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Friday, 02 October, 2020, 10 : 45 AM [IST]

Canada extends ban on international visitors until Oct 31

Canada’s international travel restrictions, in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus, have been extended by another month, to October 31, 2020.

The decision was made via a federal government Order in Council, published on September 28. The existing travel restrictions, in place since March, had been due to expire on September 30.

It means that the restrictions due to COVID-19 will have been in place for at least seven months. With a second wave of the pandemic currently hitting many parts of the country, it is likely the restrictions will be further extended.

The Order in Council notes that “no reasonable alternatives to prevent the introduction or spread of the disease are available.”

The restrictions cover travellers arriving from a foreign country other than the United States. The travel ban affecting the Canada-U.S. border is covered by a separate agreement, that currently expires on October 21, 2020.

The following people can currently travel to Canada:
Citizens and permanent residents.
Work permit holders travelling for non-optional and non-discretionary reasons.
International students who held a valid study permit, or had been approved for a study permit, on March 18, 2020, who are travelling for non-optional and non-discretionary reasons.
Permanent resident applicants who had been approved for permanent residence before the travel restrictions were announced on March 18, 2020, but who had not yet travelled to Canada.
Immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents
Anyone else covered by exemptions listed by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
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