On March 18, the Canadian government implemented travel restrictions in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. The United States / Canada border was closed to non-essential travel late Friday, March 22. Canada has continued to extend the travel restrictions for non-essential workers to enter the country and the border closing has been extended through August 31, 2020.
According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), individuals who have travel exemptions to travel to Canada now include:
- Canadian citizens
- Permanent residents
- Registered under Canada’s Indian Act
- A protected person
- Some foreign nationals including:
- Some people who have been approved for Canadian permanent residence
- Some temporary foreign workers
- Some international students
- Immediate family member of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- Transiting passengers
- Members of the Canadian forces, visiting forces, Department of National Defence and their immediate family members
- Accredited diplomats and their immediate family members
- Other foreign nationals deemed essential to Canada's national interests
IRCC's website has a complete list of who is eligible to travel to Canada now.
Do You Need To Travel to Canada Now?
If you have essential business travel to Canada, have family members in Canada or plan to study in Canada during Fall 2020, you may be eligible to enter Canada before August 31. An experienced Canada immigration lawyer can assess your situation and give you the best advice and options on your ability to travel to Canada now.
If you have questions about your immigration application, your eligibility for your or your team to cross the U.S. / Canada border on business, or other immigration issues during the coronavirus restrictions or for post-restriction business, contact Ackah Law today at (587) 602-0343 Ext. 100 or 1-800-932-1190 or email [email protected].