Important Information on Travel to Canada

If you are entering Canada by boat, all travellers need to have an eTA while arriving in Canada. If you are travelling between Canada and the United States, there is an existing international airport that you can use for crossing into the United States. If you are travelling by road, you first need to acquire a Global Entry visa before you cross into Canada. There is no special needs or paperwork required. However, some airlines do require specific documents. These include a passport or health insurance card and a valid Canadian driver’s license.

Travel to Canada

The current immigration and travel restrictions against Mexicanicans, Chinese, and South Koreans are due to the implementation of the Shared Management Program. This is in force as of July 1st, 2021. While the majority of Canadians and citizens of other countries do not have an issue with these three groups, those who are entering Canada from these countries need to be mindful of the quarantines in place. All travelling outside of quarantined areas must obtain a temporary visa from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement division. The main reason for this is to ensure that travellers meet all of the entry requirements of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

In order to facilitate the influx of immigrants into Canada from these four countries, the federal government has implemented a mandatory quarantining period. The duration of the quarantine period depends on the risk of infection and can range from one week to six months. Those travelling from these four countries are required to undergo a detailed screening before they are allowed to enter Canada. The screening process includes a thorough examination of the traveller’s medical history, previous departure and arrival points, security threats, as well as country of citizenship. These details are shared with Canadian customs and Immigration officials to ensure that travellers are not carrying contagious diseases that could pose a risk to the general population of Canada.

As per the current regulations, anyone travelling to Canada between now and the month of March of each year must apply for a CIBT. A CIBT is a specialized certificate that contains biometric information that can be used to identify individuals. This biometric data is considered to be a vital record for immigration purposes. The CBP additionally reminds Canadian citizens that all travelling outside of the continental US is subject to the provisions of the Canada Border Services Regulations (CBRS).

The CBP additionally reiterates the fact that anyone travelling outside of Canada is required to obtain a CIBT if travelling from the United States. The primary difference is that the CIBT is a six month residency requirement while the six-month US residency requirement is only for those travelling from the United States. The CBP reminds Canadian citizens that if they are travelling outside of their country of citizenship, that they must first obtain CIBTs before travelling outside of Canada. The primary objective of the CIBT is to keep Canadian residents safer by identifying and keeping track of individuals that may have either criminal records in other countries or may not have one.

As per the current regulations, once a person has obtained a CIBT, they may not leave the country without a Government of Canada visa (GUS). Anyone travelling to Canada without a GUS will be required to quarantine themselves until the month of April of each year. The CBP cautions Canadian citizens that they may face arrest and detainment if they are found to have entered Canada without a GUS. As well, if a person travelling to Canada is found to have a CIBT and a valid passport, they are not permitted to make re-entry into the country. If an individual has both a CIBT and a valid passport, they are permitted to make re-entry into the country.

In accordance with the recent policy changes, an individual who is travelling with their children (under 18 years of age) may now travel without a CIBT. Children who will be travelling with immediate family members require a CIBT so that they are not returned to their home country to face quarantine. For additional information on when a person may travel without a CIBT or to learn about the current regulations for Travelling to Canada with your immediate family, you should contact the Crisis Operations Centre (COC).

To apply for a CIBT, a person must fill out an application form available on the Canadian Immigration website. After filing their form, they will be provided with the necessary documents to complete their application for a CIBT. The application process takes approximately two weeks to complete. Once the application has been filed, the applicant can expect to receive a CIBT within one to four weeks depending on their location and length of stay in Canada. The CBP will then send them a verification letter confirming that they have received the application and informing them of their decision to accept their CIBT.