As per a new Canadian Government order, the foreign travelers are asked to avoid entering Canada for non-essential purposes until Halloween, i.e. on October 31.
This extension has been announced with an aim to limit the spread of Coronavirus.
Until any further notice, most of the foreign nationals are unable to travel to Canada for discretionary purpose, including tourism, entertainment and recreation, even if they possess a valid electronic travel authorization (eTA) or visitor visa.
However, there are certain people who are exempted under specific travel purposes that are considered as essential:
The government has defined optional or discretionary travel for the purposes like tourism, entertainment and recreation among others. A few examples of such non-essential trips include:
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All the foreigners who will travel to Canada must have a self-quarantine plan for maximum 14 days.
They are supposed to provide a detailed quarantine plan, which would include details like, where they'll stay, how they'll manage medicines and grocery shopping without physically going to any store and will there be any vulnerable people at the place they are going to stay.
In case no adequate quarantine plan, travelers may need to stay at a hotel or any another facility provided by the government.
However, there are certain people who are exempted from the mandatory 14-day quarantine, such exempted foreign nationals include:
Even amidst monthly travel advisories being announced by the Canadian government, both IRCC and provincial governments continue to accept, process and approval visa applications with extended deadlines.
Both IRCC and provincial governments has been conducting regular Express Entry and Provincial PNP draws to help facilitate the arrival of newcomers in Canada to support country's economy and development plans post-pandemic.
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