COVID-19 Travel Related Questions
New travel advisories were announced March 16, 2020, March 18, 2020 and March 25, 2020
U.S. – Canada joint initiative: Temporary restriction of travelers crossing the U.S.-Canada border for non-essential purposes
Financial Assistance for Canadians outside Canada
- Eligible Canadians currently outside Canada who need financial assistance can contact the nearest Government of Canada office or Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at +1 613-996-8885 (call collect where available) or CAN.finances.CV19@international.gc.ca.
- FAQs for emergency loan program: https://travel.gc.ca/assistance/emergency-info/financial-assistance/covid-19-financial-help-faqs
- Returning after March 12 – Effective March 12, all travellers returning from outside Canada must self-isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms.
Should I be cancelling my travel plans because of COVID-19?
- An official global travel advisory is in effect: Avoid non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice.
- Canadians arriving back from international travel must self isolate for 14 days.
- The Government of Canada is advising that Canadians avoid all travel on cruise ships due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, until further notice.
I am currently outside of Canada. Should I be returning home to Canada earlier than planned?
- Canadians travelling outside of Canada in need of emergency consular assistance can contact Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at +1 613 996 8885 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visitors to Canada
- Travel for the purpose of obtaining immigration services is non-essential. If you are in Canada, and are seeking to travel to the border in order to make an application for a work permit, study permit or permanent residence, you are asked to consider federal and provincial guidelines for self-isolation and social distancing. Do not travel to the border for these services until further notice. If you are currently in Canada as a visitor, student or worker, you can apply online to IRCC to extend your temporary resident status. By doing so, you can continue to stay, study or work in Canada while your application is being processed. This is referred to as implied status, and as long as you apply before your current document expires, your current immigration authorizations and conditions remain unchanged. In-Canada services are available through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
Information about national parks
- Parks Canada is calling on Canadians to support the national effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and stay home.
- The Agency is temporarily suspending all motor vehicle access by visitors at all national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas effective 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, until further notice. All visitor services remain suspended and all visitor facilities remain closed.
- This means that all parking lots, vehicle services, trails, washrooms, day use facilities, showers, visitor centres, and all camping facilities, including oTENTiks, yurts and backcountry camping, are closed until further notice.
- Highways and roadways which pass through Parks Canada places will remain open. Parks Canada will limit its activities to basic critical operations.