Announced today, October 2, 2020 – Students and certain extended family members will soon be allowed to travel to Canada. Whereas foreign nationals who had a study permit application approved on or before March 18, 2020, were exempt from travel restrictions. It is announced today that 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 will be able to travel to Canada.
With these robust protections in place, processes are being introduced to support greater family reunification. Certain extended family members of Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents, including those in an exclusive dating relationship of at least one year and their dependent children, as well as adult children, grandchildren, siblings and grandparents, will soon be able to travel to Canada.
Detailed information on who may qualify as an extended family member and the process and requirements to be eligible to travel to and enter Canada will be available on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website on October 8, 2020. There will be a robust process in place for extended family members, and each traveler will need to apply for and be issued an authorization before they can travel to Canada.