Travel Warning from Ottawa: Hurricane Sandy

OFFICIAL WARNING: Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada advises against non-essential travel to the coastal areas of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, New York and New Jersey. This includes New York City and Washington, D.C.

Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the U.S. northeast coast on October 29, 2012, causing extensive damage and severe flooding in some areas. Road, air and rail transportation could be impacted over the next few days. Other services that may be affected include emergency and medical care, as well as water and food supplies. Canadians travelling to or from these states should contact their airline or tour operator to check the status of their flight. Canadians already in these areas should exercise caution, monitor local news and weather reports, and follow the advice of local authorities. Canadians seeking emergency consular assistance in the area should contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.

OFFICIAL REGISTRATION RECOMMENDATION: We offer a registration service for all Canadians travelling or living abroad. This service is provided so that we can contact and assist you in an emergency abroad, such as a natural disaster or civil unrest, or inform you of a family emergency at home. Registration can be done on-line or by contacting a Canadian government office abroad. For more information, see our FAQs on Registration of Canadians Abroad.