Canadian Stuck Outside of Canada

March 18, 2020

I have received a list of points we can provide our constituents who may be stuck abroad – for example, in Peru we have Canadians stuck in military lockdown.

The following is the response I received this afternoon from Global Affairs:


  • To all Canadians experiencing difficult times abroad, we understand the situation, we are with you and we are doing everything we can to help. We are now dealing with an historic and unprecedented situation.
  • We 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, we strongly recommend that you follow the advice of local authorities for your health and safety.
  • We have also 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 [email protected].
  • Please note that at this time, there are no other plans to repatriate Canadians abroad using charter flights.
  • We continue to encourage Canadians outside of the country to register in the Registry of Canadians Abroad to receive important updates ( and that they check the entry and exit requirements of the countries through which they may be transiting.


We will share more information as it becomes available.