December 15, 2011
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and the Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs), have announced that the government is mobilizing resources in Canada, in Syria and in the surrounding region to ensure that Canadians who want to leave Syria can do so quickly and while commercial options are still available.
The Canadian embassy in Damascus will help Canadians in Syria, their spouses and dependent children to obtain travel documents, such as passports and visas, in order to leave Syria as soon as possible. Efforts to expedite travel documents will continue until January 14, 2012.
Minister Baird and Minister of State Ablonczy also added that Canadians in Syria requiring consular assistance should contact the Canadian embassy in Damascus at 963 (11) 611-6692, 611-6851, or 611-6870, or place a collect call to Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s Emergency Operations Centre at 613-944-2471. They can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.