Travelling to Canada: Coronavirus Updates
FEB 9, 2021
(Last Update: 22/09/20) Has your travel plans been affected by the pandemic? Unsure if you can apply for a Canadian visa or submit your permanent residency application? What is the protocol when traveling to Canada during the pandemic? Get your answers here! The Government of Canada remains committed to protecting the health and safety of Canadians and reducing the spread of COVID-19 in Canada. For this reason, international travel to Canada is still banned for most foreign nationals and the Canada US-border closure has been extended.
When Will Canada’s Borders Open?Canada’s borders are open to those who need to enter for essential purposes such as international students and workers with the necessary documents (i.e. valid visas). The borders remain closed for international tourists until at least September 30th. The Government of Canada also extended the US-Canada travel ban until at least October 21 due to the high number of COVID-19 cases in the US. There is no guarantee that the closure will be lifted after this date, as it is negotiated on a monthly basis after risk assessments.
Who can enter Canada?The following groups can enter Canada for essential purposes:
- Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
- Immediate family members of citizens and permanent residents planning to stay for more than 15 days. If family members plan to stay for less than 15 days they must prove that their visit is non-optional.
- Temporary workers who hold a valid work permit or who are approved for a work permit but have not yet been issued the work permit.
- International students who hold a valid study permit, or who had been approved for a study permit when the travel restrictions took effect on March 18, 2020.
- IEC participants outside of Canada must have a valid job offer from an employer to enter Canada at this time.
- Confirmation Of Permanent Residency (COPR) - holders (issued on or before March 18, 2020) from countries other than the US may travel to Canada.
- Confirmation Of Permanent Residency (COPR) - holders from the US may travel to Canada.
Who cannot enter Canada?You cannot currently enter Canada whether by land, sea, or air for non-essential reasons. These reasons include:
- pleasure fishing