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Planning to travel to Canada for a position at Queen's?

Last updated: October 21, 2020

Canada’s federal government imposed sweeping international travel restrictions and closed the border with the U.S. in mid-March to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

These measures are in effect until at least

November 21, 2020, for travellers coming directly from the US

October 31, 2020, for all other foreign nationals

Citizens, permanent residents, those registered under the Indian Act and protected people can travel to Canada while the border is closed to other foreign nationals.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), are doing everything they can to ensure applications are not refused because of coronavirus restrictions, and extensions are given for those unable to obtain the required biometrics due to due to the closure of Canada’s network of Visa Application Centres.

However, IRCC advises that application processing times are much longer than usual. The online application process provides applicants with a letter of introduction. You must take this to the border immigration office and show it to the border officer. The border officer will review your case to see if you fit Canada's requirement that only "essential workers" will be allowed to enter, and make a decision on your case. If the decision is positive, the officer will issue the work permit and allow you to enter Canada. You can then obtain a Social Insurance Number (SIN) and start working in the position you have been offered.

VACs are gradually reopening to provide services to permanent and temporary residence applicants. You can check service delivery for the office near you. as offices are beginning to reopen.

For foreign nationals (other than US citizens), please see this site for details on who is allowed to enter Canada.

Arriving in Canada from abroad

Upon arriving in Canada, every traveler must present a credible 14-day isolation or quarantine plan. This rule applies to everyone entering Canada, whether they show coronavirus symptoms or not. 

New arrivals must wear a face mask until they reach their destination.

The border officer will ask you if you have a plan in place, and you will have to show proof of a detailed plan. The links below will help you make your plan before you arrive in Canada.

  • transportation to Kingston other than by public transit.
  • accommodation where you can self-isolate for 14 days without being in physical contact with others, especially vulnerable people, such as those aged 65+ or with pre-existing medical conditions.
  • access to food and medical supplies without leaving your accommodation.

The Government of Canada provides guidelines on how to self-isolate.

The above rules are in force until June 30, 2020. Those failing to comply face a maximum fine of $750,000 or six months in jail.

ArriveCAN mobile app 

Canada Border Services Agency has launched the ArriveCAN mobile app to make it easier for travellers to provide their contact information upon entering the country. Download the ArriveCAN mobile app, available on the Apple App and Google Play Stores, and complete the questionnaire prior to your arrival to reduce wait times and limit points of contact.Inputting your information via the mobile app will generate a summary of your traveller information, which will be used by Border Services Officers and Quarantine Officers at ports of entry to support health screening protocols.