If you are planning a trip across the border into Canada, you need to know what to expect. Most travellers will find that there are still many gaps in the crossing between the United States and Canada. Below, you will find out about the typical passport processing times that you will face when travelling to Canada.
In most cases, the United States-Alberta border is closed to all non-essential travel, including commercial travel. At the five main crossing points, all other travel is prohibited until Wednesday, April 14, though that date is expected to be Extended. On all other occasions, you must travel via the provincial express lanes within Canada or by way of the private road. The major exception to this rule is when you cross into Alberta from the United States. The remaining journey requires travelling on a provincial road.
While the majority of travellers still have free access to the United States, some do not. The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade does not advise against travelling between Canada and the United States for fourteen days or less unless otherwise authorized. Travelling for fourteen days or less is considered a non-discretionary purpose. There are still specific reasons that can keep a traveller out of Canada for fourteen days or less. In addition to this, there are specific reasons for people to stay away from both Canada and the United States, including security and consular issues.
For those individuals travelling from the United States, there are some specific requirements that they must meet before entering Canada. These include: obtain a passport; show proof of citizenship or immigration status; provide health insurance, including medical insurance while travelling; and be in possession of an itinerary showing their intended route. These requirements are meant as a safety net for those who may be denied entry to either country due to health or immigration issues. In addition to these requirements, there are still other conditions that are unique to each country’s immigration laws.
While health and travel precautions are the norm when crossing the border, there are still some issues that can occur. For example, travellers who are from the United States should obtain a quarantined entry visa before travelling to Canada. A quarantined entry visa is a legal document that allows you to enter Canada and remain here for fourteen days or more, provided that you meet the entry criteria. This type of visa is only available if the United States government is not preventing entry into Canada via the United States; this includes requests of humanitarian and personal reasons.
If a traveller does not have a quarantined entry visa, they may wish to consider applying for an EHIC or Electronic Health Insurance Card. To apply for an EHIC, a traveller must first register with the Canadian visa agency provided by the Canadian Immigration Department. Once registered, the applicant can access their registry to find out if they have already applied for an EHIC and, if so, to what country they have applied to. Once a traveller has obtained an EHIC card, they will be able to receive treatment for any pre-existing condition in any Canadian hospital that accepts health care from the Canadian Hospitality Service (CHS). This service is only offered to persons who are not prohibited from entering Canada under the Canada Immigration Act.
While a visitor can apply for an EHIC, they will also need to register with the Canadian Immigrant Information Centre (IRCC) before travelling to Canada. Anyone who wishes to register with the IRCC must first complete and submit an application. The application can be done online using the IRCC’s online application service. However, applicants should ensure that they provide the correct information so that their application will be processed properly.
A traveller who has obtained an EHIC will need to quarantine themselves in case of a contagious disease. This means that they must quarantine themselves from anyone else who is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Anyone who is planning to travel to Canada needs to know that a traveller cannot bring an air embosser or any other foreign healthcare device into Canada. Anyone who wishes to visit Canada for fourteen days or more must also register with the Canadian Immigration Agency.