Advice for media workers
Media workers can include journalists, reporters, videographers and others who work for media organizations. The definition of a media worker can differ from one country to another. Some countries may not consider people who independently report on current affairs, such as bloggers, as media workers.
If you are a Canadian travelling outside Canada for media work, prepare in advance.
Before you travel
- Read our Travel Advice and Advisories for your destination. There may be advice relevant to media workers.
- Stay connected to Canada wherever you are through our smart travel tools. Subscribe to our daily Travel updates to receive email notifications of changes to our Travel Advice and Advisories.
- Sign up with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service so we can notify you in case of an emergency abroad or a personal emergency at home.
- Ensure you have the contact information for the Canadian government office abroad closest to your destination.
- Make sure you have appropriate travel insurance coverage.
Entry and exit requirements, visas, accreditations and permits, travel documents and more
- Make sure you carry all of the valid travel documents you may need at your destination, including your passport and any visas, permits and accreditations.
- Find out if you need official press credentials. You may have to register with local authorities or a local press organization before entering the country. If you violate local laws, you may be refused access to the country, deported or imprisoned - even if you have the proper entry visa.
- Find out if there are specific rules about importing and using electronics and security equipment.
- Cameras, computers, video equipment, protective vests, helmets, satellite phones or other equipment may be restricted or may require authorization.
- Find out if there are specific rules about photographing or filming people and places.
- You may need a permit to photograph or film people or facilities. You may be prohibited from photographing or filming certain areas or people.
- Some not-well-marked areas may be off limits for photography and videography. Check local rules to avoid complications. Your equipment could be confiscated, and you could be detained or arrested.
- We can’t obtain visas, accreditations or permits or intervene on your behalf if you do not meet the entry requirements of your destination country.
- Some countries may not allow media workers, including journalists, to enter on a tourist visa, even if they are not travelling in their professional capacity. More information about visas.
- If you are a dual citizen and plan to travel to your other country of citizenship, we may have limited capacity to offer you consular services. Additionally, you may need to use a passport issued by the government of your other country of citizenship. You will still need a valid Canadian passport to board your flight back to Canada. Make sure you carry both passports when you travel. For more information on dual citizenship, visit Travelling as a dual citizen.
Safety and security
- In some countries, writing on blogs or social media about political matters, particularly by dual-nationals, could be considered unacceptable political activity. You may be detained or arrested.
- The Government of Canada cannot guarantee the safety and security of Canadians outside Canada, including that of media workers.
- While in a foreign country, you are subject to local laws. We cannot ask local authorities to give you special treatment or to exempt you from the due process of local law.
- If you need assistance while you are outside Canada, contact the closest Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate or reach us at our Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.
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