Hurricane season and COVID-19: Advice for Canadians abroad

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OTTAWA, Canada – The Caribbean’s hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. Global Affairs Canada takes this opportunity to remind Canadians that the official advisory to avoid non-essential travel outside Canada is still in effect.

While a large number of Canadians who were travelling outside Canada have now returned home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some may have to remain abroad. Canadians abroad should be mindful of severe weather conditions, including hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones and monsoons, that could have a serious impact on their safety.

If you are currently abroad, or if you must travel despite the advisory, it is important to check our Travel Advice and Advisories to know if the region where you are located is prone to hurricanes. The most threatened areas are the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and the east and Gulf coasts of the United States.

If you have to remain in a hurricane-prone destination during hurricane season, the following advice could be especially helpful:

Global Affairs Canada continues to provide 24/7 consular support to Canadians abroad through its offices abroad and the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa. Canadians who need consular assistance can contact the nearest Government of Canada office or the Emergency Watch and Response Centre by calling 1 613 996 8885 (call collect where available).

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