Travel assistance provided by the DFA to Canadian citizens stranded in the Philippines

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Department of Tourism (DOT), and the Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel prepare the bus which will bring stranded Canadians from Baguio to Manila. (Photo by DFA)

Baguio City — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), through its personnel in various Consular Offices outside of Metro Manila, along with the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) provided travel assistance to Canadian citizens who have been stranded in the Philippines since the declaration of the enhanced community quarantine in the country, a measure of the government to address the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

The stranded Canadians travelled to designated provincial airports for feeder flights to Manila where they took commercial flights of Philippine Airlines to Toronto and Vancouver on April 14, 2020, as requested by the Canadian Embassy in Manila.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) personnel at the bus assists stranded Canadians from Olongapo. (Photo by DFA)

Additional commercial flights to Canada are expected to be arranged by the Canadian Government to accommodate the request of other Canadians who were not accommodated in the two initial flights from Manila.

DFA has provided similar humanitarian travel assistance to stranded European travellers in the Philippines who were likewise repatriated by their respective governments from Manila.

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