Like many countries around the world, Canada has its own travel advisory issued every now and then, warning travelers of current incidents that are transpiring. For travelers in particular, a travel warning can be an unpleasant surprise, particularly if one is going to be away from home for an extended period of time. However, Canada has long been known for its safety record and a travel advisory today reiterates that fact. It is important, nonetheless, to view the contents of such advisories critically.
Because of the current political situation in Canada, all travelers must now avoid all travel to Canada except when exempted (such as through a visa.) From now on, all travelers must wear a face mask, keep 6 feet from other people, avoid crowds, and washed their hands thoroughly. A recent advisory reminds Canadian residents traveling abroad that they must also be aware of health risks and concerns, such as those associated with travelling to Canada by plane. There have been no reported deaths or serious health issues identified via this alert.
In light of this latest travel advisory, Canadian officials have reminded Canadian citizens that they need to be aware of their rights and obligations when crossing the border into the country. These include their rights to enter Canada for a permanent resident reasons. In addition, they are required to respect the laws of Canada and they cannot hold more than three nationalities. They cannot work in the Canada Forces or in any Canadian federal agencies.
As per the Canadian Immigration Services website, if a person is not eligible for entry into Canada as a permanent resident, or does not have indefinite status or after six months of continuously being a resident of Canada, they may still be eligible to make use of the points system and apply for status as a temporary resident. These points are calculated based on the applicant’s date of birth, spouse’s date of birth, and their citizenship status. Points are not only awarded to those with a year of residence in Canada. Other criteria must be met as well.
If a person registered with the Canadian Immigration Services cannot find proof of their citizenship status in Canada within three years of arriving in the country, they will be required to go through a process to prove their identity. To achieve this, a certified copy of their birth certificate is required. Another requirement is that a person registered with the Canadian Immigration Services must provide evidence that they are the owner of a property in Canada. A person who enters Canada as a permanent resident does not need to have proof of ownership of property, as long as they can prove their identity. All these requirements are met if a person is approved for visa entry as a temporary resident of Canada.
Of course, there are several other types of reasons to travel to Canada for both work and pleasure. Traveling between states can be very dangerous and many foreign nationals do choose to enter Canada through the border crossing points that are available in the two main provinces, Quebec and Ontario. These crossings have different rules for entry into the country so that foreign nationals can be issued a visa and proceed to enter Canada. For those interested in travelling between the United States and Canada or even within the same country, there are specific routes that must be followed for each country.
Anyone traveling outside of their own country must first get tested with a viral test at an approved testing centre before they can proceed to another country. Those travelling outside of their own country need to ensure that they have also passed their local language fluency requirement before coming to Canada. A few months after arriving in Canada must travel to an authorized testing centre for a final confirmation. There are several provinces where people can test for Canadian citizenship and if the citizenship test is failed then the person will need to obtain a visa in order to remain in the country.
When you have all of your documentation ready and completed it’s time to arrange your visa, passport and registration. The visa and passport requirements vary depending on the country you are entering Canada from but most of the time you must have your passport for at least six months while you are awaiting your permanent visa. Once you have arrived in the country you are welcome to stay and explore all that Canada has to offer, but you should follow all of the travel advice given by their border services officer and get vaccinated before you travel to Canada.