The Government of Canada confirms that measures are now in place in order to allow many temporary workers and international students back home.
We are reassured to know that the Government recognizes the vital importance of these actors for the national economy.
Here is a list of the individuals who are allowed back to Canada by air:
- foreign nationals travelling at the invitation of the Canadian government for a purpose related to the containment of COVID-19;
- close family members of Canadian citizens;
- close family members of Canadian permanent residents;
- a person who is authorized, in writing, by a consular officer of the Government of Canada to enter Canada for the purpose of reuniting immediate family members;
- a person registered as an Indian under the Indian Act;
- accredited diplomats and family members (including NATO, those under the United Nations Headquarters Agreement, other organizations);
- air crews;
- any foreign national, or group of foreign nationals, whose entry would be in the national interest, as determined by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, the Minister of Public Safety;
- members of the Canadian military, visiting forces and their family members;
- transiting passengers;
- seasonal agricultural workers, fish/seafood workers, caregivers and all other temporary foreign workers;
- international students who held a valid study permit, or had been approved for a study permit, when the travel restrictions took effect on March 18, 2020;
- 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.
Unfortunately, please note that family members of foreign workers and international students are still excluded. Thus, Canada maintains its position regarding the closing of its borders to most visitors.
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Last updated, March 27th 2020.