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Canada extends travel restrictions till November 30

Once again, Canada has extended the travel restrictions due to the challenges posed by the deadly Covid-19 pandemic. Canada had imposed the travel restrictions for the first time on 18th March and has been extending it every month, keeping in mind the health and safety of all Canadians.

On the same day when the historic Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023 was announced by Marco Mendicino, Immigration Minister of Canada, There has been another major announcement carried out by Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety, and Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health who has announced that the Government has yet again extended the Mandatory isolation order and temporary travel restrictions till 30th November.

“Our duty as a government is to protect the people of Canada and we are following the best public health guidance to make decisions regarding temporary travel restrictions, including extending the temporary border restrictions for both U.S. and international travelers. The limited and practical changes will continue to protect Canadians’ health and safety while removing hardships for children and for residents in remote communities impacted by the border restrictions.”

– Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

“Canadians have made sacrifices to respond to this new virus, and our government will continue to rely on evidence and data to protect them. The changes confirmed today will help those in remote and cross-border communities while still protecting Canadians from the public health risk posed by COVID-19.”

– Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health

As of now, Canadian shores are closed to non-essential travelers who wish to visit Canada for recreational purposes. In the previous travel restriction updates, the Canadian government has identified certain criteria that would exempt the individuals wanting to travel to Canada from the travel restrictions.

Individuals should satisfy the following criteria if they wish to travel to Canada:

  • Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada.
  • Individuals who have already been approved for Permanent residence.
  • Certain essential temporary workers.
  • Immediate family members of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Medical/Health specialist willing to provide services in Covid-19 related fields.

There is a 14-day mandatory quarantine rule that is to be followed by every individual who travels to Canada. The only exceptions to the quarantine rule are:

  • Crew members of any airlines.
  • People invited by the health minister to help with the COVID-19 response and other healthcare workers.
  • People coming to receive medical services.

Canada is also issuing invites to apply for permanent residence even during the pandemic to applicants living in Canada as well as overseas. Travel restrictions specify that only those candidates who have received their permanent residence before March 18th will be allowed to travel to Canada.

Vyom Bhatt

Vyom Bhatt

An introverted millennial fueled by coffee and literature, keen on finding his way to the top by amassing every bit of knowledge this world has to offer.

Vyom is a BSC graduate from NUV. He has a good knowledge of the Canadian immigration system as he is a future Canadian immigration aspirant and is about to pursue a Master’s degree in Canada.

He is intrigued by novels and comics since he was a kid, has written several blogs on various topics, and loves to write in his free time.

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