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New Rules For Family Reunification Travel

The Government of Canada has announced changes to border measures that will allow for the reunification or travel of certain groups of people separated by pandemic travel restrictions. The new measures will cover the following groups:

  • Certain extended family members of Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents, including those in an exclusive dating relationship of at least 1 year and their dependent children, as well as adult children, grandchildren, siblings, and grandparents.
  • Foreign nationals to enter Canada for compassionate reasons in specific circumstances, such as reuniting with a Canadian that has a life-threatening illness, critical injury, or to attend a funeral.
  • International students, starting October 20, 2020, if they will be attending a designated learning institution that has been identified by their provincial or territorial government as having a COVID‑19 readiness plan in place.

For those visiting someone who may pass away soon, there is the potential for an early release from the 14-day mandatory quarantine.

Travelers should not make any travel plans until they have met all requirements and obtained all necessary authorizations to come to Canada under the new rules.

More information on these changes will be released in the coming days and can be found on the Government of Canada website here: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2020/10/government-introduces-new-border-measures-to-protect-canadian-public-health-provides-update-on-travel-restrictions.html

Information on eligibility and the process for travel and entry to Canada for compassionate reasons will be available on October 8, 2020, on the Public Health Agency of Canada’s website, canada.ca/coronavirus.

I hope you find this information helpful. – Bruce