Travel Restrictions in Canada
Travel Restrictions in Canada, As you might know, the Canadian government is implementing more travel restrictions and in particular travellers entering Canada from the United States. The Canadian government is actively compiling the facts and will be updating this page once again with more detailed information once they are ready. When applying for an immigrant visa, potential travelers need to understand and are expected to fully understand all the restrictions set out by both the United States and Canada. If you are planning a trip to Canada, ensure you are aware of the potential problems ahead and that you comply with all of the regulations.
1. The most recent election
The current issues concerning Canadian travel restrictions can be traced back to the last election where the Liberals were trounced in the most recent election. Although Justin Trudeau was elected as the prime minister of Canada, he was given only six months to implement any changes or make adjustments to the existing Canadian immigration system. As of march 2021 the United States government is expecting a million refugees and immigrants into the country, many of which have already applied for immigration status. This increase in traffic can be directly attributed to the new prime minster’s plans.
2. The Visa Waiver Program
Two main areas of concern revolve around the Safe Third Country Agreement, also known as the Visa Waiver Program. Under the arrangement, once a foreign national has arrived in Canada they must apply for either a permanent residence or a temporary resident status. In order to qualify, they must have been in Canada less than five years and their residence outside of Canada for at least three months. Once a person arrives in Canada they are granted a certificate of entry and can travel to the country. However, Canadian travel restrictions will come into play if a foreign national overcomes these three-month requirements.
3. The United Nations Single Parent Policy
The first set of Canadian travel restrictions takes effect March 2021. This time frame coincides with the implementation of the United Nations Single Parent Policy. Under this policy, families with children younger than eighteen will be eligible for Air Canada flights. Also, if a parent is applying for air travel as part of an organised tour of Canada, they must be able to provide proof that their child will receive an appropriate education in Canada. For those travelling outside of the United States, air carrier access is granted when crossing the Mexico border.
4. International students studying in Canada
The second set of Canadian travel restrictions takes effect on July 1st. This time frame corresponds with the increase of applications made by international students studying in Canada. Applications are expected to increase twenty-fold between now and July 1st, with many international students opting to commute between schools in Canada instead of taking the bus service, bike ride or car.
An extension to the first set of Canadian travel restrictions allows for greater freedom for tourists and immigrants. Once again, air carrier access is granted across the Mexico border starting on July 1st. Now any international student wishing to study in Canada has the option to commute between school campuses and can apply for a visa after completing their studies.
5. Relating to air carrier operations relating
Another set of Canadian travel restrictions, relating to air carrier operations relating to international flights, extends to federally chartered flights. Federal Aviation Administration regulations do not allow passengers travelling on federally chartered flights to carry electronic devices such as laptops. Although, some airlines such as Transcanada allow passengers to take portable devices such as iPad or BlackBerry on board, as long as they meet the cabin requirements. Other regulations prohibit passengers from bringing electronic devices of any kind onboard.
As well as air travel, Canadian passport laws also affect non-Canadians travelling to Canada. For travellers travelling outside of the country, quarantine requirements are generally not stringent. However, for those travelling within Canada, it is recommended that one carry an immunization certification, as well as relevant health information, in order to avoid contracting any illness while travelling abroad. The same applies to people travelling between countries to Canada; they must carry proper identification and have adequate proof of citizenship. Although most travelers to Canada are subject to some form of travel restriction, these laws are usually eased as Canadian officials work to make travel to their country safer and more secure for all travellers.