While Canada has imposed travel restrictions, candidates are still welcome to submit Express Entry profiles as well as their permanent and temporary residence applications. Canada continues to hold Express Entry draws and issue invitations to apply for permanent residence. Canada is also being more flexible in processing applications by providing candidates with more time to obtain and submit their documentation in case candidates are being affected by COVID-19 disruptions.
Who can come to Canada during coronavirus pandemic?
Canadian citizens and some foreign nationals are currently able to travel to Canada. However, foreign nationals may only travel to Canada for essential (non-discretionary) reasons (immediate family are able to come to Canada for non-essential reasons).
The following are among the people who may travel to Canada:
Immediate family of Canadian citizens and permanent residents (spouses, common-law partners, dependent children, grandchildren, parent or step-parent, and guardian or tutor)
Permanent resident applicants who were approved for permanent residence before Canada announced its travel restrictions on March 16, 2020 but who had not yet travelled to Canada
Temporary foreign workers
International students who held a valid study permit or who had been approved for a study permit when Canada’s travel restrictions took effect on March 18, 2020
Click here to view the full list of people who will be exempted from the travel restrictions.
Canada’s travel restrictions took effect on March 18, 2020, and end on June 30, 2020, at noon EDT.
Four Canadian airports open to international travel
Effective March 18, 2020, only four Canadian airports will be open to international travel:
Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
Montreal-Pierre Trudeau International Airport (YUL)
Calgary International Airport (YYC)
Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
Airline companies must screen passengers for coronavirus symptoms
Airline companies will be responsible for screening the health of individuals before they board a plane to Canada. Airlines have been instructed to prevent individuals who have COVID-19 symptoms from flying to Canada.
Canada has issued a statement indicating that passengers who display a fever of over 38°C, a cough, or breathing difficulties may be denied from boarding a plane unless they have a medical certificate that confirms the symptoms are not due to COVID-19.
Good to Know
People who can travel to Canada are listed here.
Express Entry draws continue and federal and provincial governments continue to issue invitations to apply for permanent residence.
Starting March 16th, all in-person landing appointments are cancelled and will be held by telephone. IRCC will contact you by email to let you know when your new telephone appointment will be.
Biometrics deadline extended to 90 days, rather than 30. There will be 90-day extensions for additional document requests on open applications.
It is mandatory for those entering Canada to self-isolate for 14 days.
The travel restrictions are in place until June 30, 2020 at noon EDT.
The measures do not apply to trade or business.
International students may begin their program online at a Canadian designated learning institution in the fall of 2020 and still be eligible for a PGWP.