Canada’s list of risky travel spots

Travelling to Iraq or Afghanistan may be obvious places to avoid for many Canadian globetrotters because…


Of the high risk of terrorism, violent crimes and kidnappings in the region. But then there are the not-so-obvious tourist hot spots like England, France and Thailand that come with travel cautions.  Although these countries are popular destinations for backpackers, the Canadian government said travelers should “exercise a high degree of caution” when heading there because of the ongoing threat of terrorism. These are just a few of the countries Global Affairs Canada has ranked based on a high, medium or low amount of risk. Here is a list of some of the places to avoid or exercise caution when travelling.


Countries Canada recommends travelers skip altogether and are labelled as “avoid all travel category,” which is the highest warning the government gives. “There is an extreme risk to personal safety; Canadians should not travel at this time.”

The countries include:

  • Iraq
  • North Korea
  • Puerto Rico
  • Virgin Islands
  • Dominica
  • Saint Martin
  • Somalia
  • Syria
  • Afghanistan
  • Chad

Some of the nations on the list, like Somalia, do not have a Canadian embassy, meaning if you’re thinking of heading there, it’s very difficult for the federal government to help you. Others, like North Korea, have been labelled high risk due to the country’s nuclear weapons program and highly repressive regime. Areas ravaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, such as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, are also on the list because of the extensive damage from the storm and the risk of contracting the Zika virus.

And then there are the countries the federal government asks tourists to “exercise a high degree of caution” when travelling in.

These include:

  • China
  • Bahamas
  • Dominican Republic
  • Brazil
  • England
  • France
  • Belgium
  • Mexico
  • Thailand
  • Iran
  • Haiti
  • Russia


Thailand’s ongoing political tensions, China’s isolated actions of violence and the high crime rates in the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas have put these countries on the medium risk list. Like the case of the missing Canadian woman and boyfriend found dead in Belize. There are threats of terrorism in Iran, Russia, Britain, France and Belgium.

Least-risky travel spots

The least-risky countries are categorized under the “exercise normal security precautions.”

Some of these countries include:

  • United States
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • Australia
  • Guam
  • Cuba

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