Canada | Immigration – Canada expands the concept of “essential travel” during COVID-19 pandemic

Even foreigners excluded from coronavirus travel restrictions must show that they are travelling to Canada for an important purpose With travel restrictions still in effect, Canada has explained what forms of travel are deemed “necessary” in order to decide which travellers will be permitted to travel to Canada.


Foreigners who are excluded from travel restrictions on coronavirus in Canada, such as temporary foreign employees, immediate family members of Canadians, and some international students must show that the purpose of their trip is for an important cause.


The obligatory quarantine period for new arrivals and the travel ban for sick people are still in place. With few exceptions, anyone who enters Canada from abroad would have to face 14 days of self-isolation. They will need to prove they have an appropriate quarantine program.


However, it is the officer's responsibility to assess whether or not the reason for the trip is permissible for entry into Canada.


Here are a few purposes that may be considered Essential

  •  Economic services as well as  supply chains;
  •  Provision of services that are necessary for the health, protection, security;
  •  Health (immediate medical care), protection and security;
  •  Support of aboriginal communities;
  •  Transition through Canada is allowed if it is on the essential purpose
  •  Studying in Canada if accepted before 18 March 2020, Canada continues to accept applications for foreign students and will notify them when travelling opens to them;
  •  Tending to sick family members who don't have someone else in Canada to support them
  •  Any other practices that the Canadian Government considers “non-optional” or “non-discretionary”


Examples of trips that the Government does not find necessary include:

  •   Visiting a family for a holiday;
  •   Arriving in Canada for the birth of a new family member,
  •   Visiting a secondary home only for maintenance and maintenance purposes
  •    Attending a family member's funeral, as quarantine measures in Canada are already in place

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