Canada has introduced a new exemption to coronavirus entry restrictions for immediate family members of citizens and permanent residents.
The new exemption is in place as of June 8, 2020 at 11.59pm.
What is the New Exemption?
Foreign nationals who are immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and who do not have COVID-19 or exhibit any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or who do not have reason to believe they have COVID-19, are exempt from the prohibition on entry to Canada if entering to be with an immediate family member for at least 15 days.
People admitted under the exemption must quarantine for 14 days.
Who is an Immediate Family Member?
- Spouse or common-law partner.
- Dependent child, or a dependent child of the person’s spouse or common-law partner.
- The dependent child of a dependent child mention in (b).
- Parent or step-parent or the parent or step-parent of the person’s spouse or common-law partner.
- Guardian or tutor.
The immediate family member must confirm they have a suitable place to quarantine for 14 days with access to basic necessities (such as food and medication) and where they not have contact with vulnerable people.
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What are Canada’s Isolation and Quarantine Rules for New Arrivals?
Anyone entering Canada must isolate for 14 days if they have COVID-19 symptoms or quarantine themselves for 14 days if they do not have symptoms.
A viable quarantine/isolation plan must be presented on arrival.
Can Family Members Visit for 14 Days or Less?
Immediate family members who intend to stay in Canada for 14 days or less may still enter, provided their purpose is non-discretionary. If seeking entry from the United States, they must comply with quarantine requirements based on purpose of travel and length of stay.
For How Long Will the Canada-U.S. Border Remain Closed?
The Canada-U.S. border was closed to all non-essential travel on March 21 and is in place until at least June 21, 2020.
Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Registered Indians under the Indian Act can continue to enter, but are subject to COVID-19 entry screening measures.