Travel to Canada – Quarantine and Quarantines
The need to self-isolation in Canada on return to the UK is in force. See detailed advice on entering or exiting the UK. Travel to Canada may be restricted, except for permanent resident, temporary foreign workers, Canadian citizens or permanent residents and their immediate family, as long as they remain in Canada. Travel to Canada may also be subject to exit entry requirements. Entry into Canada is normally restricted, except for permanent resident, temporary foreign workers, Canadian citizens or permanent residents, their immediate family and international travel tourists, as long as they remain in Canada.
It takes about fifteen days from the date of departure from the UK to get a passport stamped in Canada. It also requires registration with the Canadian Immigration authorities. For those who are not permanent residents of Canada and who have left the country for less than six months, they require a temporary visa. The visa is usually good for a period of one month to one year, depending on the type of entry and if it is renewable.
Permanent residents of Canada can enter Canada by following the procedures documented in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, as amended from time to time. There is a three-month waiting period after arrival, after which one can apply for an immigrant visa. International visitors who are eligible for citizenship status can also apply for citizenship and permanent residency. The same applies to temporary visitors who enter Canada by crossing the border through the Port of Leamington.
In addition to being able to enter Canada by using the airports in Toronto and Montreal, there is another option for travelers. Some international airlines offer door-to-door service between Canada and the United States. This service is usually arranged through the American Consulate in Vancouver. However, this service is quite expensive and many foreign nationals who want to travel to Canada may shy away from this option due to security risks. For those who are concerned about traveling through a border, the safest way to enter Canada is by using a private airline.
As with any country, travel to Canada requires vaccinations for several types of diseases. A travel advisory from the Canadian Immigration Service notes, “Travellers coming to Canada must present valid proof of immunization before embarking on travel to Canada.” These immunizations are required for travellers entering Canada, whether they are permanent residents or visiting for less than six months. Two recommended immunizations are immunizations for diphtheria, meningitis, rubella, hepatitis A, rabies, septicemia, typhoid and travellers on peace tours.
Another travel advisory notes that ” travellers travelling to Canada should be mindful of the possibility of the seasonal risks of the disease Japanese encephalitis, avian conjunctivitis and Lassa virus. The Japanese encephalitis vaccine is also available to foreign nationals, but not to resident visa holders. Travelers to Canada should have their own copy of the vaccination card issued at the airport upon arrival in Canada. Those arriving in the province of Ontario should bring a copy of this card.”
A Canadian traveling to Canada should be aware that there are certain dangerous animals that can affect entry into the country. The most common are the black bear, which is considered dangerous and a threat to tourists’ safety. There have also been reports of wolves in the province of Quebec. Travelers who travel to Canada should also be aware that there is currently a Catching High Risk Species Act in place in Canada that aims to protect exotic mammals that have been introduced into the country’s wildlife. While the purpose of the act is to protect Canadian citizens, it is still important for tourists and immigrants to pay attention to this act and report any unusual sightings to authorities.
Travellers who travel to Canada should keep in mind that while there is some sort of quarantine program in place, it is not a full-scale program. Travellers should avoid using taxis or ride-sharing services so as to reduce the chances of being contaminated. Travelers should take care when eating or handling any produce that they come across in Canada, especially if it comes from a far away source. Travelers can obtain information on their customs duties by contacting the Immigration, Customs and Border Services Canada (ICS Canada) or International Travel Regulations (ITR).