Canada’s border remains closed but foreign diplomats, consular officers, officials and their immediate family members have been added to the list of exempt travellers.
The new exemption applies to foreign nationals who have diplomatic acceptance on their passports, a consular acceptance, or an official acceptance issued by the Chief of Protocol for Global Affairs Canada. They must be an accredited diplomat, consular officer, representative or official of a foreign country, of the United Nations or any of its agencies or of any international organization of which Canada is a member.
Foreign representatives can now come to Canada to get accredited by Global Affairs Canada and resume their postings. All are required to get a temporary resident visa (TRV) before they travel to Canada under the current restrictions.
TRVs must be coded “D-1” or “O-1” to signal to border officers that the passport holder is entitled to diplomatic, consular, or official privileges.
Canada’s travel restrictions currently do not apply to family members who are staying for more than 15 days, skilled workers, and students who were approved before March 18 and must study in Canada. Travellers must also demonstrate to the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) that they are travelling for an essential reason in order to be allowed into Canada.
Canada has broadened the definition of “immediate family” during the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to spouses, common-law partners, dependent children and grandchildren, immediate family includes:
People who enter Canada from abroad must still quarantine themselves unless they fall under one of the following exemptions:
Canada’s border is still closed to foreign travellers until July 31. The Canada-U.S. border is now closed until August 21.
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