Your Questions Answered - Canada Closes Borders to Certain Foreigners


On Monday, March 16th, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed Canadians on further measures being taken to stop the spread of COVID-19, we’d like to provide you with some important travel information related to this announcement.

Q. Is Canada restricting entry into the country? Who does this apply to?

A. Yes, effective Wednesday, March 18th, Canada has closed its borders to most non-citizens of Canada. This applies to all international citizens of the world with a few exceptions. Trade and commerce flights will operate as usual.


Q. Who is exempt from this restriction?

A. Canadians, Permanent Residents of Canada, immediate family of Canadians, air crew and diplomats are permitted to enter Canada.


Q. Does the restriction on entry into Canada include those with visas? Work, Study etc…?

A. Yes, unless the individual is a permanent resident of Canada, an immediate family member to a Canadian, air crew or a diplomat. If not, they must return to Canada by Wednesday, March 18th by 12 pm or be denied entry.


Q. Can international flights still arrive into Canada?

A. Yes, provided they land at the approved airports. The four airports which can receive international flights are:

  • Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
  • Montreal International Airport (YUL)
  • Calgary International Airport (YYC)
  • Vancouver International Airport (YVR)


Q. Can international flights still depart from Canada?

A. Yes, however, airlines are limiting their services in accordance with these restrictions. Please check with your Travel Manager for availability.


Q. Can Canadians who are abroad come home?

A. Yes, if they do not have any symptoms. Airlines will follow guidelines set in place by Public Health Canada and access each customer before they board a plane to Canada on whether they are fit to travel. Canadians who are deemed fit to travel must isolate themselves for 14 days after they arrive.


Q. What if I need to travel internationally for work?

A. The Government of Canada advises Canadian citizens to reconsider any non-essential travel outside of Canada as until further notice as per their current advisory.