If you have plans of travelling to Canada, awaiting your application status, or thinking of applying for a VISA to get into the country, there are some things you need to know.
Foremost, the Canadian border will remain closed until July 31, 2020, in which only exempt travellers will be able to enter the country. This is in line with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announcement earlier this month that Canada is not in a rush to re-open their borders to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Apart from that, here is more important information that you need to be familiar with:
Permanent Residents, Students, And Workers
In spite of the current travel restrictions in place, certain individuals will be allowed entry into the country should they meet the following criteria:
- Individuals who have applied for permanent residency and were approved before the travel restrictions (announced on March 16, 2020) but who have not yet travelled to Canada
- All temporary foreign workers, caregivers, and International students who have a valid study permit approved before the travel restrictions took effect on March 18, 2020.
Work Permits Extensions
Those who have a valid work permit in a low-skill position can extend their work permits for an additional year. Such individuals should file an extension through the CIC online application system.
Canadian airports were closed on March 18, 2020—with exception to flights that originate from the United States, Mexico, Caribbean, and Saint Pierre and Miquelon, which will be routed to the following airports:
- Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
- Vancouver International Airport ( YVR)
- Montreal-Pierre Trudeau International Airport (YUL)
- Calgary International Airport (YYC)
Keep in mind that Immigration Canada has cancelled in-land landing interviews. Instead, all interviews will be conducted over the phone. An CIC representative will contact you if you have a scheduled landing interview.
Moreover, Biometrics offices are closed. If you have received a request to complete the biometrics request, you will be given 90 days to complete this step.
IELTS and CELPIP in-Canada testing centres are closed until further notice. However, their offices remain open and can provide necessary updates.
Travelling To Canada Amid Covid-19
If you are travelling by air, you will need to follow specific airline requirements and pass a health check that will be conducted by the airline before you board the flight.
Upon arriving in Canada, your health will be assessed before you leave the port of entry. You must have a plan to quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in the country, even if you have no symptoms. Only essential workers are exempt from the quarantine requirements.
Travelling to Canada is a challenge these days, as well as to other countries. If you have any concerns with your application to Canada, an immigration consultant will be helpful to help you stay up-to-date with the latest rules on travelling to and from the country.
Aside from checking official government sites, you can talk to your immigration consultant about the right steps to take amid the global pandemic. Only then will you be able to make the most out of your time and get into the country when travel restrictions are lifted.