As of 11:59 EDT on June 8, 2020, CBSA announced that immediately family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents who are entering Canada to be with an immediate family member, will be exempt from the prohibition on entry to Canada if they are entering for a period of 15 days or more. If a foreign national has COVID-19, has reason to believe they have COVID-19, or exhibits any signs of COVID-19, they will be prohibited from entry.
Foreign nationals who are admitted are subject to the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine and must confirm:
- Where they will quarantine
- Their access to basic necessities (food and medication)
- They will not have contact with vulnerable people (those with pre-existing conditions or over 65 years old).
- If they are in contact with vulnerable people, that person is a consenting adult, or is the parent or minor in a parent-minor relationship
- Provide their contact information to border services upon entry to support compliance and enforcement of the 14-day quarantine requirement
Travellers are expected to make quarantine plans in advance of arriving in Canada. Foreign nationals entering Canada from the U.S., intending to remain in Canada for less than 14 days are also exempt, so long as they are Asymptomatic and their entry is non-discretionary / non-optional and are able to comply with the requirement to self-quarantine
Definition of Family Member
- An immediate family member refers to a person’s:
- spouse or common-law partner;
- dependent child, or a dependent child of the person’s spouse or common-law partner;
- dependent child, of a dependent child
- parent or step-parent or the parent or step-parent of the person’s spouse or common-law partner; or,
- guardian or tutor
Immediate family members of temporary residents, including students, and those on a temporary work permitted are still prohibited from entering Canada. Canadian citizens and permanent residents are free to enter Canada; however, they are subject to COVID-19 entry screening measures.
Prime Minister Trudeau and President Trump jointly implemented a temporary closure of the Canada-U.S. bordersince March 21, 2020 which was extended until June 21, 2020. The