety and security of it's citizens travelling abroad very seriously. This is why they constantly update their travel advisory board to alert Canadians of any countries that are deemed high risk, dangerous, or even life threatening.

With the recent addition of Venezuela to their ‘Avoid All Travel' list, it's a good idea for all Canadians to check the advisory board before leaving on a trip.

There are 4 levels of risk used to grade how safe a country is to visit:

Exercise normal security precautions

Exercise a high degree of caution

Avoid non-essential travel

Avoid all travel

The Canadian Government has recently updated their advisory boards with 21 countries in total on the “Avoid non-essential travel” and “Avoid all travel” lists. 

 

The 21 Countries The Canadian Government Doesn't Want You To Visit:

Avoid All Travel List

“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.”

Venezuela

Venezuela – Unstable political and economical conditions, violent crime, lack of basic necessities like medication, food, gas and water.

Central African Republic – Violent crime and unstable security conditions

Burundi – Civil unrest, armed violence and political tensions

Mali – Increase in banditry and threat of terrorism 

Somalia – Extremely high threat of domestic terrorism 

Afganistan – Extremely high crime rate, risk of kidnapping, terrorism, and instability

Yemen – Deteriorated security and severe safety risk to foreigners  

Libya – High crime, high risk of terrorism, armed conflict, and an unpredictable political situation

Iraq – Extremely volatile, unpredictable and dangerous security situation

South Sudan – Inter-ethnic violence, high levels of violent crime, armed conflict 

Syria – Ongoing advisory since 2011. Extremely dangerous and unstable, with limited access to leave once in the country

North Korea – Highly oppressive regime and nuclear weapons development

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.”

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Nigeria

Pakistan – Elevated risk of kidnapping, violence and terrorism 

Burkina Faso – State of emergency declared for certain areas due to risk of kidnapping and threat of terrorism

Democratic Republic of Congo – Political instability and armed militia 

Nigeria – Risk of armed attacks, violence, clashes between communities, kidnapping and an unstable political climate 

Chad – Heightened threat of terrorism and violence

Egypt – Unpredictable security situation, terrorist activity and military operations. (Advisory does not include some tourist areas)

Eritrea – Ongoing instability with neighbouring countries

Niger – Elevated risk of terrorism and kidnapping

Mauritania – Elevated risk of terrorism and kidnapping

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.”

A high degree of caution can be issued for many reasons, and they might not all be crime related. Sometimes the risk level is set higher because of volcanic activity, seismic activity, or risk of other natural disasters.

In most cases, a high degree of caution is issued because of: crime, terrorism, gang violence, petty theft, unstable political situations, areas of civil unrest, social conflicts, strikes, drug trafficking, and other safety issues.

In the case of Netherlands and the United Kingdom being on this list, it’s because of the recent elevation of the threat of terrorism.

If you are thinking of visiting any of the countries on the ‘High Degree of Caution’ list, do your own homework into the area you will be staying in. Many times the tourist areas are completely shielded from the issues stated in the travel advisory, but each case is unique.

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Thailand

Algeria

Angola

Armenia

Azerbaijan

Bahamas

Bahrain

Bangladesh

Belgium

Belize

Benin

Bolivia

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Brazil

Cabo Verde

Cambodia

Cameroon

China

Republic of Congo

Costa Rica

Cote d’Ivoire

Djibouti

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

El Salvador

Equatorial Guinea

Ethiopia

France

Gabon

Gambia

Ghana

Guatemala

Guinea-Bissau

Guyana

Haiti

Honduras

India

Indonesia

Iran

Israel

Jamaica

Jordan

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Kuwait

Kyrgyzstan

Laos

Lebanon

Lesotho

Liberia

Madagascar

Malawi

Malaysia

Maldives

Mexico

Morocco

Mozambique

Myanmar

Namibia

Nepal

Netherlands

Nicaragua

Oman

Papua New Guinea

Paraguay

Peru

Philippines

Reunion

Russia

Rwanda

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Sierra Leone

South Africa

Sri Lanka

Sudan

Suriname

Tajikistan

Tanzania

Thailand

Timor-Leste

Togo

Trinidad and Tobago

Tunisia

Turkey

Turkmenistan

Uganda

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

Uzbekistan

Vietnam

Zambia

Zimbabwe

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.”

The Canadian Government gives the green light for visiting these countries:

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Bhutan

Albania

American Samoa

Andorra

Anguilla

Antartica

Antigua and Barbuda

Argentina

Aruba

Australia

Austria

Azores

Barbados

Belarus

Bermuda

Bhutan

Bonaire

Botswana

British Virgin Islands

Brunei

Bulgaria

Canary Islands

Cayman Islands

Chile

Cook Islands

Croatia

Cuba

Curacao

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Dominica

Estonia

Eswatini

Falkland Islands

Fiji

Finland

French Guiana

French Polynesia

Georgia

Germany

Gibraltar

Greece

Greenland

Grenada

Guadeloupe

Guam

Hong Kong

Hungary

Iceland

Ireland

Italy

Japan

Kiribati

South Korea

Kosovo

Latvia

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Macao

Macedonia

Malta

Marshall Islands

Martinique

Mauritius

Mayotte

Micronesia

Moldova

Monaco

Mongolia

Montenegro

Montserrat

Nauru

New Caledonia

New Zealand

Niue

Northern Marianas

Norway

Palau

Panama

Poland

Portugal

Puerto Rico

Qatar

Romania

Saint-Barthelemy

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Lucia

Saint Martin

Saint Vincent & the Grenadines

Samoa

San Marino

Sao Tome and Principe

Serbia

Seychelles

Singapore

Sint Maarten

Slovakia

Slovenia

Solomon Islands

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

Taiwan

Tokelau

Tonga

Turks and Caicos Islands

Tuvalu

United States

Uruguay

Vanuatu

Virgin Islands

Of course, crime and natural disasters can happen to anyone, in any country, despite being regarded as a safe place to travel. Use your head and always keep a sense of caution while travelling to any place, especially for the first time.

All information was taken directly from the Canadian Government's ‘Travel Advice and Advisory” board, which  you should visit if you need more info on any particular country or region.


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