Global Affairs Canada advises against non-essential travel; recommends Canadians abroad return while options available

Simcoe County couple may 'weather the storm' in Portugal

Global Affairs Canada has urged Canadian abroad to return home while the opportunity still exists. It issued the following statement Saturday as more and more countries impose travel restrictions:

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. Airlines have cancelled flights. 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.

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

If you are still considering travelling:

If you are outside of Canada:

  • Find out what commercial options are still available to return to Canada. Consider returning to Canada earlier than planned if these options are becoming more limited.
  • Ensure that you have sufficient finances and necessities, including medication, in case your travels are disrupted.

Catching an early flight home may not be easy…or cheap. One Simcoe County couple vacationing in Europe with a planned return on March 31 says their airline quoted them $2000 to $2500 per person for a one-way ticket home. They paid $750 for round trip tickets when they left.

One of the options they’re considering is staying put and weathering the storm there, “Food is cheap, rent is cheap and we are keeping to ourselves.”

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