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Canada travel restrictions and coronavirus (COVID-19): latest updates

By Admin | Europe Permit | 0 Comments No major changes Canada’s COVID-19 travel restrictions have been implemented so far in October. However, there have been two important updates which may impact those travelling to Canada, as well as those in Canada travelling abroad.

1. The United States will open their borders to fully vaccinated travellers as of November 8: The U.S. border re-opening applies to the U.S.-Canada land border, as well as to air travel to the U.S. All vaccines approved in Canada, including mixed dose vaccines, will be accepted by the United States. However, Canadian residents travelling to the U.S. should bear in mind that Canada continues to require proof of a negative COVID-19 test for re-entry — even for fully vaccinated Canadians re-entering the country (full details below). This means that any Canadian residents travelling to the U.S. should plan ahead to get a COVID-19 test for their re-entry to Canada.

2. Is Canada creating a vaccine passport for international travel? All of Canada’s provinces and territories have been using different systems to show proof of vaccination, but soon the federal government will be introducing a national standard for proof of vaccination. On October 21, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the federal government will be collaborating with the provinces to issue a standardized “proof of vaccination” for all vaccinated persons. Trudeau is “very confident” that the new documentation, essentially serving as a vaccine passport for international travel, will be accepted worldwide.

The new national standard for vaccine passports is already available in some provinces and territories across Canada and is expected to roll out nationwide in the weeks and months ahead. Until Canadian residents receive their new proof of vaccination, they can continue to use the proof issued by their province or territory.

Trudeau’s announcement comes as most provinces and territories across Canada already require proof of vaccination for certain activities. As well, as of October 30, proof of vaccination will be mandatory on domestic flights and VIA Rail trains within Canada, and Canadian cruise ships.

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As a global power, the United Kingdom has the motivation and resources to influence how the international community responds to humanitarian crises, security challenges, and other human rights and geopolitical issues. The United Kingdom’s foreign policy prioritizes human rights, democracy, and the rule of law.

2015/16 thematic Priorities:

In 2014-15, the FCO supported more than 70 projects in more than 40 countries; looking ahead to 2015-16, we can only expect those numbers to rise.

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Our Capabilities For Visa & Immigration

In 2014-15, the FCO supported more than 70 projects in more than 40 countries; looking ahead to 2015-16, we can only expect those numbers to rise. We are eager to receive bids for creative initiatives that address our ongoing human rights concerns and respond to global trends as the opportunity for new project proposals opens. .

Due to the emergence of extreme rhetoric, the expanding involvement of business in human rights, and the reduction of civil society space, a number of our thematic objectives – Freedom of Religion or Belief, Business and Human Rights, and Freedom of Expression – are taking on even more importance.

Health insurance: Make sure you’re covered

During a public health crisis, you should make sure that you are covered by health insurance. Cross-reference against your immigration status below to learn more about your situation.

Also, be sure to check with the health authorities in your province to see if there are any exceptional measures in place for COVID-19. Ontario, for example, has expanded OHIP coverage in order to ensure more people have access to testing and treatment.

Canadian citizens / Permanent residents

Canadian citizens and permanent residents are entitled to Canada’s publicly funded universal health care system. However, you should ensure that you are properly registered for the correct program. Health care is organized at the provincial/territorial level. If you’re not already registered or if you’re unsure if you’re registered, please check with your provincial health authority.

New arrivals to Canada (past three months)

If you have arrived in Canada within the past three months, you may not yet be covered by provincial health coverage. Check this guide to see the situation for your province. If you are not yet eligible for provincial coverage, you should consider purchasing private insurance coverage until you become eligible for the provincial coverage.

International Experience Canada (IEC)

If you are on an IEC work permit, including the Working Holiday Program, you will have purchased mandatory health insurance as a part of your application. Verify with your provider to ensure that you are covered for this situation.

Temporary Workers

If you are on a job-offer based work permit, your employer should have worked with you to ensure you have health care coverage, either through accessing the provincial health care plan, or through private insurance. If you are unsure if you’re covered, please verify with your employer.

International students

As an international student, you should have access to health care coverage either through mandatory insurance required by your educational institution or through access to your provincial health plan. If you are unsure, please verify with your school.

Employment Insurance (EI)

Canada’s Employment Insurance (EI) program provides benefits to eligible workers who have lost employment through no fault of their own as well as to workers who can no longer work due to sickness, quarantine, or injury. During the coronavirus health crisis, Canada has implemented special measures to increase access to EI for those in Canada who need it most.

EI is one of many resources available to people in Canada experiencing financial difficulties due to COVID-19. For more information, please refer to our guide on the special financial measures introduced in Canada to assist workers, families, and businesses during the public health crisis.

Mental wellness

This is a challenging time for everyone in Canada. Go easy on yourself as you adjust to this new style of living. 

We have a few resources for those of you looking for ways to boost your mental wellness.

Diet & Nutrition: Diet is an incredibly important component of mental health. Use your time at home to experiment with new recipes and ensure that you and your loved ones are getting the nutrition you need.

Exercise: Even if you’re stuck at home, you can still find ways to exercise. 

Therapy: It’s 2021. If you’re having negative thoughts and you want help, there is absolutely no shame in seeking therapy. Many therapists offer remote therapy sessions. Contact a therapist in your area to see if this is an option for you. As well, in recent years popular apps like TalkSpace and BetterHelp have brought therapy into the digital realm, through texts and other digital communication.

Meditation & Mindfulness: Taking a few minutes to breathe, relax, and reflect, can help you mentally prepare for the day and week to come. Apps like Calm and HeadSpace can help guide you through exercises for being mindful and present.

Share your experiences with our community

If you’re looking to connect with others who are experiencing the challenges of COVID-19 as newcomers in Canada, check out our community on Facebook. Not only do we operate our Moving2Canada Facebook page, but we also have Facebook forums for Permanent Residents in Canada and for Working Holiday Participants.