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johnsonjam

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May 12, 2019
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Not sure what was the issue, but you should have asked them whats the exact reason? Have u ever asked them? I flew 2nd august (temporary landing) from abu dhabi and have return ticket, no one is looking into that...and thats logic. What if u land and purchasing a one way ticket again after landing, what if u have the valid visa of the country ur departing from, doesnt make sense, for me my travel experience was real smooth and no hiccups at all,
The airline told me CBSA inform them that my travel is not considered essential... (my copr is valid still and issued before Ma 18th)

I was completely shocked as well. And yes, whats the point of one way ticket when I can buy another one way ticket if I need in Canada.
I will try again actually.

It doesn't make sense to me either... this is what's frustrating.
 

SueyZA

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Jul 4, 2020
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South Africa
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Cape Town
Hi All,

I wanted to share my experience which happened this morning. My parents were not allowed to board their flight on Lufthansa Airlines from Kenya to Vancouver, even though they had valid COPR and all necessary travel documents as well as additional proof for valid travel. Here are the details:

My parents COPR was issued before March 18 2020, so they are officially allowed to travel to Canada
Travelling from Kenya to Vancouver on Lufthansa (stop over in Frankfurt).

They were denied boarding at the Lufthansa check-in counter, with the reason officially being that travel documents were missing (I got that information by calling Lufthansa Frankfurt office just a few minutes ago).
I spoke with the Lufthansa check-in agent in real time (called Mom this morning and amazingly the Lufthansa agent took her phone to speak with me), I was told 2 different reasons why they were not allowed on the flight
1.passport did not have valid ETA (according to CIC, if valid COPR is present, ETA not required; also, the ETA IS still valid);
2. 30 minutes later, they demanded a "Card" in order to board. When asked what specific card they need, I was told they called the "Canadian Border" and her "Card" was not prepared in Canada, therefore not allowed to board.

While this was happening, I had called CBSA border services info line, and they agreed with me that my parents should have been allowed on. Lufthansa needed to communicate directly to CBSA liaison officer (all airlines have direct number).

No idea why Lufthansa did not allow them to board, and nobody is able to give us a definitive answer.

Can anyone confirm any other airline that is allowing COPR holders to travel to Canada?

Was hoping for any insight or advice regarding our current situation.

Have you tried contacting the embassy/consulate in Kenya? High commission of Canada in South Africa informed me over the phone that Lufthansa and Qatar are functioning for PR and CoPR holders as repatriation flights. They suggested I contact them when I have valid documents (my CoPR is currently expired). They said they will provide a letter permitting travel to airport (we have travel limits in SA) and also to board the plane. I haven't done this yet so I'm not 100% sure it will work out, but am counting on this info for when my CoPR is extended.
 

whyCorona

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Mar 17, 2020
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Hi All,

Any info on VFS/VAC offices reopening in India for passport submission or biometrics? I see even VFS US is open....
Posted: 1 day ago

All Canadian Visa Application Centres across India remain closed at this time. #CanadainIndia is working hard to address this over the next several weeks. While the VACs are closed, please do not mail your passports or applications to the High Commission of Canada; they will be returned to you without any action taken. All applications and passports are to be submitted through the VACs once they re-open. Please continue to follow us on social media to learn more about when the VACs will re-open. https://visa.vfsglobal.com/ind/en/can/

Canadian Immigration and Citizenship
VFS Global
 
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someonetookmyname

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Oct 16, 2019
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You can definitely travel as your COPR is issued before Mar 18.
There is nothing like "soft landing". It is a term given by people like us. At present IRCC wants only those people who are looking to come and settle permanently to restrict people from travelling frequently.
But no one can stop from coming back after 15-20 days. Just make sure to make arrangements for your PR card otherwise you have to apply for PRTD for entering into Canada again.
Also, flight from Canada to India.
many thanks for your reply
 
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someonetookmyname

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Oct 16, 2019
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I arrived in Canada on 2nd august as temporarily and will be back on 30 Aug, nothing has been asked so i wil recommend who ever planning to travel on temp. basis can do that confidently as seems extension of expired visa will be much more of headache, any questions please msg me and happy to answer
many thanks for your reply! yeah its seems reasonable to fly. i m based here in Oman. let me know if we can connect through whatsapp? so that i seek your guidance :)
 

crackMBA

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many thanks for your reply! yeah its seems reasonable to fly. i m based here in Oman. let me know if we can connect through whatsapp? so that i seek your guidance :)
Just out of curiosity, how is the situation in Oman? Covid Cases? International Flights? Can you book normal international flights or only rescue ones?

Thanks
 

crackMBA

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Mar 2, 2015
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This latest tweet from High Commission of Canada in India says expired CoPR holders approved before March 18, 2020 once commercial flights become available. Just a bit more clearer language. Hope they'll be convinced a couple of weeks later. I am wondering why don't they allow us to take repatriation flights under Vande Bharat Mission.
This is something good. More clear.
Thanks for sharing.
 
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someonetookmyname

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Oct 16, 2019
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Just out of curiosity, how is the situation in Oman? Covid Cases? International Flights? Can you book normal international flights or only rescue ones?

Thanks
well here govt imposed locked down again till 8th of August and s so far only special flights are available not the normal ones.
 

whyCorona

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This latest tweet from High Commission of Canada in India says expired CoPR holders approved before March 18, 2020 once commercial flights become available. Just a bit more clearer language. Hope they'll be convinced a couple of weeks later. I am wondering why don't they allow us to take repatriation flights under Vande Bharat Mission.
Their response is a copy paste from their FAQs. We cant travel with our expired CoPR or PRV.
 
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2Rxist

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Jul 18, 2013
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Have you tried contacting the embassy/consulate in Kenya? High commission of Canada in South Africa informed me over the phone that Lufthansa and Qatar are functioning for PR and CoPR holders as repatriation flights. They suggested I contact them when I have valid documents (my CoPR is currently expired). They said they will provide a letter permitting travel to airport (we have travel limits in SA) and also to board the plane. I haven't done this yet so I'm not 100% sure it will work out, but am counting on this info for when my CoPR is extended.
I was able to communicate with the embassy office in Kenya via email. I explained our situation, and I actually found a response when I woke up this morning!
In the email, they stated that the office does not produce letters officially, but continued to say that travel should have been allowed and provided contact information for the airline to use. Plan on rebooking the Lufthansa flight, and if they are denied again, we are going to book with another airline.

Caution with Lufthansa Airlines.