Precautions: Drugs & Travel
from: Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (http://www.travel.gc.ca)
Each year, many Canadians travel to foreign
countries where illegal drugs are readily available and openly used,
but remain illegal. Being Canadian does not exempt you from local laws
regarding illegal drugs.
Don't be tempted to smuggle drugs to earn
fast, easy cash. Any deal that sounds too good to be true is too good
to be true. Chances are it won't work. If you're caught with drugs in a
foreign country, you'll end up paying a stiff fine, spending time in
jail or possibly even facing the death penalty. It's not worth it!
Learn firsthand about the experiences of some Canadians who have been
arrested for drug-related offences abroad in True
To avoid dangerous drug-related situations,
some countries, drugs and medical supplies that are legal and readily
available in Canada will be considered illegal, require a prescription,
or arouse the suspicions of local officials and customs and immigration
authorities. Consult the Medical
Matters section for information on precautions to take when
travelling with medical supplies.
- Choose your travelling companions
wisely. Drug traffickers commonly prey on unsuspecting tourists,
especially women, younger travellers and seniors. Do not pick up
hitchhikers, and never cross an international border with someone you
don't know and trust. As the driver of a vehicle, you could be held
responsible for your passengers' misdeeds, even if you knew nothing
- Keep your guard up and your luggage
locked. Never leave a bag unattended, even for a moment. Refuse to
carry anything for anybody across a border or through customs. Never
carry a gift, package or luggage for anyone unless you are absolutely
sure of its contents.
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