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The summer travel season is ramping up but before you pack your bags for a European getaway or beach vacation, you'll want to make note of these travel advisories that are in effect.
The Government of Canada has issued travel advisories for a number of countries including some popular summer destinations. Concerns around violence, crime, protests and more mean that these spots could potentially pose risks to travellers.
The four risk levels are "exercise normal security precautions," "exercise a high degree of caution," "avoid non-essential travel," and "avoid all travel." Some countries may have numerous risk levels affecting different regions.
If a travel advisory has been issued for your destination, the choice to travel is still yours. However, the Government of Canada notes that their official travel advice "will ensure your personal safety and security."
Here are eight popular summer destinations where travel advisories are currently in effect for Canadians.

France

Risk Level: Exercise a high degree of caution

Why: If you've been dreaming of wandering through the streets of Paris while biting into a fluffy croissant, you might want to take these advisories into account before you pack your bags.

The Government of Canada has issued a travel advisory for France due to strikes and demonstrations, as well as an "elevated threat of terrorism" that could pose a risk to visitors' safety and security.

According to the Canadian government's website, the demonstrations and strikes over pension reform have been an ongoing issue across France since January 2023. They have affected transportation such as rail services and airports.

France is also experiencing vandalism, arson, and, at times, "violent clashes between demonstrators and police" which have led to the use of tear gas and water cannons.

If you're visiting France this summer, keep an eye on local news for updates on the situation. You should also be prepared to change your plans in case of disruptions and "expect enhanced security measures and an increased police presence."

More at Travel.gc.ca

Thailand

Risk Level: Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

Why: There are currently advisories in effect for Thailand and travellers should use caution when visiting this country. Tensions are high due to ongoing "political tensions and sporadic demonstrations."

Thailand is experiencing political instability which has led to "volatile and unpredictable security," particularly in places like Bangkok. Legal provisions may grant the military authority to exercise extensive powers such as censoring media, restricting movement, imposing curfews, and more.

Other things to be on the lookout for include crimes such as assaults and robberies. It's recommended to be particularly cautious in Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao, especially during Songkran and full moon parties. Break-ins at budget guesthouses are also a concern.

Many travellers fall victim to credit card and ATM fraud while visiting Thailand too, the feds warn. Be sure to cover your keypad when inputting your PIN and regularly check your statement for unusual charges.

While a high degree of caution is recommended for most of Thailand, it is advised that Canadians avoid all travel to the Southern provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani, Songkhla and Yala due to separatist insurgency causing what the federal government describes as an "unpredictable security situation."

The area has been subject to deadly attacks such as shootings, bombings and arson. Authorities have the ability to "detail suspects without charge" and "seize objects or documents."

More at Travel.gc.ca

Maldives

Risk Level: Exercise a high degree of caution

Why: For those planning on travelling to the Maldives this summer, be sure to check out the current travel advisories from the Government of Canada.

The feds cite a "threat of terrorism" and warn that attacks could occur at any time. Potential targets include airports and public places like hotels, coffee shops, and tourist attractions.

You'll also want to be on the lookout for demonstrations which could lead to disruptions or violence, as well as petty crime like pick-pocketing and purse-snatching. These types of crime often occur on the beach, the Canadian government warns.

Gang violence and fraud are other concerns, so be sure to protect your PIN number and use ATMs in well-lit public areas.

More at Travel.gc.ca

United Kingdom

Risk Level: Exercise a high degree of caution

Why: Before taking a trip to jolly-old England this summer, be sure to read up on the latest travel advisories in effect for the United Kingdom.

The Government of Canada is encouraging travellers to exercise a high degree of caution when visiting the U.K. due to terrorism and other safety concerns.

According to the Canadian government website, several European cities have experienced terrorist attacks and, in the U.K., some attacks have resulted in casualties.

While these incidents mainly happen in London, they could occur anywhere and suspects are likely to target airports and transportation hubs, government buildings, and public places like tourist attractions and hotels.

If travelling in the U.K., use extra caution when experiencing sporting events, religious holidays, public celebrations and major political events, such as elections.

Petty crime is a common occurrence and cellphone theft is likely to happen in certain areas of London, too. Be extra vigilant in places such as tourist attractions, including Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square, airports and public transportation, restaurants, pubs and bars, and hotel lobbies.

More at Travel.gc.ca

Mexico

Risk Level: Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

Why: If you're planning a beach vacay on the sandy shores of Mexico, take these recommendations into account before travelling. Currently, there are regional and national advisories in effect for Canadian travellers.

Crime, including violent crime, is one of the main concerns for visitors to Mexico. Clashes between drug cartels and other criminal groups have led to an increased presence of military, navy and federal police.

