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Update On Canada Travel Restrictions

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:

  • A Canadian citizen
  • Dual Canadian Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
  • Person registered under Canada’s Indian Act
  • Protected person
  • 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:

  • an immediate family member of a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident who is staying in Canada for 15 days or more
  • an extended family member of a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident who is staying in Canada for 15 days or more
  • a person who is authorized by the Public Health Agency of Canada to travel to Canada for compassionate reasons
  • all other foreign nationals
  • 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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