Canada Offers Consular Advice to Canadians Regarding Tunisia

(No. 25 - January 14, 2011 - 8:50 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today expressed regret over the deteriorating situation in Tunisia while welcoming news that elections will be held in the near future.

"Canada regrets the loss of life in the last month of violence in Tunisia and extends its sincere sympathies to the families of the victims," said Minister Cannon. "Canada welcomes news that free elections will be held in the near future, which will give all Tunisians a voice in building a new government committed to democracy, human rights and the rule of law."

Canadians are advised to avoid non-essential travel to Tunisia due to a deteriorating security situation in many parts of the country. They are strongly advised to exercise caution, and to avoid public gatherings and all demonstrations, as they may become violent without warning.

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada encourages Canadians travelling to or residing in Tunisia to regularly consult the Travel Report for Tunisia for updated information and to register with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service in order to receive the latest advice from the local Canadian embassy.

Canadian citizens in Tunisia requiring emergency consular assistance should contact the Canadian embassy in Tunis at 216-71-104-000, or call Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada's Emergency Operations Centre collect at 613-996-8885. An email can also be sent to sos@international.gc.ca.

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada is closely monitoring the security situation in Tunisia.

It is estimated that there are 1,000 Canadians currently in Tunisia. About 15,000 Canadian tourists travel to Tunisia every year.

For up-to-date information, consult Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada's Travel Report for Tunisia.

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For further information, media representatives may contact:

Lynn Meahan
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
613-995-1851

Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-995-1874
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