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How COVID-19 is affecting business at Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Updated: Apr 4, 2020

Workers, students and approved permanent residents who haven’t landed should not travel yet. IRCC announced exemptions but they’re not in place. Travel restrictions are still in effect for these groups.

Only Canadian citizens, and permanent residents, and some foreign nationals travelling from the United States (US) who have been in the US for at least 14 days and are asymptomatic, are able to enter Canada by air at this time.

Air Travel Restrictions

Canada is currently denying boarding to all foreign nationals, unless they are exempt, on flights to Canada coming from all countries. With some exemptions, only Canadian citizens, permanent residents, as well as some foreign nationals travelling from the United States (US) who have been in the US for at least 14 days and do not have symptoms, will be able to enter Canada by air.

Canada will also deny boarding to any foreign national coming from the US who has resided outside Canada or the US in the last 14 days, unless that foreign national is exempt. If a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act, protected person or exempt person is exhibiting symptoms, they will not be allowed to travel to Canada by air. They will, however, be able to enter Canada at a land border, but must isolate for 14 days.

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