Travel to Canada is very popular for many Americans looking to experience some sunshine in the mid-west. There are a number of reasons why an American may choose to travel to Canada. Many choose to do so as a way to save money on airfare, accommodations, and travel insurance. However, airfare can be one of the most expensive elements of travel to Canada.
Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a level 4 Travel Health Warning for Canada because of Cigar-related virus detection. Canada has temporarily lifted the stay at home orders, lifted express travel, and ramped up business travel. At this time there are no travel restrictions affecting Canadian citizens but travellers are advised to seek travel advice promptly.
The majority of travellers entering Canada will first enter from the United States. Approximately half will use a crossing between the US and Canada via the US Customs Border Crossing at Otsego, New York. Passengers that wish to enter Canada by land must first pass through the Immigration checkpoint at the Champlain Bridge crossing before proceeding to enter the country. Visitors who wish to enter via air must also pass through the Immigration checkpoint at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is possible for individuals with a US Visa to still visit Canada by crossing the border if they have their visa cards with them.
Persons travelling to Canada by plane will need to obtain a temporary resident visa (TR Visa). These can be obtained at any of the over three hundred foreign nationals selection offices across the country. Once obtained, the applicant can apply for a permanent resident visa by presenting their TR Visa. In addition to the application for a TR visa, a person travelling to Canada by land or air must also obtain a passport for the duration of their stay. A passport is required for all international travel except for emergency travel. Temporary resident status and citizenship are not granted when travelling outside of Canada.
Canadian authorities are very strict when it comes to immigration and can ban a foreign national from entering the country for up to two years. There are also several other types of immigration restrictions for those travelling to Canada. Those travelling to Canada by plane require special clearance fees to be paid. There are also several other types of immigration restrictions that only Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada may enter the country.
There are also several other requirements that must be met before a person can successfully enter the country. Before travelling to Canada, it is important to ensure that you are fully vaccinated and are immunized against common diseases in both countries. All foreign nationals, including Permanent Residents of Canada must submit to a health examination. Health officials examine these applicants to ensure that they are not suffering from contagious diseases that would make them a danger to the general public.
As well as adhering to all of the aforementioned immigration and quarantine requirements, all foreign nationals, including those travelling to Canada by airplane, are required to see a Canadian Immigration officer at designated points in the country. Points where there are Canadian immigration officers are at airports, seaports and Canadian consular offices. Foreign nationals are required by law to apply for a temporary resident visa once they arrive in the country. Once the applicant has met all of the immigration and travel requirements, they will be allowed to enter the country. If at any point in the process you feel that there is a problem, it is important to contact the designated officers immediately.
If a foreign national does not meet the above immigration and quarantine requirements and enters Canada by plane, they must first apply for a temporary resident visa. The applicant can then proceed to apply for a permanent resident visa if they meet all of the other immigration and travel requirements. Once a permanent resident visa has been issued, the applicant may then apply for citizenship. However, before arriving in Canada and requesting citizenship, all foreign nationals are required to have undergone a fully vaccinated face-to-face assessment by a Canadian immunization expert. For more information on obtaining a permanent resident visa, please visit the Canadian Immigration Services website.