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Resources For Canadians Abroad

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Information For Canadians Abroad

News Release

March 16, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, is providing an update on the COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program for Canadians Abroad, as announced by the Prime Minister today.

In light of the multiple measures implemented by governments throughout the world to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Government of Canada advises Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice.

Many countries have put in place travel or border restrictions and other measures such as movement restrictions and quarantines. Airlines have cancelled flights. New restrictions may be imposed with little warning. Your travel plans may be severely disrupted.

The government is recommending that travellers find out what options are still available to return to Canada and consider returning as soon as possible. Canadians seeking to return now face reduced commercial travel options and may experience a sudden spike in prices.

Financial Assistance For Canadians Abroad

To help Canadians abroad return home, the Government of Canada is creating a special financial assistance program, the COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program for Canadians Abroad. With this program, Canadian abroad directly impacted by COVID-19 will have the option of applying for an emergency loan of up to $5,000 to help secure their timely return to Canada and to temporarily cover their life-sustaining needs while they work toward their return.

In addition, the Government of Canada will provide additional support to Canadians directly affected by COVID-19 and unable to immediately return home. This support will be provided through new partnerships with local and other organizations and will complement existing consular services.

For more information on this program, visit COVID-19: Financial help for Canadians outside Canada.

Eligible Canadians currently outside Canada who need financial assistance can contact Global Affairs via email at

Registration of Canadians Abroad

The Government of Canada encourages all Canadians abroad to register with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service to get the latest updates on the situation at their destination.

Official Global Travel Advisory

Avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice.

To limit the spread of COVID-19, many countries have put in place travel or border restrictions and other measures such as movement restrictions and quarantines. Many airlines are suspending flights. Many airports are closing, preventing flights from leaving. Exit bans are becoming more frequent. New restrictions may be imposed with little warning. Your travel plans may be severely disrupted and you may be forced to remain outside of Canada longer than expected. Canadian travellers should return to Canada as soon as possible.

Contact your airline or tour operator to determine options for cancelling or postponing your trip.

If you must travel despite the advisory:

  • You may have difficulty returning or may be unable to return to Canada
  • You may have difficulty obtaining essential products and services such as food, water, medication and medical services
  • You may face strict movement restrictions and quarantines
  • You may face penalties, fines, or imprisonment if you do not follow the restrictions and orders of local authorities
  • Your insurance may not cover your travel or medical expenses.
  • We may have limited capacity to offer you consular services

You should also:

  • Follow the instructions of local authorities
  • Monitor local media to stay informed of the situation and of the available transportation options to return to Canada
  • Regularly check your destination’s Travel Advice and Advisories and register with us for the latest updates
  • Get the Government of Canada’s latest updates on COVID-19
  • Check the Pandemic COVID-19 travel health notice
  • Ensure that you have sufficient finances and necessities, including medication, in case your travels are disrupted
  • Check with your travel insurance provider to know more about their policies related to COVID-19 and find out if you are covered for medical treatment if you become infected with COVID-19 as well as for extended stays outside of Canada (more about travel insurance)

This advisory overrides other risk levels on the Travel Advice and Advisories pages, with the exception of any risk levels where the advice is already for you to avoid all travel.

Avoid all cruise ship travel due to COVID-19.

For more information on Travel Advisories, click here

While our office is closed to the public, we are still working remotely. If you need any assistance or have any concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this difficult time.