Order in Council: COVID-19 Travel restrictions (outside Canada-USA)

All the details. Will post Canada-USA when issued:

PC Number: 2020-0157

Date: 2020-03-18


Whereas the Governor in Council is of the opinion that

(a) based on the declaration of a pandemic by the World Health Organisation, there is an outbreak of a communicable disease, namely COVID-19 coronavirus disease, in the majority of foreign countries;

(b) the introduction or spread of the disease would pose an imminent and severe risk to public health in Canada;

(c) the entry of persons into Canada who have recently been in a foreign country may introduce or contribute to the spread of the disease in Canada; and

(d) no reasonable alternatives to prevent the introduction or spread of the disease are available;

Therefore, Her Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Health, pursuant to section 58 of the Quarantine Act, makes the annexed Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada).

Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease in Canada Order (Prohibition of Entry into Canada)

Definition of immediate family member  

1 In this Order, immediate family member, in respect of a person means

(a)  the spouse or common-law partner of the person;

(b)  a dependent child of the person or of the person’s spouse or common-law partner; or

(c) a dependent child of a dependent child referred to in paragraph (b)‍.

Prohibition

2 Any foreign national, as defined in subsection 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, is prohibited from entering Canada if they arrive by means of an aircraft from a foreign country.

Non-application

3 Section 2 does not apply to

(a) a person who has been only in the United States or Canada during the period of 14 days before the day on which they arrived in Canada;

(b) an immediate family member of a Canadian citizen or of a permanent resident as defined in subsection 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;

(c) a person registered as an Indian under the Indian Act;

(d) a person who is authorized, in writing, by a consular officer of the Government of Canada to enter Canada for the purpose of reuniting immediate family members;

(e) a crew member as defined in subsection 101.01(1) of the Canadian Aviation Regulations;

(f) a person who is exempt from the requirement to obtain a temporary resident visa under paragraph 190(2)(a) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations and the immediate family members of that person;

(g) a person who enters Canada at the invitation of the Minister of Health for the purpose of assisting in the COVID-19 coronavirus disease response;

(h) a person who arrives by means of an aircraft operated by the Canadian Forces or the Department of National Defence;

(i) a member of the Canadian Forces or a visiting force as defined in section 2 of the Visiting Forces Act and the immediate family members of that member;

(j) a protected person within the meaning of subsection 95(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;

(k) a French citizen who resides in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon and has been only in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, the United States or Canada during the period of 14 days before the day on which they arrived in Canada;

(l) a person or any person in a class of persons who, in the opinion of Chief Public Health Officer appointed under subsection 6‍(1) of the Public Health Agency of Canada Act

(i) does not pose a risk of significant harm to public health, or

(ii) will provide an essential service while in Canada;

(m) a person whose presence in Canada, in the opinion of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration or the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, is in the national interest; or

(n) a person who arrives by means of an aircraft, if the scheduled arrival in Canada according to the flight plan is before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on March 18, 2020.

Powers and obligations

4 For greater certainty, this Order does not affect any of the powers and obligations set out in the Quarantine Act.

Effective period

5 This Order has effect for the period beginning at noon Eastern Daylight Time on March 18, 2020 and ending at noon Eastern Daylight Time on June 30, 2020.

Source:https://orders-in-council.canada.ca/attachment.php?attach=38952&lang=en

About Andrew
Andrew blogs and tweets public policy issues, particularly the relationship between the political and bureaucratic levels, citizenship and multiculturalism. His latest book, Policy Arrogance or Innocent Bias, recounts his experience as a senior public servant in this area.

One Response to Order in Council: COVID-19 Travel restrictions (outside Canada-USA)

  1. It is so important to have facts and primary sources. Thank you for sharing this!!

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