The Canadian government offers a helpful registration service for Canadians abroad. It’s called the Registration of Canadians Abroad (ROCA) service (I guess they don’t pay government employees to come up with catchy titles).
ROCA can be used in two ways: 1) to inform you of an emergency at home, and 2) to contact you with urgent information and advice in case of an emergency.
Practically, this means that the Canadian government can contact you if there’s a major issue at your destination, such as civil unrest, or an earthquake or other natural disaster.
You’ll need to provide:
- your name, date of birth and gender
- your passport number
- residency information in your destination country
- emergency contact information in Canada
- contact information when you’re out of Canada
- your departure and trip end dates
You must be a Canadian Citizen to register with ROCA. However, the government of Canada also registers Australian, Jamaican and Israeli citizens when they travel in some countries. Click here for details.
The ROCA program is offered by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.
Registration is confidential, and you can update information online once you’ve registered.
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