The Canadian government recently announced that all foreign nationals holding a valid Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) may enter the country starting June 21.

Key Points:

  • All foreign nationals holding a valid COPR may travel to Canada from any location as of June 21.
    • Under previous rules, foreign nationals with a valid COPR issued on or before March 18,2020, were exempt from Canada’s COVID-19 entry restrictions. Those with a valid COPR issued after March 18, 2020, could only travel to Canada if they met another exemption or were coming from the U.S. to settle permanently in Canada.
  • Individuals holding an expired COPR should not book flights or attempt to travel to Canada until they receive a valid card.
    • More information will be published on the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) website in the coming weeks regarding how applicants can obtain a new COPR.

Additional Information: All individuals, including permanent residents, traveling to Canada must comply with the COVID-19 travel requirements and adhere to the flying or driving to Canada requirements checklists. The change regarding COPR holders is one of the many steps Canada is taking to open its borders to more international travelers. Early this month, the Canadian government announced that it would reduce travel restrictions and open its borders to fully vaccinated Canadian citizens, permanent residents and foreign nationals on July 6. Information regarding which foreign nationals are permitted to travel to Canada is found here.

BAL Analysis: The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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