OTTAWA — Until further notice, Global Affairs Canada now advises against all non-essential travel outside Canada because “new restrictions may be imposed with little warning” as countries try to limit the spread of COVID-19.
In a statement issued today, the federal department also says that individuals already outside Canada should mull returning ahead of schedule after checking what commercial flights are still available.
“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.”
Would-be travellers still in Canada are warned their “travel plans may be severely disrupted and you may be forced to remain outside of Canada longer than expected” should they go through with their trips. Those affected are advised to contact their airline or tour agent about postponing or cancelling.
The new advisory “overrides all other risk levels,” according to Global Affairs, except for those dangerous areas of the world Canadians are already told to avoid.