Canada extends coronavirus travel ban until October 31

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Last Updated on September 29, 2020 Canada has extended international travel restrictions in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus by another month, to October 31, 2020.

 

Canada is extending the travel ban for foreigners until October 31 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The decision was made via a federal government Order in Council, published on September 28.

"We are extending the existing restrictions on non-US international travel into Canada until October 31, 2020," Safety Minister Bill Blair said via Twitter on Wednesday.

The order does not apply to some US nationals, temporary foreign workers approved by the federal government and other select individuals, including diplomats and flight crews. 

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.

As per the report, the strict quarantine protocols upon entry in Canada will remain in place. 

As of March 25, Quarantine Act violators may be subject to a fine of up to $537,000 and/or a prison sentence in the duration of six months.

If a violator is found to have contributed to a risk of death of another individual, they can be subject to a fine of up to $720,000 and/or a prison term of three years. 

In mid-March, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the government is halting the entry of most foreign citizens into Canada. 

The existing travel restrictions, in place since March, had been due to expire on September 30.


With inputs from Agency

Image credit: Times of India

 

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