Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

April 29, 2009 21:13 ET

Statement by Minister of State Kent on Human Swine Influenza in Mexico

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 29, 2009) - The Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas), today issued the following statement on the issue of human swine influenza in Mexico:

"Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, including the Canadian Embassy in Mexico, is working diligently to keep Canadians apprised of developments on human swine influenza. I wish to reassure Canadians that our embassy and consular offices in Mexico continue to provide full emergency consular and passport services to Canadians.

"It is important to remind Canadians that Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada advises against non-essential travel to Mexico. However, Canadians considering travel there should consult the department's Travel Report for Mexico and its Global Issues website on human swine influenza. These websites include links to the Travel Health Warning issued by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

"I encourage Canadians in Mexico to register with the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada registration service. This service enables Canadian government offices abroad to provide Canadians in their region with important information."

Canadians in Mexico seeking more information should contact the nearest Canadian government office. They may also contact Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada's Emergency Operations Centre by calling collect to 613-996-8885, or by sending an email to sos@international.gc.ca.

For more information, please consult the following Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Consular Service websites:

Travel Report on Mexico
www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/report_rapport-eng.asp?id=184000

Global Issues-Human Swine Influenza
www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/issues_enjeux/article-eng.asp?id=1083

Registration of Canadians Abroad
www.voyage2.gc.ca/OLRPUBLICDFAIT/olrportal.aspx?Page=Start&LanguageCode=4105

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of State
    of Foreign Affairs (Americas)
    Eleanor Johnston, Senior Special Assistant (Communications)
    613-947-8981
    or
    Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
    Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
    613-995-1874
    www.international.gc.ca/index.aspx