The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a Level Four Travel Health Notice for Canada because of a new flavoring commonly found in foods, called listeria. There is a current outbreak of listeria in Canada, which is spreading quickly across the country. You can read the full Level Four Travel Health Notice here. Until the outbreak is under control, you are advised to avoid all products containing this flavoring, or have your blood tested if already infected.
As per the latest information released by the CFIA, only three of the seven countries affected are currently closed. In addition, there are no entry requirements for travellers wishing to travel to Canada. Travel to Canada is now considered to be possible for those travelling from the USA, and travellers from Europe are now eligible for entry into the country. There is no entry requirements for travellers travelling from New Zealand or other Asian countries.
As previously mentioned, there are no entry requirements to enter Canada. However, there are stringent screening procedures in place for those wishing to travel from the USA to Canada. All international flights to Toronto remain closed as of now. Only those airports in Toronto that support U.S. Customs and Border Protection will allow travelers to enter Canada using an international airport code. Those travelling from any other country must use the International Airport Code for entry into Canada.
Because of the recent outbreak of listeria, all travel to Canada is now considered to be in a state of quarantine. No entry requirements are currently in place for individuals travelling from the USA. For travellers travelling between Canada and the USA, no travel advisories or precautions have been issued. Those travelling from Europe and other locations outside of Canada are still subject to the same listeria restrictions. It is important to note that all airlines operating scheduled flights to Canada now require that you also obtain a copy of your passport in addition to your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292). This additional document is to ensure that you are not travelling with the intent of crossing the border.
Travelling to Canada requires detailed planning. If you are travelling with the intent of crossing the border, you need to be in full understanding of the listeria requirements. Once you arrive in Canada, you will need to follow the same procedure required of all international travellers. You must obtain a registration card, and then show it to the customs officer at the airport upon arrival. This registration card will list your name, address, date of birth, passport number and entry requirements.
Some airports in Canada offer special services for those travelling from the USA. These include verification of identity and admission into Canada without the need for a visa. Some airports also offer specific services for passengers travelling from other countries into Canada. For example, some airports offer pre-arranged trips to areas outside of Toronto. If you have not made an itinerary or reserved your airline tickets, you can arrange these trips through the airport’s online booking services.
If you plan on visiting relatives in Canada and have their permission, you can bring dependents with you on a temporary basis. However, if you are travelling with the intent of entering the country for business purposes, you will have to obtain a permanent resident visa prior to setting foot on Canadian soil. If you are travelling with the intent of Canada immigration, you will need to obtain a work permit. Once you have obtained all of the necessary visas, you will be able to legally enter the country.
If you are arriving by air, ensure that you have the required documentation. If you are crossing the international border, ensure that you have the necessary health insurance. Some crossings have extra security measures in place for those crossing for the first time as well. When travelling from the United States into Canada, use the same crossing that you used on your way into the country.. Many countries have land border crossings between the US and Canada.