Canada border opens to foreign families of Canadians

OTTAWA: Thousands of foreign nationals will be able to reunite with their families in Canada after the government in Ottawa moved on Monday (Jun 8) to exempt them from its travel ban.

The border was closed to all non-essential travellers in mid-March to try to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

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In late May, a deal was reached with the United States to extend the closure of their shared border but still allow a select few, including health care workers, to cross back and forth until at least Jun 21.

Shipments of goods also continue.

"This is an incredibly difficult time to be apart from a spouse or a child or mom and dad," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters.

"We hear that," he said. "That's why we're bringing in a limited exemption to allow immediate family members of citizens or permanent residents to come to Canada."

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Canadian media reported several cases of families being separated by the border, including an American looking to join his Canadian wife in Canada for the birth of their first child.

The exemption is to take effect at 11.59pm on Monday (0359 GMT Tuesday) and applies to non-Canadian spouses, children, parents or guardians of Canadian citizens or permanent residents, the Canada Border Services Agency said in a statement.

The travellers must not have or show symptoms of the COVID-19 illness, must self-quarantine for two weeks upon arrival, and plan to stay in CanadRead More – Source