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How to Get Into Canada during COVID


November 30, 2020 ( Newswire) Are you planning to travel to Canada? It's essential to understand the travel restrictions put in place by the Canadian government to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Not every person can get into Canada right now due to the containment measures imposed.

Who are the people exempted from Canada's travel restrictions? You can only travel to Canada right now if you are a temporary foreign worker, an immediate family member of a Canadian(s), or an international student. What are the requirements for each group?

Any foreigner visiting Canada must acquire the Canadian Dollars to pay for services in the country. So, you need to exchange your currency at a reputable currency exchange provider with the lowest exchange rates, such as Knightsbridge Foreign Exchange.

Requirements to Enter Canada during COVID-19

If you are exempt from Canada's travel restrictions, you must still demonstrate that your reason for travelling is an essential one. Does the reason relate to work, trade, study, family reunification, or critical infrastructure support?

Here are the other requirements you will have to fulfill upon entry into Canada.

Mandatory Quarantine

Currently, any traveller entering Canada must go for a 14-day mandatory quarantine to contain the spread of coronavirus. If you break the quarantine policies, you will get fined or jailed. However, there are some exemptions for essential workers.

Effective Isolation Plan

How do you plan to isolate yourself during the 14-day mandatory quarantine period? Will you stay in a hotel or at your family member's house? Without an effective isolation plan, the government might deny you entry into the country.

Asylum Seekers

Canada is establishing a new immigration program that allows asylum seekers with critical healthcare roles during COVID to apply for permanent residency in Canada. Prime Minister Trudeau issued that notice on March 20, 2020.

People Who Can Travel to Canada during COVID-19

Now that you know the requirements for everyone travelling to Canada now, let's look at more details required for people exempted from Canada's travel restrictions.

1. Immediate Family Members

As of June 8, 2020, the government has been allowing travellers who are immediate family members of Canadians to enter Canada. So, who are the immediate family of Canadians allowed to enter into Canada? They include:

  • Grandchildren
  • Parents or step-parents
  • Dependent children
  • Guardians or tutors
  • Spouses or common-law partners

However, the visitors must meet all the government's travel guidelines, such as staying in Canada for at least 15 days. Here are the other policies.

  • The trip is non-discretionary and non-optional
  • Immediate families must not have COVID-19 or related symptoms
  • Immediate families must be travelling to be with their loved ones in Canada
  • Immediate families need to quarantine themselves for 14 days upon arrival

2. Skilled Foreign Workers

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian government has established several policies to allow skilled workers to move into Canada. It has helped employers address issues of labour shortages and facilitated the hiring process of foreign workers.

Most Canadian employers hire foreign workers in the fields of Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and Information Technology and Science. To get your work permit processed quickly, you can apply for it through the Global Talent Stream.

If you are an IEC participant but have not activated your work permit, you must get a valid job offer to move into Canada. Notably, the job offer must not be in one of the critical sectors of Canada's economy. It should comply with the IRCC requirements.

Suppose you had activated your work permit and was outside of Canada temporarily. In that case, you don't need to have a valid job offer to re-enter the country amidst the pandemic. Check out the other requirements and guidelines for foreign workers.

3. International Students

Despite closing its borders, the Canadian government has also put in place policies to facilitate international students' entry into the country. To enter Canada as an international student, you must get a letter of introduction or a valid study permit.

Another requirement you must fulfill to enter Canada as an international student is to ensure that your DLI is on the list of DLIs with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan. Notably, this applies to all international students from various countries worldwide.

A good example of a study option is the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). With the PGWP program, international students can gain Canadian work experience upon completing their education programs in any of Canada's designated learning institution.

Final Words

The Canadian government has not yet opened its borders to every foreigner travelling from other countries. You can only visit the country as an international student, a skilled worker, or an immediate family member. However, you will have to go for a 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Canada. So, ensure that you create an isolation plan.

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