About a year after Canada went into lockdown, border measures have become more stringent. However, more people are now exempt.
Canada has extended stringent travel restrictions until March 21 for US travelers. The restrictions are up to April 21 for travelers from any other country.
Since travel restrictions were extended in January, Canada has established more tightened measures. International flights are now accepted at four Canadian airports. These airlines are suspending flights to the Caribbean and Mexico. Incoming air travelers should take a COVID-19 test on arrival and wait for the results. While waiting, they need to stay in a government-approved hotel.
Travelers crossing the Canada-U.S. land border have to share a negative COVID-19 test on arrival. It is important to take the test within 72 hours before crossing the country’s border.
There is an extension to the quarantine requirements up to April 21. All those who are traveling to Canada need to quarantine for 14 days. Only essential travelers can go without following quarantine measures or taking the test. These include emergency service providers, truck drivers, and those crossing the border for work.
Who Is Exempt From The Travel Restrictions?
Those exempted from travel restrictions are as follows:
1. Permanent residents and Canadian citizens, including dual citizens.
2. Those approved for Canadian permanent residence.
3. Some temporary foreign workers.
4. Certain foreign students.
5. Protected people.
6. Immediate and extended family members of Canadians.
7. People arriving in Canada for humane reasons.
The federal government permits people to come to Canada for humane reasons. These include:
1. To be present during the final moments of loved ones.
2. To care for the ill.
3. To offer medical support to those who need it.
4. To attend an end-of-life ceremony or a funeral.
Before flying to Canada, such travelers can apply. This will help them get a limited release from quarantine before the completion of 14 days. Other exemptions to the 14-day quarantine requirements are:
1. Those invited by the health minister to help with COVID-19 response.
2. Other healthcare workers.
3. Crew members
4. Members of visiting forces, coming to join work
5. People seeking medical services within 36 hours of their arrival
6. Crossing the border in a trans-border community.
7. Those coming to Canada on a “vessel” for research, as long as they stay on the vessel.
8. Other cases mentioned in the updated Order in Council.
In all these cases, border services officers make the final call about who can enter Canada.
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