COVID-19: Your safety and security outside Canada

Risks of travelling outside Canada

Avoid all non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice. If you must travel outside Canada, follow our official travel advice to stay safe and secure. Staying in Canada will help to protect you, your family and those most at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 in our communities. Visit Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) for information for Canadians including the current situation, statistics, financial support and travel restrictions.

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If your travel is essential or you're already outside Canada

If you must travel or you're already outside Canada, risks, restrictions and disruptions could affect your travel plans.

Possible risks

How to reduce travel disruptions

At your destination

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Staying connected to Canada

Your health and travel during the pandemic

Before you travel

During your travel

If you are abroad and you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been diagnosed with COVID-19:

COVID-19 vaccines

If you are outside Canada and have questions regarding the availability and access to a COVID-19 vaccine, you should:

Canadian government offices abroad do not provide medical services (including vaccination) or cover medical expenses for Canadian citizens outside of Canada. 

Before you travel, check the entry/exit requirements section of the Travel Advice and Advisories for your destination to learn about entry restrictions and requirements, including travel restrictions and health requirements. Consider also your transit points, as transit rules are in place for many destinations.

If you are outside Canada and have been vaccinated for COVID-19, you still need to comply with any preventative measures and restrictions at your location.

If you are fully vaccinated and meet specific conditions, you may qualify for certain exemptions to quarantine and testing requirements. Check COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada for complete information, including what it means to be fully vaccinated and what the requirements are to qualify for the entry exemptions.

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Your mental health

If you are not able to return to Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may feel stressed, overwhelmed and anxious. You may be uncomfortable or distressed because you are in an unfamiliar environment away from home. You may have concerns about risks associated with the pandemic or about the challenges of managing day to day while under lockdown in a foreign country.

If you need psychological support while abroad, contact the local emergency services and go to the nearest hospital. The nearest Government of Canada office or the Emergency Watch and Response Centre can help you find them.

Risks to your mental health abroad

Be aware of the mental health risks arising from the current situation. Many factors can affect your mental well-being, including:

Recognize the symptoms

It is important to pay attention to changes in your mental health. For more information see Taking care of your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you believe your mental health is deteriorating, seek help and advice as soon as possible. Canada’s newly created Wellness Together Canada: Mental health and substance use support portal may help connect you with options for online support.

Keep in touch

Stay in contact with your family and friends in Canada through emails, letters, phone calls, video chats or social media. Tell them about your experiences and keep them up to date on your whereabouts and any changes to your travel plans.

Find out about local mental health services and how to find local medical facilities. The health care system and the attitude toward mental health in other countries can be very different than those in Canada. 

If you have a mental health condition

If you need help

The nearest Government of Canada office abroad or the  Emergency Watch and Response Centre  in Ottawa, which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, can:

Help for Canadians outside Canada

In case of emergency, call the closest Government of Canada 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 sos@international.gc.ca.

If you are outside the country and are directly impacted by COVID-19, you might be eligible to apply for the Emergency Loan Program for Canadians Abroad to help you return to Canada and to cover your short-term needs while you work toward returning.

Each application is assessed according to your specific situation and needs. 

Requirements for returning to Canada

People who travel to Canada, regardless of citizenship, will need to follow testing and quarantine requirements to keep Canadians safe, particularly given the new COVID-19 variants in Canada and around the world.

Check COVID-19: Travel, quarantine and borders for complete information on all requirements for travelling to Canada.

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