Here’s where the Canadian travellers are — worldwide — amid the global pandemic

Canadian travellers around the world were caught off guard when Canada closed its border last month in light of the escalating threats of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Many were left scrambling to get back to the country as airlines rapidly reduced international flights.

More than a million Canadian citizens and permanent residents heeded Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s call and returned home by air and land in the first week of the border closure.

Since then, a series of repatriation flights have been arranged with the help of the federal government, which has negotiated with airlines and foreign diplomats for exemptions to travel restrictions.

As of Wednesday, Global Affairs Canada said there were 391,451 travellers on its Canadians Abroad Registry.

For a glimpse of the spread of Canadian travellers worldwide, take a look at these numbers, showing the distribution across the continents — at least as of March 30. Not all of these Canadians have requested help to come home; and not all Canadians abroad are registered.

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Nicholas Keung

TORONTO STAR