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Impact Of COVID-19 on Canada Immigration

To manage the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Prime Minister of Canada has made announcements regarding travel restrictions to Canada that may affect immigration, refugees, citizenship and passport applications.

But, along with imposing restrictions, a few travel restriction exemptions are also announced to protect Canadian citizens and residents and support the economy. If you’re exempted, then you can travel to Canada now.

Note: This page was created to update the people about the status of travel to Canada, during global pandemic. However, w.e.f. October 1, 2022, Government of Canada has removed all COVID-19 entry restrictions, as well as testing, quarantine, and isolation requirements for anyone entering Canada.

Let’s discuss the exemptions in detail, where Canada PR Avenue can answer the most common questions popping up right now in the heads of most Canadian immigration aspirants.

What are these travel restriction exemptions announced by the Canadian Government?

You are exempted if:

  • You are a fully vaccinated foreign national. You’ll be allowed to enter Canada for discretionary travel.
  • You are an international student with a valid study permit, or you got your study permit approved before the travel restrictions came into effect, i.e. March 18, 2020.
  • You are a permanent resident applicant and got your PR approval before the travel restrictions were implemented, i.e. March 18, 2020, but you have not yet visited Canada.
  • You have already for Canada immigration and have sent your COPR to the IRCC; you can travel to Canada for an in-person PR landing appointment.
  • If you are a seasonal agricultural worker, caregiver, or other temporary international
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