Canada has changed its border measures – officially allowing travelers to enter the country without requiring a negative PCR test. Although travel is now a little less stressful, that doesn’t mean you can just go to any country.
The Government of Canada has issued a number of travel advisories for many countries around the world.
While the public is currently urged to avoid Russia at all costs due to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, travelers should also avoid destinations such as Jamaica, South Africa and Jordan, for to name just a few.
With threats involving crime, fraud, terrorism, civil unrest – these are countries Canadians should avoid at all costs or exercise a high degree of caution when visiting.
The Government of Canada has issued a travel warning for South Africa, urging travelers to “exercise a high degree of caution”, due to a “significant level of serious crime”.
Tourists should be aware of the possibility of violent crime, including mugging, assault with a weapon, robbery and carjacking. Travelers should also beware of potential fraud and incidents involving fortified foods and beverages.
Although South Africa offers an array of stunning sights to see, it is best to do so with caution.
While Jamaica is a Caribbean destination that offers tourists so many things to do and places to see, it is best to exercise a great deal of caution. The government has issued a travel warning for Jamaica “due to the high level of violent crime”.
Travelers should also be careful about road safety as inland roads are considered dangerous as they can be quite narrow, winding and poorly lit at night. Tourists should also be careful with their food and drink and never leave them unattended as they may be high.
The government is urging Canadians to avoid traveling to Russia at all costs. Travelers should “avoid all travel to Russia due to the effects of the armed conflict with Ukraine”, the government said.
Canadian tourists currently in Russia are advised to depart immediately while commercial facilities are still available and limited flight options and restrictions on financial transactions may arise.
Travelers visiting Jordan should do so with “high caution due to the threat of terrorism, civil unrest and protests,” Canada said.
If you decide to visit, tourists should avoid all travel to certain areas of Jordan, including its border with Syria and Iraq, northeastern Jordan, and refugee camps.
The biggest threat when visiting this Middle Eastern country is terrorism. According to the Government of Canada, “transnational and domestic terrorist groups have demonstrated the ability to plan and implement attacks in Jordan”, stressing that such attacks could occur at any time.
Although Brazil is home to many tourist attractions, it is best to exercise a high degree of caution in this South American country “due to high crime rates and regular incidents of gang-related and other violence in the urban areas,” the Government of Canada said. .
Street crime, including pickpocketing, purse snatching and car theft, is quite common in Brazil, and of course tourists are the main target.
Although kidnappings are considered rare, they occur throughout the country, especially in major cities. Travelers should therefore be wary of their surroundings at all times.
Belarus has apparently found itself in the crossfire between the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine as the government urges Canadians to “avoid all travel” to this European destination.
The government said travelers should avoid Belarus “due to the risk of arbitrary application of local laws and the armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine”.
All Canadians currently in Belarus are urged to leave by commercial means and are warned that consular services in Belarus are “extremely limited”.
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