Canada issues travel advisory for the Netherlands due to terrorism threat

Mar 18 2019, 4:10 pm

The Government of Canada has issued a travel advisory for the Netherlands.

According to the advisory, travellers should exercise a high degree of caution in the Netherlands due to the current elevated threat of terrorism.

On March 18, 2019, a shooting occurred in the tramway in Utrecht and resulted in several casualties. The gunman is still at large. The government’s website states that the situation is evolving, and advises those in Utrecht to take the following steps:

  • Remain indoors
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities
  • Monitor local media, including social media.

The Dutch authorities have set up a hotline at +31-0-88-269-000 for those in need.

Utrecht is a city located about 40 km outside of Amsterdam (approximately an hour drive or 20-minute train ride).

“The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad,” reads the advisory. “We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.”

All of Canada’s travel advisories are listed on the government’s website.