The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau has made an announcement that is sure to make a lot of people happy. The pandemic resulted in the country imposing travel restrictions on its borders as a result of which many immediate family members had to stay apart unless they could provide an essential purpose to cross the border. Now, however, families will be able to enter Canada again, as stated by Trudeau himself.
Canada will now consider immediate family members to be exceptions to the coronavirus travel restrictions. However, all the people entering Canada will still have to self-quarantine themselves for 14 days. Immediate family members were permitted to enter Canada from 11:59 PM EDT on June 8, 2020. On May 29th, Trudeau has said that the federal government was trying to gain provincial approval and ease restrictions for immediate family members.
Trudeau made the announcement during his daily coronavirus briefing. You will be happy to know that the exemption is not just applicable for eligible travelers coming into Canada from the United States. This exemption will be considered valid for eligible foreign nationals arriving from different countries. Foreign nationals will be allowed to enter Canada if only they form the immediate family of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Moreover, they should not exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19. Their visit should be at least 15 days long, and it is mandatory for them to self-quarantine by law for a fortnight once they enter Canada. Immediate family includes:
- Spouse or common-law partner
- Dependent children
- Parent or step-parent
- Guardian or tutor
Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino has said that this new rule will help to bring families together again families, but the federal government will not accommodate short-term trips. Canada is slowly trying to adapt its special immigration measures to the current state of the coronavirus crisis.