Canada withdraws Canadian embassy staff’s dependants and non-essential personnel from Ethiopia


Essential staff continues to support Canadians in Ethiopia

November 7, 2021 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Global Affairs Canada today issued the following statement:

“The situation in Ethiopia is rapidly evolving and deteriorating. The safety of Canadians is our highest priority and, as a result, the decision was made to withdraw all the family members of Canadian embassy staff as well as non-essential Canadian employees from Ethiopia.

“We encourage all Canadians in Ethiopia to check our Travel Advice and Advisories often and to register to the Registration of Canadians Abroad.

“Our embassy in Addis Ababa remains open, and our consular officials stand ready to help Canadians in need of emergency assistance. They can be reached at +251 11 317 0000 or by e-mail at

“Canadians can also contact Global Affairs Canada’s Emergency Watch and Response Centre 24/7 at:

“Canada stands with all the people of Ethiopia. Documented violations and abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law are deeply concerning. Canada calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities and an end to indiscriminate attacks on civilians and humanitarian personnel in northern Ethiopia. Humanitarian access must be guaranteed.”


Syrine Khoury
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Media Relations Office
Global Affairs Canada
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