What You Need to Know Before travelling to Canada
An outbreak of bird flu in Canuckistan has caused travel to Canada to be suspended indefinitely, until further notice. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has issued a Global Health Alert for all travellers to Canada, due to the recent outbreak of bird flu in Canuckistan. For travelers, this is a serious message, as there have been cases of human influenza in recent years in this country. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has released a Global Health Alert for all Canadian residents, passport holders, and visitors visa-free to Canada.
As of now, there have been no new cases of human influenza reported in Canada. However, there have been a number of measures taken by the Canadian government and provincial/territorial health departments to implement travel restrictions and quarantine. In July, the Typhon Viagnosis Act was introduced, empowering health officials to act promptly if they detect a case of influenza within Canada that is not currently present in the province or territory. Similar measures were also implemented in British Columbia, Ontario, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan. The quarantine period is usually three days to five days. For those travelling outside of Canada, a visit to a health care facility is recommended.
With regard to international travel, there are still some specific requirements and policies related to entering Canada. For those travelling from points outside of Canada, there are additional requirements. In addition to having a valid passport, foreign nationals may be required to submit to a face examination before arriving in Canada. In order to avoid delays in the processing of their application, potential travellers are advised to apply early.
There are three main entry points into Canada – the airport, the ferry terminal and the Canadian railroad. Entry into the country may be through one or more of these means. Passengers are required to have a valid passport when travelling between these modes of transportation. As for those travelling from points within Canada, CIBs (Commerce Border Services Officers) will be responsible for inspecting bags and determining whether the contents are originating from Canada or not. All travellers are required to display a valid photo identification card. This card will serve as proof that the person is who they claim to be.
In order to enter Canada through any of the airports or by the ferry, travellers are required to stay in an area of immigration responsibility. For example, if an individual wishes to enter Canada through Toronto’s Yonge and eastgate airport, they are required to remain at that location until the customs officer finds it safe to take them to the waiting bus to either the Canadian border or the airport. Similarly, when travelling between the United States and Canada via the Port of LAX, American travellers are required to stay at the points of entry until the CBSA officer arrives to examine their bags and determine whether or not they are legal entries into the USA.
In cases where an individual does not have a passport or they are unable to present one, they may still be allowed into Canada provided they provide documentary proof of their identity. In addition to presenting identification, they must also prove that they belong to the provinces or states of Canada and that they have a frequent and consistent birth date. Individuals that meet these criteria will be granted admission. In order to apply for entry into the country, an applicant must present proof of citizenship. Some immigrants do not have citizenship and instead present proof of sponsorship. Sponsorship is the way in which people come to Canada as refugees or immigrants and must prove their ability to repay back to Canada if they become eligible to live in the country permanently.
In cases where individuals wish to travel to Canada and are considering crossing the country’s land border to reach it, they must register at a port of entry. They will also need to provide proof of their identity and proof that they have a frequent and consistent birth date. When individuals reach a point in which they wish to apply for entry into the country, they will need to present their identification and a valid travel document. These documents can be from their home country, or from another nation. After reviewing their application, the immigration authorities will determine if they qualify to enter the country or if they require additional processing. Once processed, they will then be transported to a Registration Establishing Office where they will complete all of their paperwork and provide proof of their registration.
In some cases, an immigrant may have to remain in the area after their registration has been approved until they can be sent to their permanent home. To prevent getting caught without documentation while in this situation, it is strongly recommended that individuals review their applications. Even if the application was approved, it is not guaranteed that the immigrant will actually be sent to Canada once they have passed their background and interview requirements. In some cases, individuals who have received a visa but need to travel to Canada within a 12 month time period will have to pass a viral test 1 day before their departure date. This process will help make sure that they do not violate their visa agreement and remain in the country during their stay. For any individuals who are considering travelling to Canada, they should always make sure to review their paperwork and get tested for a hepatitis C virus before departure.