Understanding Travel Advisories: The Four Risk Levels

December 01, 2015

Issued by a government agency or organization, travel advisories are put in place to inform travellers about certain concerns regarding a country. When booking a flight or starting to plan a trip to another country, destination, or region, it is important that you check out the travel advisory issued by your government or by the United Nations. Your UNIGLOBE Travel Consultant is here to help.

Travel advisories are usually given when there are security issues, calamities, civil war, unstable government, and/or health concerns in a country. Be aware that these issues might affect your travel insurance policies too. Although you can travel to a country knowing that there are travel advisories against doing so, understanding the risks you are taking will make you be more mindful of the dangers of visiting that particular area.

In Canada, the government issues travel advisories regularly and are classified into four risk levels, namely:

Exercise Normal Precautions. Although there are no significant concerns, travellers must still be careful, and heed the usual cautionary measures when travelling in general.

Exercise a high degree of caution. The country has verified security concerns, and travellers must be more cautious and aware of their surroundings in that particular country.

Avoid non essential travel. You might want to change your plans if it is not important for you to travel in that country. Specific concerns have been identified and might put travellers at a greater risk.

Avoid all travel. You must not travel to a country identified as such, or you will be putting yourself in a dangerous situation if you insist on travelling to that destination.

Travelling should be enjoyable and safe, and travel advisories are meant to keep it that way. To check out advisories on different countries, visit http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories or consult your UNIGLOBE Travel Consultant.