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January 29, 2021 by Carly Perryman
On January 29, 2021, the Government of Canada announced new rules on international travel, in addition to a multi-layered approach to COVID-19 already in place. Canada’s airlines have agreed to suspend all flights to and from Mexico and Caribbean countries until April 30, 2021. This will take effect as of January 31, 2021.
Transport Canada has already funneled international commercial passenger flights to four Canadian airports: Montreal-Trudeau International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Calgary International Airport and Vancouver International Airport. New restrictions which take effect on February 3, 2021 at midnight EST, will include flights arriving from United States, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and South America, which were exempted from the previous restriction. Private/Business and charter flights from all countries will be required to land at the four airports.
In the coming weeks. all travelers arriving in Canada, with very limited exceptions, must reserve a room in a Government of Canada approved hotel for three nights at their own cost, and take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival at their own cost. More details will be available in the coming days.
The Government of Canada will also introduce a 72-hour pre-arrival testing requirement for travelers seeking entry to Canada via land crossings, with limited exceptions for commercial truckers.
Source: Government of Canada
Who Can Travel?
You can travel to Canada if you are:
Every person travelling to Canada MUST have a quarantine plan.
Certain foreign nationals are eligible to travel to Canada, but must meet the requirements of one of the following:
Some foreign nationals will require prior authorization from Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada and must swear a Statutory Declaration. If you need to travel to Canada during COVID-19, do not go unprepared. Contact us today to find out if you are eligible and what documents you need.
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