Canada is opening up the border to allow extended family members of Canadians, and people crossing the border for compassionate reasons to enter the country starting Oct. 8.
Extended family members who will be able to come to Canada next week include:
These people will not need an essential reason to come to Canada as long as they are staying for more than 15 days, and meet existing eligibility and admissibility requirements. They will also need:
“Like all travellers, extended family members will be subject to all public health measures, including the mandatory 14‑day quarantine period upon arrival in Canada,” according to the IRCC media release. “The final decision on who can enter Canada is made by a border services officer at a port of entry.”
IRCC says more information, such as the definition of extended family, as well as the process and requirements, will be available on October 8. They say that extended family members should not make any travel plans until they have met all requirements and obtained all the necessary authorizations to come to Canada under the new rules.
Foreign nationals will also be able to come to Canada for compassionate reasons, including being present during the final moments of life for a loved one, providing support to critically ill people, and caring for people who require medical support. They may also attend a funeral or end-of-life ceremony.
Though mandatory quarantine rules are still in place, certain people will be able to get a limited release from isolation for compassionate reasons. The limited release from quarantine will also apply to Canadians returning to Canada from abroad.
Information on how to request the exemption for compassionate reasons and limited release from mandatory quarantine will be available on the Public Health Agency of Canada website on October 8. Provinces and territories may have additional requirements.
“The updates announced today respond to the needs of Canadian families who have been separated from their loved ones by international borders, some of whom are facing the most difficult period of their lives,” read a quote attributed to Mendicino in a media release.
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