Mexico has one of the "highest kidnapping rates in the world" and is also the scene of armed robberies and assaults. Visitors are advised to avoid land border crossings and walking alone at night, and to stay in tourist areas.

Canadians should avoid all non-essential travel to certain areas including Chihuahua, Tamaulipas, and Zacatecas. A full list of places can be found on the website.

More at Travel.gc.ca

Costa Rica

Risk Level: Exercise a high degree of caution

Why: Petty crime is a frequent occurrence in Costa Rica, and visitors often find themselves targeted by such incidents. Passport theft is known to increase during the peak tourist seasons.

It's best to avoid wearing expensive jewelry, walking alone at night, and carrying unnecessary valuables. Some high-risk areas for theft include the Coca-Cola bus terminal area, the Mercado central areas, Jacó, Manuel Antonio national park, and Puerto Limón.

Other dangers to be on the lookout for include spiked food and drinks, unregulated alcohol, riptides at the beach, and deadly wildlife such as jaguars, pumas, wild pigs and poisonous snakes.

More at Travel.gc.ca

Germany

Risk Level: Exercise a high degree of caution

Why: There are several safety concerns to be aware of when travelling to Germany. Issues including violent and petty crime, cybercrime, and demonstrations are among those to keep in mind.

Terrorism is another threat to be mindful of. Attacks could occur in public places like tourist attractions, as well as government buildings and transportation hubs.

When in Germany, exercise additional caution in areas like major cities, transportation hubs, Christmas markets and tourist attractions which are hotspots for petty crime.

You should also avoid using unsecured public Wi-Fi networks and making purchases on unencrypted websites to protect yourself from cybercrime.

If you're planning on heading to the mountains, be sure to go with others and hire an experienced guide. You should also purchase travel insurance that includes helicopter rescue and medical evacuation.

More at Travel.gc.ca

Jamaica

Risk Level: Exercise a high degree of caution

Why: Before taking off for a beach vacay, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of the travel advisories in effect for Jamaica.

The government encourages Canadians to exercise a high degree of caution when visiting this country because of the high level of violent crime.

Incidents such as armed robbery and murder can occur in tourist areas and cities including parts of Kingston and Montego Bay. Many drug and gang-related crimes involve the use of firearms and there is a risk of getting caught in the crossfire.

Tourists are especially vulnerable to theft, so you'll want to be extra cautious with your valuables, passport and phone.

A state of emergency periodically comes into effect as a result of gang-related crime. If you're travelling in one of the affected areas, be sure to carry an ID at all times, monitor local news, and follow the instructions of authorities.

Romance and lottery scams are other issues to be on the lookout for while in Jamaica. Never send money to someone claiming you've won a prize and be cautious when meeting up with online acquaintances.

More at Travel.gc.ca

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Risk Level: Exercise a high degree of caution
Why: If you've been dreaming of wandering through the streets of Paris while biting into a fluffy croissant, you might want to take these advisories into account before you pack your bags.
The Government of Canada has issued a travel advisory for France due to strikes and demonstrations, as well as an "elevated threat of terrorism" that could pose a risk to visitors' safety and security.
According to the Canadian government's website, the demonstrations and strikes over pension reform have been an ongoing issue across France since January 2023. They have affected transportation such as rail services and airports.
France is also experiencing vandalism, arson, and, at times, "violent clashes between demonstrators and police" which have led to the use of tear gas and water cannons.
If you're visiting France this summer, keep an eye on local news for updates on the situation. You should also be prepared to change your plans in case of disruptions and "expect enhanced security measures and an increased police presence."
More at Travel.gc.ca
See on Instagram
Risk Level: Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)
Why: There are currently advisories in effect for Thailand and travellers should use caution when visiting this country. Tensions are high due to ongoing "political tensions and sporadic demonstrations."
Thailand is experiencing political instability which has led to "volatile and unpredictable security," particularly in places like Bangkok. Legal provisions may grant the military authority to exercise extensive powers such as censoring media, restricting movement, imposing curfews, and more.
Other things to be on the lookout for include crimes such as assaults and robberies. It's recommended to be particularly cautious in Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao, especially during Songkran and full moon parties. Break-ins at budget guesthouses are also a concern.
Many travellers fall victim to credit card and ATM fraud while visiting Thailand too, the feds warn. Be sure to cover your keypad when inputting your PIN and regularly check your statement for unusual charges.
While a high degree of caution is recommended for most of Thailand, it is advised that Canadians avoid all travel to the Southern provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani, Songkhla and Yala due to separatist insurgency causing what the federal government describes as an "unpredictable security situation."

