Canada Immigration Update
Canada to ease travel restrictions for vaccinated individuals: Starting midnight EST July 5, 2021, Canada enters Phase 1 of easing border measures for travelers. Fully vaccinated travelers who are eligible to enter Canada will not be required to quarantine on entry. There are a number of nuances to the definitions in this announcement that can have a significant impact on individual families/travelers.
Who is 'eligible to enter Canada'?
1) Individuals with right of entry (Canadian citizens, permanent residents and persons registered under the Indian Act) and
2) Foreign nationals eligible to enter Canada under the current travel restrictions (generally speaking foreign workers, students and other exempt individuals)
What does 'fully vaccinated' mean?
1) the traveler must have received the full series of a vaccine that is approved by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering
2) the traveler must have proof of vaccination in English or French (or with a certified translation)
3) the traveler may have received the vaccine in any country and
4) currently, those vaccines are manufactured by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZenera/COVISHIELD and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). This list of accepted vaccines may expand in the future.
NOTE: Children who are traveling with fully vaccinated parents but who are not themselves vaccinated are required to quarantine and to do a COVID Test on day 8 after arrival. They are not required to go to a hotel to quarantine.
To read more: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/news/2021/06/backgrounder-phase-1-of-easing-border-measures-for-travellers-entering-canada.html
Individuals with Approved Confirmation of Permanent Residence can now travel to Canada: As of June 21, 2021, individuals who are outside of Canada with approved permanent residence applications and valid Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CoPR) can now travel to Canada in order to be granted permanent resident status. This has not been possible since the beginning of the pandemic, leaving many individuals and families waiting outside Canada after having been approved for permanent residence.
CoPRs are generally valid for 12 months, and the expiry is tied to the validity of the passport and medical clearances. Individuals whose CoPR has expired should not attempt to travel to Canada without first obtaining a new CoPR from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
To read more: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2021/06/individuals-approved-for-permanent-residence-may-travel-to-canada-as-of-june-21.html
Extension of Travel Restrictions: Canada has extended the travel restrictions and Mandatory Isolation Order for all travelers seeking entry into Canada until July 21, 2021, including travelers from the U.S. with notable exemptions for fully vaccinated individuals. These restrictions may be extended at any time. COVID-testing requirements remain in place for land borders and air travel.
To read more: travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/border