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Canada Extends Travel Restrictions for US Travellers

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"Canada extended travel restrictions for US travelers until March 21, 2021, and till April 21, 2021, for travelers from the rest of the world."
Written by My Visa Source Team
Published on:  May 8, 2021
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Canada extended travel restrictions for US travelers until March 21, 2021, and till April 21, 2021, for travelers from the rest of the world. 

Previously, travel restrictions were extended in January. Since then, measures at the border have been tightened by implementing measures including accepting international flights at only 4 Canadian airports. 

4 of Canada’s major airlines have suspended flights to Mexico and the Caribbean. Travel restrictions have also been imposed which include requiring incoming travelers to take a Covid-19 test and stay in government-approved hotels until their results come out. 

The requirement to have a 14-day quarantine plan has also been extended till April 21, 2021. Only essential workers such as emergency service providers, truck drivers and regular travelers across the Canada-US borders are exempt from these travel restrictions. 

Outside of Covid travel restrictions, there are regular restrictions for inadmissibility to Canada.

Who is Exempt from the Canadian Travel Restrictions?

The following individuals are exempt from the Covid-19 travel restrictions:

  • Certain individuals with a confirmation of permanent residence
  • Certain temporary workers on work permits
  • Certain international students on study permits
  • Protected persons
  • Immediate family members of Canadian citizens
  • Extended family members of Canadian citizens
  • Individuals coming to Canada under Compassionate Grounds or anyone who falls under the list of exempted individuals on the government webpage

Following individuals can travel to Canada on Compassionate Grounds as allowed by the federal government:

  • Traveling to be present in the final moments of the life of a loved one
  • To provide care or support to a seriously ill loved one
  • To provide medical support 
  • To attend a funeral

Only the following individuals are exempt from the mandatory 14-day quarantine requirement:

  • Crew members
  • Individuals invited by the health ministry to help with Covid-19 response
  • Members of visiting forces coming to work
  • Individuals traveling to access medical services within 36 hours of arrival
  • Crossing the border in trans-border community
  • Individuals crossing the border in a “vessel” for research, provided they do not leave the vessel
  • Other exemptions listed in the new Order in Council

Ultimately, only Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) officials will have a final say in whether or not you will be allowed to enter the country.

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