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

This week’s special newsletter provides an overview of notable changes in Canadian immigration including all measures directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are the most important news since the beginning of the pandemic and travel restrictions as of October 14, 2021

The U.S. land border will be open to fully vaccinated Canadian travellers starting in November

Vaccinated Canadians will be able to travel to the U.S. by land or ferry starting in November for non-essential purposes (tourism, family travel, etc.). This measure also applies to the Mexican land border. For the moment no official date has been announced.

As of January 2022, all persons traveling to the United States by land or ferry will have to be fully vaccinated. More information should follow in the coming weeks. As a reminder, since the beginning of the pandemic, Canadians were allowed to travel by air to the United States regardless of their vaccination status.

It should be noted that as of November 30, 2021, all travellers in Canada will have to be fully vaccinated to be able to board a plane. These people will no longer be able to leave Canada without having a complete vaccination schedule.

Vaccination obligation does not apply to trips considered “essential”

  • The vaccine requirement does not apply to travel deemed “essential.”
  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents ;
  • Individuals traveling for medical purposes ;
  • Students
  • Foreign workers ;
  • Workers traveling for public health purposes;
  • Persons engaged in lawful cross-border trade (truck drivers);
  • Military and government personnel.

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