Official Government Information on Travel Advisories
Avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada and avoid all cruise ship travel until further notice.
As foreign governments implement strict travel restrictions and as fewer international transportation options are available, you may have difficulty returning to Canada or may have to remain abroad for an indeterminate period.
If you choose to travel despite these advisories, be aware that commercial airspace closures and movement restrictions can occur without warning and could prevent your return to Canada. The Government of Canada is not planning additional facilitated flights to bring Canadians home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you are outside of Canada:
- you may have difficulty obtaining essential products and services
- you may face strict movement restrictions and quarantines
- your insurance may not cover your travel or medical expenses
- we may have limited capacity to offer you consular services.
If you are currently outside Canada or you are returning home, see COVID-19 safety and security advice for Canadians abroad.
If you need financial help to return to Canada, see COVID-19: Financial help for Canadians outside Canada.
Canadians can enter Europe From July 1
On Tuesday, Canada was listed among 14 countries whose travellers will be allowed to enter Europe starting July 1.
The ease in travel restrictions applies to countries such as Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea. The United States, however, joined other large countries like Brazil, Russia and India that didn’t make the cut due to a large number of COVID-19 infections
Despite there being a strict advisory to “avoid all non-essential travel” outside of the country, Canadians are essentially allowed to come and go as they wish.
However, all travellers will have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon return.
According to a press release issued by the EU on Tuesday, the decision to ease travel restrictions only comes as a recommendation, and is “not a legally binding instrument.”
This means that member states still get the final say on their own travel restrictions, but the 31 European countries have all agreed to begin lifting said restrictions starting Wednesday.
Similar to the travel rules in each European country, public health and treatment for the coronavirus will differ.
According to Canada’s travel and COVID-19 guideline, Canadians should avoid contact with others and follow local public health information on how to seek help should they contract the disease.
Canada’s guideline also recommends checking with insurance providers or making sure that you would be covered medically in the event you need treatment outside the country.
Canadians with coronavirus symptoms can still return to Canada by land, rail or sea but cannot fly back via air.
Canadians are also urged to contact Canada’s local consular office in the event they need help abroad.
Canada on Tuesday also extended its ban on all non-essential international travellers who aren’t Canadian citizens, permanent residents or U.S. residents.
“To protect Canadians and to ease the potential burden non-essential travellers could place on our health care system and its frontline workers, the CBSA has implemented travel restrictions across all ports of entry in all modes of transportation – land, sea, air and rail. All travel of an optional or discretionary nature, including tourism and recreation, is covered by these measures,” read a statement from a Canadian Border Services Agency spokesperson.
“This order is an extension of the previous order and is in effect for ALL foreign nationals. There is no separate provision for EU travellers.”