UPDATE: Travel Restrictions

Canada extends international travel ban until at least October 31: Canada has extended the emergency order banning the entry of most foreign nationals until at least October 31, 2020. The extension of the emergency order continues the same restrictions and exemptions as have been in place for the last several months. Please note, this ban covers all countries except the United States which has a separate travel ban in place until at least October 21.

Canada-U.S. border closure extended until at least October 21: The Canada-U.S. border will remain closed until at least October 21st, 2020. There is no guarantee that the closure will be lifted after this date, as it is negotiated on a monthly basis.

Who can and cannot enter Canada right now?

The vast majority of foreign nationals are barred from entering Canada at this time, but there are a number of exemptions to the travel ban. The following groups can cross the border into Canada whether by air or by land:

  • Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents;
  • immediate family members of Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents who are travelling to Canada for non-discretionary reasons;
  • immediate family members of temporary residents in Canada who receive written authorization from IRCC;
  • 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 (please note that flagpoling is not permitted at this time, refer below for more details);
  • IEC participants who have not yet activated their work permits must have a valid job offer in order to enter, this job offer does not need to be in an essential sector;
  • IEC participants who have already activated their work permits and were outside the country temporarily do not require a valid job offer in order to re-enter (anecdotal reports suggest airline staff and border officers may still deny entry without proof of a connection to Canada like employment, housing, or family);
  • 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, or who are coming from the United States, and who are entering for a non-discretionary purpose;
  • COPR-holders with a valid COPR who are residing in any country other than the United States and were approved for their COPR before 12pm EDT on March 18, 2020, and who are travelling to Canada to settle permanently;
  • COPR-holders with a valid COPR who are residing in the United States and were approved on any date (even after March 18, 2020) and who are travelling to Canada to settle permanently.

Mandatory Quarantine: Currently, anyone entering Canada will be forced to enter a mandatory 14-day quarantine. This quarantine is being enforced and those breaking quarantine may be subject to fines and jail time. Certain exemptions will be made for essential workers.

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