Mohanad Moetaz - 21 June, 2021
Beginning on June 21, 2021, holders of a valid Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) can now travel to Canada, even if it was issued after March 18, 2020.
Canada has also eased other travel restrictions. Vaccinated individuals will be able to travel to Canada starting on July 5, 2021, without having to quarantine for 14 days, and without being subject to a hotel quarantine.
In addition, Canada has extended the travel ban from India, but is allowing travellers from Pakistan to enter the country.
Holders of a valid COPR can now travel to Canada
Travellers with a valid COPR can travel to Canada beginning June 21, 2021. Travellers who wish to complete their landing in Canada must have a valid COPR document. Those with an expired document will have to renew it before travelling.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will be working with holders of expired COPRs to reissue new documents. More information on when and how to do this will be released in due time.
These individuals will not need to go through the immigration process again.
A COPR is a document that Canada issues to those who have been approved to immigrate to Canada and become permanent residents.
This means that a holder has met all the required criteria, paid their fees and passed health, security and criminality screenings.
Canada easing requirements for fully vaccinated travellers
Fully vaccinated travellers can travel to Canada without being subject to the quarantine requirement beginning July 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. They will not have to stay at a government-approved hotel, and they will also not be required to take a COVID-19 test on day-8.
This includes approved permanent residents with valid COPR documents.
Travellers still need to be exempt from travel restrictions to be allowed into Canada. Those allowed into Canada include Canadians, permanent residents, valid COPR holders, some temporary workers and international students attending a designated learning institution with a COVID-19 readiness plan.
In addition, all travellers to Canada will need to take a COVID-19 test before travelling to Canada, and upon arrival in Canada.
Travellers can show a negative COVID-19 test administered within 72 hours before arriving in Canada, or show a positive COVID-19 test administered between 14 and 90 days prior to travelling to Canada.
Vaccinated travellers have to submit their COVID-19 related information on the ArriveCAN mobile app.
Travel is currently restricted to just four major airports in Canada: Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary.
Canada extends India travel ban
Canada has extended the travel ban for all direct passenger and business flights from India until July 21, 2021. The travel ban was not extended for Pakistan.
The travel ban was introduced in April 22, 2021 amid rising COVID-19 cases in India, particularly of the delta variant.
The ban was set to last for 30 days, until May 22, and was extended another 30 days until June 21.
Only cargo flights carrying vaccines and protective equipment will be allowed into Canada.
Those who wish to travel to Canada from India may still be able to do so. They will need to travel via an indirect route with a long layover in a third country. They will need to get a COVID-19 test from their last point of departure.