Locals Abroad & Returning to Canada

Locals Abroad

Please be advised that the federal government has advised all Canadians to return to Canada. View the Travel Advisory here: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories

IMPORTANT: If you are currently abroad (or intend to remain abroad), please register with the Government of Canada’s Canadians Abroad program: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/registration

While abroad:

  • Avoid spending time in large crowds or crowded areas.
  • Avoid contact with sick people, especially if they have fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.
  • Be aware of the local situation and follow local public health advice.
  • Wash your hands often, practise proper cough and sneeze etiquette, and monitor your health.

The federal government has partnered with Canadian airlines to organize repatriate and rescue flights for Canadians and Permanent Residents across the globe. Canadians and Permanent Residents registered with the Canadians Abroad program will receive details on repatriate flights, incl. flight cost and options.

The Government of Canada has announced an Emergency Loan Program for Canadians Abroad. If you are a Canadian or Permanent Resident and currently abroad, the government will loan up to $5,000 to support you in getting on a repatriate flight home (and cover your basic needs). To apply or learn more, click here..

For more information on coronavirus as it relates to travel abroad, visit: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices/221

Returning to Canada

Travelling back to Canada:
  • If you feel sick during your flight to Canada or upon arrival, you must inform the flight attendant or a Canada Border Services Agent.
  • If you do not have symptoms but believe you were exposed to someone who was sick with COVID-19, report this information to a Canada Border Services Agent on arrival in Canada. This is required under the Quarantine Act. The Canada Border Services Agent will provide instructions for you to follow.
Once you arrive back in Canada:
  • You will be asked if you have a cough, difficulty breathing or fever.
  • If you have any of these symptoms, you will be given instructions on the next steps you are required to take.
  • If you do not have any of these symptoms, you will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days and monitor your health for fever, cough or difficulty breathing.
  • If you develop a fever, cough or difficulty breathing within 14 days of your return to Canada, continue to isolate yourself from others and refer to next steps as per Vancouver Coastal Health: http://www.vch.ca/about-us/news/vancouver-coastal-health-statement-on-coronavirus

For more information on how our community is able to support you during self-isolation, please visit our “Need Delivery / In Isolation?” resource list.


When returning from travel, it is assumed that you have been exposed to COVID-19.

It is imperative that you follow the public health authority’s direction and comply with isolation. This means:

  • Do not leave home unless absolutely necessary, such as to seek medical care.
  • Do not go to school, work, other public areas or use public transportation (e.g., buses, taxis).
  • Arrange to have groceries and supplies dropped off at your door to minimize contact.
  • Stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom from others in your home, if possible.
  • If you have to be in contact with others, keep at least 2 metres between yourself and the other person. Keep interactions brief and wear a mask.
  • Avoid contact with individuals with chronic conditions, compromised immune systems and older adults.
  • Avoid contact with pets if you live with other people that may also be touching the pet.

For additional details visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/covid-19-how-to-isolate-at-home.html