The honourable Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair and the honourable Minister of Health Patty Hajdu declared that Canada will extend, until January 21, 2021, the Mandatory Isolation Order and temporary travel restrictions for all travellers seeking entry into Canada from a country other than the US.
Travel restrictions are in effect until December 21, 2020, for US residents and foreign nationals coming from the US. It is likely to extend at that point.
It is the highest priority of the Government of Canada to shield Canadians from COVID-19 and reduce the transmission of the disease in Canada. The government implemented several initiatives in March 2020, including bans and limitations on discretionary and optional travel from the United States (US) and all other nations.
These steps are being taken to mitigate the introduction and proliferation of COVID-19 and to safeguard Canadians’ health and safety. These initiatives include a quarantine requirement for all travelers entering Canada or to self-isolate for 14 days.
Initially travel restrictions imposed from March 18 to June 30 to contain the spread of the COVID-19 disease. They have been rolled over since then every month.
The government continues to ensure that Canadians stay safe and healthy. It assesses the travel restrictions on an ongoing basis as well as the need to be quarantined or separated.
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or who has recently come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 infection should continue to be in quarantine or isolated for a duration of 14 days.
At all Canadian ports of entry, border services officers who base their decisions on the details submitted and available to them at the time of entry make the final judgment as to the admissibility of a traveler.
Exempted persons from travel restrictions
However, certain travellers and people are exempted from the travel restrictions. They are,
- Canadian citizens, PRs entering into Canada.
- Immediate and Extended family members of Canadian Citizens or PRs
- Certain people who have received PRs before travel restrictions took place.
- International students who are admitted into approved DLI’s with coronavirus readiness plan by the province of DLI
- Certain temporary foreign workers
- Protected persons
- People entering Canada on Compassionate reasons such as
- To be present in loved one’s final moments of life or critically ill
- Attending loved one’s funeral etc.,