The pandemic forced Canada to enforce strict travel permit restrictions so as to keep the virus under control.
Now that the country is experiencing lesser cases, the economy is opening up. They have remained adamant about the travel measures, but they have been steadily introducing exceptions to accommodate more people.
Recently, the ministers for health, immigration, and public safety of Canada made an important announcement during a press conference in Ottawa. Canada has finally decided to ease travel restrictions for study permit holders, family members, and people who are entering the country on compassionate grounds.
What do the new rules allow?
The new travel measures for families and students will definitely lead many to heave a sigh of relief. Immigration minister Marco Mendicino said that extended family members of permanent citizens and Canadian citizens will be allowed to enter Canada after October 8th. Eligible extended family will cover dependent children, siblings, adult children, grandparents, and those in exclusive long-term relationships.
From October 20, all international students who are currently enrolled in courses offered by Designated Learning Institutions will be able to enter Canada as well. The only requirement is that their DLI should have a COVID-19 readiness plan, which has been examined by the province or territory in which it is situated. DLIs refer to colleges, universities, colleges, and any other educational institutions that have been permitted by the government to welcome international students.
Foreign nationals can also submit their applications if they want to gain entry on compassionate reasons.
All incoming travelers still have to self-quarantine for two weeks when entering Canada. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced that all the detailed information will be available on their website. If you are interested, check out the rules and then take your traveling decisions.