Canada Extends Travel Ban On International Visitors Till 31 October

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Public Safety Minister, Bill Blair on Thursday in a statement said that due to the coronavirus pandemic Canada is extending the travel ban for foreigners until October 31.

“We are extending the existing restrictions on non-US international travel into Canada until October 31, 2020,” Blair said in a tweet on Wednesday.

The decision was made via a federal government Order in Council, published on September 28. The existing travel restrictions, in place since March, had been due to expire on September 30.

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The Order in Council notes that “no reasonable alternatives to prevent the introduction or spread of the disease are available.”

The restrictions cover travelers arriving from a foreign country other than the United States. The travel ban affecting the Canada-U.S. border is covered by a separate agreement, that currently expires on October 21, 2020.

The travel restriction 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:

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  • 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.

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