Steer clear of these countries, for now

Politics continue to have a profound influence on travel. The arrest of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan, which sparked violent demonstrations around the world, has prompted Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) to issue a travel advisory for Turkey. DFAIT advises that Canadians should take precautions, including avoiding demonstrations, keeping informed of developments, and following the safety and security recommendations from Canadian missions. When you also consider the continued US/UK military operations against Iraq, the situation in the region could deteriorate rapidly without notice.

Yugoslavia is also on the danger list, with the continued troubles in Kosovo. DFAIT advises that in view of the uncertainty surrounding the negotiations, Canadians are advised to defer all travel to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY).

Mauritius can also spell trouble these days, as travellers are advised that the death of popular Mauritian singer “Kaya” (while in police custody) has sparked rioting and looting. And although it may not be a tourist hot spot, take note that Uzbekistan is particularly dangerous tse days. Two weeks ago, a number of car bombs rocked downtown Tashkent, with most of the explosions near government buildings. Travellers are advised to avoid large crowds and public areas and be especially cautious around government buildings.