From October 6, people coming from overseas will be allowed to enter Canada even if they are extended family members of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and are traveling for compassionate reasons.
According to the government of Canada, The extended family members of Canadian citizens who are exempt from travel restrictions are as follow:
- Exclusive partner of a Canadian who is in a relationship with others for at least a year, and have been in the physical presence of each other during their relationship.
- Grand-children of Canadian citizens.
- Siblings (Including Step and half-siblings).
- Children of Citizens over the age of 22.
The above-mentioned individuals should existing eligibility and admission criteria to travel but do not require an essential reason to explain their travel to the country, provided that they stay in Canada for more than 15 days and are required to complete the mandatory 14-day quarantine.
The travelers should give thorough documentation to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) which should include a signed statutory declaration which proves that they are an extended family member to a Canadian citizen, should be traveling with a valid passport and visitor visa, and should have written authorization from IRCC to travel to Canada as an extended family member.
According to IRCC, more information on this front would be available on October 8 and travelers will not be allowed until they have submitted all the required documents and authorizations.
Another new step taken by the IRCC states that people traveling from overseas for compassionate reasons such as providing support to critically ill people, being present with someone with a terminal illness, or in case of a death of a loved one to be able to attend their funeral proceedings. Rules and requirements for people traveling for compassionate reasons will be available from October 8 on the Public Health Agency of Canada website.