COVID 19 Travel Guidelines and Info
Please find below useful information re: travel issues related to COVID-19
As you know, we are currently facing an unprecedented global health crisis.
There is much uncertainty in the extent of what we are facing, and Canadians should not be penalized for taking every precaution to protect themselves and their families. As we continue to deal with the affects of this global pandemic, I recognize the devastating impacts it will have on the travel industry and the countless workers it employs.
I recommend that Canadians abroad return to Canada by commercial means while they are still available. However, some countries have put measures in place such as closing land borders and in some cases shutting down their airspace.
In some cases, such measures can go as far as the complete cancellation of flights for an indeterminate period of time. Such measures might prevent some Canadians from leaving the country in which they are located. If this is the case, I strongly recommend that you follow the advice of local authorities for your health and safety.
The Government of Canada has set up a loan program of up to $5,000 per person to assist Canadians who need to either book an emergency flight or extend their stay abroad. For more information, you can contact the 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at +1 613-996-8885 (collect calls are accepted where possible) or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that at this time, there are no other plans to repatriate Canadians abroad using charter flights. I continue to encourage Canadians outside of the country to register in the Registry of Canadians Abroad to receive important updates (https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/registration) and that they check the entry and exit requirements of the countries through which they may be transiting.
For more information please contact your carrier.
Air Canada: 1-888-247-2262
Porter Airlines: 1-888-619-8622
Air Transat: 1-877-872-6728