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EXEO Attorneys | Immigration U.S. & Canada, November 2021

This month’s newsletter provides an overview of recent changes in Canadian and American immigration including all measures directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here are the most recent news since the beginning of the pandemic and travel restrictions as of November 23, 2021

Canadians exempt from PCR testing for travel of less than 72 hours as of November 30

Canadians travelling outside the country by air or land for less than 72 hours will be exempt from having to present a negative test for COVID-19 to Canadian border authorities.

This exemption applies only to fully vaccinated Canadian citizens and permanent residents. They will have to adequately demonstrate that they have been out of the country for less than 72 hours, in addition to providing proof of full vaccination.

Foreign nationals wishing to enter Canada will continue to be required to provide a negative molecular test for COVID-19 at the air and land border, regardless of the length of time they are in Canada.

Vaccination requirement for all travellers leaving Canada as of November 30

As of November 30, 2021, all travellers wishing to leave Canada by air must be adequately vaccinated. These individuals will no longer be able to leave Canada without a complete vaccination schedule.

To date, the authorized vaccines are the following:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson

The U.S. land border has been open to fully vaccinated Canadian travellers since November 8

Vaccinated Canadians can travel to the U.S. by land or water since November 8 for non-essential purposes (tourism, family travel, etc). This measure also applies to the Mexican land border.

Beginning in January 2022, people traveling to the U.S. by land or ferry will need to be fully vaccinated. More information should follow in the coming weeks.

Quebec will welcome more than 70,000 immigrants in 2022

The Quebec government recently announced its commitment to offset the decline in immigration over the past two years by welcoming more than 70,000 immigrants to Quebec by 2022.

“Immigration is currently an essential and indispensable solution to the labour shortage.” The government has high hopes that this increase will strengthen Quebec’s economic recovery.

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