The Government of Canada takes the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and endeavours to provide Canadian travellers the best possible advice so that they can take informed decisions.
The security situation along the coast of Gaza remains volatile. Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) advises against all travel to the Gaza Strip. See full travel report.
Minister Baird issued a statement on November 2, 2011 with the hope of dissuading Canadians from participating in a flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip. The Canadian government provides consular assistance within its mandate and its ability to do so.
The border around the Gaza Strip is under the control of Israeli and Egyptian authorities. Canadians who break the laws of another country are subject to the judicial system of that country. DFAIT can neither offer protection from the consequences of such actions nor override the decisions of local authorities.
The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller, and travellers are responsible for their own personal safety. It is strongly recommended that Canadians who choose to travel to the Gaza Strip register with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service (ROCA) prior to leaving.