Risk Levels


Always be aware of your surroundings when in public places. You may also be denied entry to a country if you have previously used drugs, including cannabis after it becomes legal in Canada, that are considered to be illegal in that country. If you are in the region despite this advisory, follow the instructions of local authorities, stop at checkpoints, monitor local media and always travel with identification. If you reside in or are travelling to this region:

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Drug traffickers prey on tourists, especially women, younger travellers and seniors. The following simple precautions can help you avoid becoming an unintentional smuggler:. The import, possession and use of alcohol are strictly prohibited in some countries, such as Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Before travelling abroad, contact the embassy or consulate of the country you will be visiting in Canada to find out whether alcohol is permitted. You should follow the same safety rules for drinking and drug use abroad that you would at home. Use alcohol responsibly and do not use illegal drugs.

Be aware that drugs and alcohol may be mixed with other, sometimes poisonous, substances and you may not be buying what you expected. Never leave your drinks unattended and never accept drinks from strangers. Watch your drinks as they are being prepared and served. They may be laced with hypnotic drugs that could put you at risk of robbery or sexual assault. The alcohol available at your destination may be much stronger than you are used to.

Stay on national highways and paved roads. Commercial taxis are the most-used form of public transportation by foreigners within cities. Never share taxis with strangers. Taxi drivers may use threats to extort money from passengers.

Arrange to be met at airports, use hotel transportation or use official metered airport taxis. Exercise caution if using public transportation, including jeepneys, buses and the light rail system, as pickpocketing and armed robberies are frequent.

Provincial buses are often overcrowded and poorly maintained and have been involved in fatal accidents. Ferry accidents occur due to the overloading and poor maintenance of some vessels. Do not board vessels that appear overloaded or unseaworthy. We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

General information about foreign domestic airlines. Strong currents and undertow are common. Take posted warnings about swimming conditions seriously and familiarize yourself with the beach flagging system. Many beaches do not offer warnings of dangerous conditions or are not sufficiently supervised by lifeguards. Diving schools and rescue services may not adhere to Canadian standards.

Use only reputable dive companies. Verify with your dive company the location of the closest decompression chamber. Pirate attacks occur in coastal waters and, in some cases, farther out at sea. Mariners should take appropriate precautions. Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. We have obtained the information on this page from the Philippine authorities.

It can, however, change at any time. Verify this information with foreign diplomatic missions and consulates in Canada. Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival in the Philippines.

You must also present an onward or return ticket. Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest diplomatic mission for your destination. Canadians do not require a tourist or business visa for stays of up to 30 days. The visa issued by immigration officials upon your arrival in the Philippines takes precedence over any visa that you may have obtained from a Philippine embassy or consulate abroad.

If you are leaving the Philippines using a temporary passport that was issued inside the country, consult the Philippine Bureau of Immigration to obtain the required exit stamps. Not required for stays of up to 30 days Student visa: This process involves presenting oneself to a Bureau of Immigration office for biometrics capturing and the issuance of a Special Security Registration Number. If you have been in the country for six months or more, you must obtain an Emigration Clearance Certificate ECC , also known as Exit Clearance, at the Philippine Bureau of Immigration and pay applicable fees at least 72 hours before your expected departure.

This also applies to children born in the Philippines who are leaving the country for the first time on a foreign passport. Consult the Bureau of Immigration for more information. Upon departure from Mactan-Cebu International Airport in Cebu, international travellers are required to pay an airport user fee either in local currency or the equivalent in U. Airport user fees for domestic travellers vary. Special entry requirements are in place for unaccompanied children under the age of 15 who are seeking entry for a purpose other than meeting a parent.

For more information, contact the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines. Travellers entering the Philippines may be subject to a body temperature check. In some cases, travellers may be isolated and treated. Learn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever vaccines section.

Some of these vaccines include: You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health professional about which ones are right for you. All those travelling to regions with a risk of hepatitis A infection should get vaccinated. Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids. Travellers who may be exposed e. Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics.

Influenza flu is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Get the flu shot. Japanese encephalitis is a viral infection that can cause swelling of the brain. It is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Risk is low for most travellers. Vaccination should be considered for those who may be exposed to mosquito bites e.

Rabies is a deadly illness spread to humans through a bite, scratch or lick from an infected animal. Vaccination should be considered for travellers going to areas where rabies exists and who have a high risk of exposure e. Yellow fever is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito. Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection. Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.

In some areas in Southeast Asia, food and water can also carry diseases like cholera , hepatitis A , schistosomiasis and typhoid. Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in Southeast Asia. Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it! Cholera is a risk in parts of this country. Most travellers are at very low risk.

For protection of cholera. All travellers should practise safe food and water precautions. Travellers at higher risk should discuss with a health care professional the benefits of getting vaccinated. Schistosomiasis can be spread to humans through freshwater sources contaminated by blood flukes tiny worms. The eggs of the worms can cause stomach illnesses like diarrhea and cramps or urinary problems. Risk is generally low for most travellers. Avoid swimming in freshwater sources lakes, rivers, ponds.

There is no vaccine available for schistosomiasis. Typhoid is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Travellers visiting regions with a risk typhoid, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation should speak to a health care professional about vaccination. Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.

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