Getting into any type of trouble while travelling overseas can be a distressing experience. Here's what you need to know about the Canadian Embassy and what they can and can't do to help.
The first place most travellers turn to if they have a problem is the local Canadian Embassy. But while they can and will give you guidance, their main aim is to help you help yourself. One major service embassy staff provides is replacing lost or stolen passports. They will help to contact relatives or friends back home to arrange a transfer if you have money trouble and if you happen to have any trouble with the law, they can provide you with a list of English speaking lawyers. But embassies do have limitations. They will not pay any travel costs, medical expenses or other bills, and won't help with any arrangements that can be handled by local organizations such as banks, lawyers and travel agents. Despite these limitations, it's still a good idea to keep contact details for the Canadian Embassy when you travel. Have a great trip.