Caribbean visitors take note

The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) has issued several warnings and advisories to Canadians travelling in the Caribbean. While none of the scenarios described pose a serious threat to the cautious and prepared traveller, the advisories are worth noting:

Cuba: Be careful when you take a cab. Travellers are advised to use only taxis that are operating with a valid government licence. A Canadian was robbed and killed in April, 1998 using a cheaper unlicensed taxi. Another tip: don’t share any taxi with strangers.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Incidents of petty crime have increased lately here, with muggings of tourists reported near tourism facilities. Pay careful attention to the security of your personal valuables at all times, and avoid unpopulated areas and unpatrolled beaches. Ask at your hotel for a list of the safest beaches.

With the early spring travel season about to heat up, DFAIT also issues a timely reminder for travellers everywhere: Carry your Canadian passport with you for all visits outside of Canada including to the Caribbean, Mexico, and the United States of America. It is simply your best form of identication.