COVID-19: Financial help if you are outside Canada

You alone are responsible for your travel decisions. You should avoid non-essential travel outside Canada and avoid all cruise ship travel until further notice. If you are already outside Canada, think about returning as soon as possible.

Find out which of the fewer remaining commercial travel options are still available to you. Use your own financial means to arrange your return to Canada. If you have no available source of funds to return home, Canada has established the COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program for Canadians Abroad.

If you:

you can apply for an emergency repayable loan to cover your basic essential needs while you work towards your return.

Each application is assessed according to the applicant’s specific situation and needs.

This emergency assistance is a repayable loan.

How to apply

Eligible Canadians outside Canada who need financial assistance can contact the nearest Government of Canada office or Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at +1 613-996-8885 (call collect where available) or CAN.finances.CV19@international.gc.ca.

For all other consular emergencies, contact the nearest Government of Canada office or Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at +1 613-996-8885 (call collect where available) or email sos@international.gc.ca.

How to repay the loan

If you have received a COVID-19 emergency loan, we will soon be sending an invoice and instructions on how to repay it to the email address you indicated on your Emergency Loan Application Web Form. This loan must be paid back to Global Affairs Canada. If you do not pay it in full within 180 days after receiving the invoice, we will notify the Canada Revenue Agency of your remaining debt to the Government of Canada.

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