Travel to Canada

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC) has issued a new Level 4 Travel Safety Notice for Canada because of the recently discovered West Nile virus. This disease is one of the highest recorded travel virus outbreaks in history. The current Travel Safety Notice only states that travelers should be aware of the virus and look out for symptoms of West Nile in Canada. However, visit the Canadian Embassy’s COVID -19 page for updated information on West Nile.

Travel to Canada

The notice states that travellers should avoid all Canadian areas bordering the United States at airports or by train while their vaccinations for Hepatitis A or Hepatitis B are in process. It also advises travellers to report any possible exposure to the virus to the nearest medical clinic in Canada, whether or not they have traveled to the country. Travellers should arrange advance air travel if possible and contact their travel physician or health care provider before traveling to Canada to receive further advice. If you have already arrived in Canada and are concerned about symptoms of the West Nile virus, contact the Public Health Agency in Canada toll free at 1-1 HELPLINK or their local helpline. The agency can also be reached through their website.

Travel to Canada is controlled by the laws of Canada and all travellers need to obtain a passport upon arriving in the country. However, the laws do not restrict citizens from bringing persons of their own country to Canada once they have obtained their passport. Only Canadian citizens who have valid travel documents such as a passport are allowed to enter the country. These measures were put in place to prevent contagious diseases crossing the border into Canada and travellers from the United States and other countries from bringing contagious diseases into Canada.

All international airports in Canada now have a customs and immigration check-in desk where travellers will be required to show proof of citizenship or immigration status when embarking on travelling to Canada from the United States or other countries. There are specific guidelines on when you should arrive and depart from the airport so travellers are advised to check with the airlines about the dates of their flights and the arrival and departure time for arrival and departure. Travellers are advised that they need to have all of their necessary vaccinations and documents in hand before travelling to Canada. It is important to have all of these items on board when travelling to Canada.

Travellers may require a passport or a temporary resident visa to visit Canada if they are not eligible for entry under the Immigration and Nationality Act. There are three types of entry that are available to Canadian residents; entry through the Canada Immigration Express Entry system, nomination of country of citizenship or admission as a private immigrant and application for citizenship certificate. Obtaining an exemption is one of the ways to reduce the cost of entering Canada. All applicants for an exemption must first apply for a permanent residence under the Federal Economic Activities Regulations.

As a result, there are differences in the eligibility requirements for permanent resident status and citizenship for Canadian citizens. A Canadian citizen who is at least 18 years of age and has a job or is eligible to receive income support is considered a protected person in the Canada Immigration System. Protected persons include: family members, dependent relatives, Partners in a conjugal relationship, children, members of the visible minorities including aboriginals and First Nations people. Immigrant workers, express entry applicants, trade workers, unemployed persons, temporary residents, workers with disabilities, unemployed persons applying for the Federal Skilled Worker Program and Canadian Experience Class participants are protected persons in the system.

Protected persons who do not qualify for the Canadian citizenship or for the relief category described above can apply for an exception under the Canada Immigration Program. To obtain an exception, an applicant must demonstrate that one of the reasons for his or her stay in Canada is that of a protected person. The most common protected person categories are family members, employment opportunities, country of birth, grounds of immigration otherwise than removal, citizenship, previous residence, financial resources and benefits, and related grounds. The applicant also needs to apply for an extended family members visa (ELIS) or a temporary resident visa (TRV).

In addition, there are two more routes available for travel to Canada: the express entry system and the quarantine system. Express entry requires the processing of candidates into the program before they can apply for eligibility for admission. Quarantine is a points system based system that limits the number of immigrating individuals to a particular community or region. To access the Canadian quarantine system, a mobile app for Canadian Quarantine is required from the provider. As for the application procedure, applicants need to download the free mobile app.