Travel Notices

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1. Area advisories from Government of Canada for: "Avoid all travel" and "Avoid non-essential travel":

 2. General information regarding travel to the USA:

a) Canadians travelling with a Canadian passport, including dual citizens who have citizenship from Canada and from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen, are exempt from the Executive Order issued March 6, 2017. Permanent Residents of Canada who are travelling with a passport from one of these six countries are eligible to apply for a visa and a waiver to the Executive Order from within Canada; those in possession of a valid visa may be granted entry.

b) If you are planning to travel to the United States and are travelling on a passport from Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan or Yemen, a Permanent Resident of Canada and travelling with a passport from one of these countries or a Canadian with Dual Citizenship with one of these countries please review the following information resources:  

3. Zika Virus:

Zika virus is transmitted by the bite of a certain species of mosquitoes (Aedes).  Sexual transmission occurs and can be passed from an infected pregnant mother to her baby or through blood transfusions.  Rare transmission might occur through direct unprotected contact with any body fluid that contains Zika virus. Rare transmission may also have occurred via monkey bites. ISOS_Zika_A3 Poster_V3.pdf



SPECIAL NOTICES & ADVISORIES: (updated July 20, 2018):


WARNING: Evacuation level lowered to WARNING; continue to defer non-essential travel

Level: Warning
Location: Haiti
Category: Civil unrest, Protest/Rally, Road disruption

We have lowered our evacuation level for Haiti to WARNING as tensions have eased and protests diminished after Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigned on 14 July in the face of widespread anti-government unrest. Normal commercial flight operations by international carriers into and out of the country have resumed. Several airlines had earlier suspended services to and from Toussaint Louverture International Airport (PAP), which serves the capital Port-au-Prince, due to concerns over the unrest and roadblocks restricting access to the facility; the blockades have since been cleared. Members should continue to defer non-essential travel to Haiti; those in the country should monitor developments closely and avoid all protests.


  • Continue to defer non-essential travel to Haiti. A full itinerary-specific briefing is necessary prior to essential travel, which should cater to the prevailing threats and for a potential shortage of basic supplies.
  • If in the country, continue to avoid all protests. There is a credible risk of incidental exposure to violence. Liaise with local contacts to stay abreast of any unrest in your area. In the event of encountering demonstrators, relocate to a secure location and stand fast. Once safe, establish communication and alert your organisation according to established protocols.
  • Reconfirm the status of routes prior to setting out. Do not attempt to cross any roadblocks erected by protesters, as this may prompt a hostile reaction.
  • Keep abreast of developments by monitoring our alerts on Haiti, and be prepared to adjust itineraries accordingly.


Ryukyu islands: Maintain flexible itineraries during passage of Tropical Storm Ampil

Level: Advisory
Location: Ryukyu islands - Japan
Category: Storm, Transport disruption

Members in the Ryukyu islands in the coming days should anticipate heavy rain and associated disruption during the passage of Tropical Storm Ampil. The weather system is predicted to make landfall on 21 July and is likely to disrupt flights at Naha Airport (OKA, Okinawa prefecture).


  • The intensity and trajectory of tropical storms can change abruptly. Monitor the Japanese Meteorological Agency website for up-to-date weather information. Be prepared to adjust itineraries at short notice.
  • We do not hold information on specific flights. Contact the relevant airport or carrier directly to confirm flight schedules. In the event of any cancellations, your travel agent will be able to assist with alternative arrangements.
  • Reconfirm the feasibility of overland journeys with the authorities and local contacts if planning to travel in the coming days in areas affected by the storm's passage; avoid surge-prone or flooded areas. Ensure that your vehicle is in good condition and appropriately equipped for the weather conditions.
  • Be aware that storm surges, flash floods and landslides are possible following heavy rain, especially in low-lying and coastal areas. Stay away from rivers and other bodies of water, which are susceptible to flooding. Secure boats and property. Anticipate further disruption to essential services, such as electricity supplies. Charge all communication devices and, where feasible, keep extra batteries for back-up.
  • Monitor our Japan alerts for further updates.


Cancun: Shooting attack highlights incidental risks from crime, need for vigilance

Level: Notice
Location: Cancun - Mexico
Category: Violent crime
Event Date: 18 Jul 2018

Members in Cancun (Quintana Roo state) are reminded of the need for vigilance after an attack on a vehicle travelling into the hotel zone at around 16.40 (local time) on 18 July. The driver was shot and injured by assailants on a motorcycle. The shooting highlights incidental risks to travellers of crime-related violence, even in and around the hotel zone.


  • Avoid unnecessary travel to non-resort or non-tourist areas of Cancun. Bars and nightspots in the city centre should be avoided due the risk of violence perpetrated by organised crime. Travellers should avoid the suburbs and peripheral districts of Cancun.
  • Members should maintain a heightened level of awareness at all times and in all places. Observe standard precautions, including keeping valuables concealed and maintaining a low profile.
  • Crime poses a significant risk in Mexico and criminals are often armed. If accosted, avoid doing anything to resist or antagonise your assailant.
  • The above advice is not exhaustive. Visit our Mexico pages and monitor our alerts for information on travel to the country.