COVID-19: Your safety and security outside Canada
The Government of Canada continues to advise all Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel outside Canada.
We are working with airlines and foreign governments to facilitate access to commercial flights for Canadians who wish to return home.
Although we are doing all we can to support Canadians overseas, we recognize that many individuals may need to remain out of Canada for an indeterminate period.
If you must travel or are already outside Canada:
- Find out what commercial options, if any, remain available and return to Canada as soon as possible.
- Register with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service. Make sure your contact information is complete and up to date. This will allow consular officials to contact you, provide updates and confirm your situation.
- Regularly check your destination’s Travel Advice and Advisories.
- Monitor local media to stay informed of the situation.
- Follow the advice of local authorities, including public health advice and lockdown or shelter-in-place guidance.
- Take precautions against COVID-19. If you start to feel symptoms, self-isolate and monitor yourself closely. Avoid contact with anyone except health care professionals.
- Keep important documents in a safe, but easy to access, place.
- Make sure you have enough money, medication, food and water in case you need to extend your stay or are unable to leave your home or accommodations due to movement restrictions.
- Make sure you have a local SIM card and charger for your mobile phone.
- Make sure your passport is valid for at least another six months. If you need to renew it, call the closest Canadian office serving your location. If the office is closed, your call will be transferred to the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa. The centre operates 24/7 and may be reached directly at +1 613 996 8885 (call collect where available) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Check the Government of Canada’s Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Travel advice and follow the recommended health precautions.
- Check the World Health Organization’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for the public.
- Check with your travel insurance provider to know more about your policy as it relates to COVID-19. Find out if you are covered for medical treatment if you become infected with COVID-19 and for extended stays outside Canada. Find out more about travel insurance.
- Contact your family and friends as soon as you can, even if you have not been affected, and continue to update them on your situation until you return to Canada.
Help for Canadians outside Canada
In case of emergency, call the closest Government of Canada government office serving your location. If the office is closed, your call will be transferred to the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa. The centre operates 24/7 and may be reached directly at +1 613 996 8885 (call collect where available) or email@example.com.
Canadians outside the country who are directly impacted by COVID-19 are eligible to apply for the Emergency Loan Program for Canadians Abroad to facilitate their return to Canada and cover basic, essential needs while they work toward their return. Each application will be assessed according to the individual’s specific situation and needs.
Returning to Canada
Federal and provincial public health authorities have mandated that all travellers arriving in Canada must self-isolate for 14 days.
If you are arriving in Canada, check Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Travel advice.
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