International Travel/Immigration

Although the Canada-US border remains closed for discretionary travel, those with valid work permits will be permitted to travel for work. 

The Government of Canada has introduced further measures to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and its variants in Canada.

Canadians are strongly advised to cancel or postpone non-essential travel plans outside of Canada. Now is not the time to travel.

People who travel by air will face new measures and expenses when they return to Canada. See "Air Traveler Requirements".

The following points outline the current Government of Canada regulations for Foreign Nationals seeking entry into Canada for employment:

  • B.C. TRAVELLERS AND EMPLOYERS ORDER: Stay apprised of changes through the “B.C. Travellers and Employers Order” under the Provincial Health Officer's "Orders, Notices and Guidance".
  • VALID WORK PERMITS: Provided that they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 and that all other immigration admissibility criteria are met, travelers with valid or approved work permits will be permitted to travel (See links below for supporting documentation).  The type of work that is being done in Canada is not relevant for the purpose of determining whether travel is discretionary or non-discretionary. The CBSA has taken steps to ensure that this misconception is dispelled at the ports of entry. Click here for measures in place for foreign nationals in the film and television industry
  • ARRIVAL IN CANADA PROCEDURES: Travelers must still provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test taken up to 72 hours before their scheduled departure time. As of February 21, 2021, at 11:59 pm ET, travellers, unless exempted, will also be required to:
  • reserve a government-authorized hotel for 3 nights prior to departure to Canada (online booking options available)
  • take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival in Canada
  • stay in the government-authorized hotel while awaiting the results of the COVID-19 molecular test taken on arrival
  • pay for the cost of the hotel stay, as well as all associated costs for: food, security, transportation, infection prevention and control measures
  • Travelers must present proof of having reserved and pre-paid for their accommodation through ArriveCAN.
  • Travellers will still be required to complete the remainder of the mandatory 14-day quarantine after their mandatory hotel stopover.

  • 14-DAY QUARANTINE AFTER ARRIVAL PROCEDURES:  In accordance with the existing federal order by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), all travellers must quarantine for 14 days upon entering Canada (in this case British Columbia) and will need to submit a BC self-isolation plan and complete the federal ArriveCAN application for approval prior to their return to B.C., or upon arrival. The B.C. self-isolation plan can either be completed/submitted online or using a paper form (although the recommendation is to complete/submit the form online before travel to B.C.) At this time, PHAC has not identified any alternatives to this measure.  Supporting tools:
  • COVID-19 TESTING FOR AIR TRAVEL: Effective January 6th, 2021, all travellers five years of age or older are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or LAMP test result to their airline prior to boarding international flights to Canada.  The test must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada and must be presented at the time of boarding.  Please refer to the Transport Canada news release for full details.