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June 8, 2020

The Government of Canada has implemented travel restrictions. Below is an overview of some of the travel restrictions, exemptions and immigration impacts.

PLEASE NOTE: New information is being updated daily, so we can only confirm accuracy of this document to the last update. It is important for readers to confirm accuracy of this information. 

1 - Leaving Canada

The Government of Canada has issued an official advisory to Avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice. Many countries across the globe are issuing similar advisories and closing their borders to international travellers.

Click here to find out more information about travelling outside of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html

2 - Entering Canada

COVID-19 testing required for people flying into Canada

Starting 11:59 pm (EST) January 6, 2021, air travellers 5 years of age or older will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test result to the airline prior to boarding international flights bound for Canada. See the news release for air travellers.

Mandatory 14-day quarantine or isolation

Everyone entering Canada must follow mandatory isolation or quarantine requirements. Not respecting the mandatory requirements is a serious offence with consequences and penalties.

Travel Requirement App - ArriveCAN

Starting November 21, 2020, all travellers flying to Canada will need to submit the following information via ArriveCAN by either using the free mobile app, or by signing in online before they board their flight:

•           contact information

•           travel information

•           quarantine plan (unless they are exempt)

•           COVID-19 symptoms self-assessment

3 - Temporary and Permanent Residency Applications

The Government of Canada has put in special measures to help temporary and permanent residents and applicants affected by COVID-19. For more information, click here: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-special-measures.html

4 - Refugee Claimants

There are many changes to the procedures for those intending on claiming asylum in Canada and those who have already made claims and are awaiting their hearings: Please check out the UNHRC's website on the most up to date information: https://www.unhcr.ca/newsroom/key-information-asylum-seekers/

5 - International Students

International students post-graduation work permit eligibility won't be affected if their Fall 2020 courses are only offered online due to #COVID19. Students can begin programs online from outside Canada and complete up to 50% of them outside the country. In addition, students will not have time deducted from the length of a future post-graduation work permit for studies completed outside of Canada, up to December 31, 2020. For more information, visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/notices/pgwpp-rules-covid19.html​​​