The area has been subject to deadly attacks such as shootings, bombings and arson. Authorities have the ability to "detail suspects without charge" and "seize objects or documents."
More at Travel.gc.ca
See on Instagram
Risk Level: Exercise a high degree of caution
Why: For those planning on travelling to the Maldives this summer, be sure to check out the current travel advisories from the Government of Canada.
The feds cite a "threat of terrorism" and warn that attacks could occur at any time. Potential targets include airports and public places like hotels, coffee shops, and tourist attractions.
You'll also want to be on the lookout for demonstrations which could lead to disruptions or violence, as well as petty crime like pick-pocketing and purse-snatching. These types of crime often occur on the beach, the Canadian government warns.
Gang violence and fraud are other concerns, so be sure to protect your PIN number and use ATMs in well-lit public areas.
More at Travel.gc.ca
See on Instagram
Risk Level: Exercise a high degree of caution
Why: Before taking a trip to jolly-old England this summer, be sure to read up on the latest travel advisories in effect for the United Kingdom.
The Government of Canada is encouraging travellers to exercise a high degree of caution when visiting the U.K. due to terrorism and other safety concerns.
According to the Canadian government website, several European cities have experienced terrorist attacks and, in the U.K., some attacks have resulted in casualties.
While these incidents mainly happen in London, they could occur anywhere and suspects are likely to target airports and transportation hubs, government buildings, and public places like tourist attractions and hotels.
If travelling in the U.K., use extra caution when experiencing sporting events, religious holidays, public celebrations and major political events, such as elections.
Petty crime is a common occurrence and cellphone theft is likely to happen in certain areas of London, too. Be extra vigilant in places such as tourist attractions, including Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square, airports and public transportation, restaurants, pubs and bars, and hotel lobbies.
More at Travel.gc.ca
See on Instagram
Risk Level: Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)
Why: If you're planning a beach vacay on the sandy shores of Mexico, take these recommendations into account before travelling. Currently, there are regional and national advisories in effect for Canadian travellers.
Crime, including violent crime, is one of the main concerns for visitors to Mexico. Clashes between drug cartels and other criminal groups have led to an increased presence of military, navy and federal police.
Mexico has one of the "highest kidnapping rates in the world" and is also the scene of armed robberies and assaults. Visitors are advised to avoid land border crossings and walking alone at night, and to stay in tourist areas.
Canadians should avoid all non-essential travel to certain areas including Chihuahua, Tamaulipas, and Zacatecas. A full list of places can be found on the website.
More at Travel.gc.ca
See on Instagram
Risk Level: Exercise a high degree of caution
Why: Petty crime is a frequent occurrence in Costa Rica, and visitors often find themselves targeted by such incidents. Passport theft is known to increase during the peak tourist seasons.
It's best to avoid wearing expensive jewelry, walking alone at night, and carrying unnecessary valuables. Some high-risk areas for theft include the Coca-Cola bus terminal area, the Mercado central areas, Jacó, Manuel Antonio national park, and Puerto Limón.
Other dangers to be on the lookout for include spiked food and drinks, unregulated alcohol, riptides at the beach, and deadly wildlife such as jaguars, pumas, wild pigs and poisonous snakes.
More at Travel.gc.ca
See on Instagram
Risk Level: Exercise a high degree of caution
Why: There are several safety concerns to be aware of when travelling to Germany. Issues including violent and petty crime, cybercrime, and demonstrations are among those to keep in mind.
Terrorism is another threat to be mindful of. Attacks could occur in public places like tourist attractions, as well as government buildings and transportation hubs.
When in Germany, exercise additional caution in areas like major cities, transportation hubs, Christmas markets and tourist attractions which are hotspots for petty crime.
You should also avoid using unsecured public Wi-Fi networks and making purchases on unencrypted websites to protect yourself from cybercrime.
If you're planning on heading to the mountains, be sure to go with others and hire an experienced guide. You should also purchase travel insurance that includes helicopter rescue and medical evacuation.
More at Travel.gc.ca
See on Instagram
Risk Level: Exercise a high degree of caution
Why: Before taking off for a beach vacay, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of the travel advisories in effect for Jamaica.
The government encourages Canadians to exercise a high degree of caution when visiting this country because of the high level of violent crime.
Incidents such as armed robbery and murder can occur in tourist areas and cities including parts of Kingston and Montego Bay. Many drug and gang-related crimes involve the use of firearms and there is a risk of getting caught in the crossfire.
Tourists are especially vulnerable to theft, so you'll want to be extra cautious with your valuables, passport and phone.
A state of emergency periodically comes into effect as a result of gang-related crime. If you're travelling in one of the affected areas, be sure to carry an ID at all times, monitor local news, and follow the instructions of authorities.
Romance and lottery scams are other issues to be on the lookout for while in Jamaica. Never send money to someone claiming you've won a prize and be cautious when meeting up with online acquaintances.
More at Travel.gc.ca
A full list of advisories can be found on the federal government's website.
Before you get going, check out our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.
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