Canada is once again extending travel restrictions to foreign travelers as coronavirus cases continue to rise.
A new decree from the Canadian government says coronavirus-related travel restrictions will be extended until Halloween, October 31. Canada initially closed its borders from March 18 to June 30. Travel restrictions have since been postponed month by month. The border is closed to foreign travelers who come to Canada for a non-essential reason such as recreation, tourism, or entertainment.
Some people are exempt from travel restrictions, such as:
Anyone crossing the Canadian border must still be quarantined for 14 days. The only exemptions from the mandatory quarantine requirement are:
Canada has a separate ordinance in place that has also restricted cross-border travel between it and the United States since March. This order was also renewed at the beginning of the month.
The decision to extend Canada’s travel restrictions comes as no surprise gave the increase in COVID-19 cases in Canada and abroad. Canada managed to flatten the coronavirus curve from late May to August. However, COVID-19 cases have been increasing steadily since the end of August.
Canada’s largest provinces, Ontario and Quebec, have announced tougher measures in recent days in an attempt to curb the significantly higher levels of COVID-19 cases they have seen over the past month.
Canada continues to send new invitations for permanent residence throughout the pandemic.
These invitations are being sent to people currently in Canada as well as those abroad, although the number of people ending their permanent stay in Canada is much lower than usual due to the pandemic.
Additionally, travel restrictions state that only those who received their approval for permanent residence before March 18 are currently eligible to travel to Canada. As such, the current draws for Canada’s Express Entry Program and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) are intended in part to facilitate the arrival of immigrants to support Canada’s economy after the pandemic.
In a speech last week, the Canadian government said it plans to continue welcoming global talent to boost the country’s economic growth.
Two major events in October will bring more clarity to the Canadian government’s immigration plans after the pandemic. Canadian Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino has made a series of remarks throughout the pandemic, suggesting that immigration will be vital to Canada’s economic recovery.
Reference is taken from CIC News
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