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Canada bans entry from foreigners; restricting entry to non-essential travel

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Old Aug 20, 20, 10:51 am
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Originally Posted by Smiley90 View Post
There are many, MANY Americans who go un-ticketed. This is just the one authorities decided to act on.

This is less about them entering illegally, more about them lying about being on the way to Alaska and then going to tourist sites.
Again, the point is: 330 million Americans. How many do you think have illegally entered Canada? Thousands I'm sure, but I'm also pretty sure that thousands have illegally entered the US also. It'll probably get worse this winter and tilted more one way than the other.

It's totally fine for Canadian authorities to crack down on these people. I support that. But I'm getting weary of these continual posts about the terrible Americans entering illegally. It is a tiny, tiny fraction of our country and not entirely one sided.
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Old Aug 20, 20, 11:08 am
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Originally Posted by JNelson113 View Post
This is one guy out of a country of 330 million people. There have certainly been others, but the vast, vast majority of Americans are respecting your boundary closure. I'm pretty sure that there have been some Canadians who have illegally entered our country too during this time.
More difficult for Canadians to "illegally enter US" as US allows for Canadians to enter by air with no restrictions or quarantine to begin with

This person wasn't sneaking in They abused the Lower 48 states to Alaska waiver Canadians provided. The only US equivalent I'm aware of is residents of Campobello Island (population under 1,000) would have to enter US to get to other parts of Canada.
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Old Aug 20, 20, 9:04 pm
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Old Aug 21, 20, 10:21 pm
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Updated wiki with links reflecting non-essential prohibited until 21 SEP (non-essential allowed into US by air) as well as Massachusetts mandatory quarantine.
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Old Aug 28, 20, 12:15 pm
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Old Sep 15, 20, 3:57 pm
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Old Sep 21, 20, 7:00 am
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US Citizen Flying out of Toronto - Is it possible?

Hello,

I've searched and am unable to find an answer to this question.

I'm based in Rochester, NY and often fly out of YYZ because of the drastic cost savings. Question - Can US Citizens enter Canada to fly in/out of Toronto?

Thanks,
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Old Sep 21, 20, 7:08 am
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Originally Posted by InfrequentFlyer2018 View Post
Hello,

I've searched and am unable to find an answer to this question.

I'm based in Rochester, NY and often fly out of YYZ because of the drastic cost savings. Question - Can US Citizens enter Canada to fly in/out of Toronto?

Thanks,
I would expect that you would not be able to until the Canadians open the land borders to US citizens. Under normal circumstances, you would be able to fly out of Toronto.
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Old Sep 21, 20, 7:13 am
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Originally Posted by InfrequentFlyer2018 View Post
Hello,

I've searched and am unable to find an answer to this question.

I'm based in Rochester, NY and often fly out of YYZ because of the drastic cost savings. Question - Can US Citizens enter Canada to fly in/out of Toronto?

Thanks,
Currently you may not enter Canada unless you meet very specific exceptions, and cost of flights sadly isn't one of them.
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Old Sep 21, 20, 2:39 pm
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As this is query about Canadian immigration policies, we will move this over to the Canada forum for further discussion. Thanks! /JY1024, TravelBuzz moderator
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Old Sep 23, 20, 10:17 am
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Does anyone have recent experience entering Canada from the US as a business visitor post-COVID? My company is slowly resuming business travel and it would be beneficial for me to make a visit to our Canadian locations at some point soon. My work in Canada would consist of audits and operational observations that can't be done remotely - our Canadian offices have laid off most of their staff with only a skeleton crew remaining (essentially our Canadian CEO + a handful of other essential employees). The bulk of their normal work that can be done remotely is now done by myself and my team here in the US.

If I were to attempt a business trip to Canada while the border is still closed to non-essential travel, and have a letter from our Canadian CEO authorizing my travel, would CBSA consider my visit "essential" and thus exempt from entry or quarantine restrictions? I'm thinking the answer is probably "no" but just wanted to see if anyone else here has made a similar attempt. The guidance on the Canadian government web site is vague as to what constitutes "essential" business travel. I am a US citizen with no status in Canada, just a NEXUS card and frequent cross-border trips pre-COVID.
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Old Sep 23, 20, 10:22 am
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I suspect the answer, as you say, is 'no'. The only way you stand a chance, in my opinion, is to get the Canadian company to plead your case. Perhaps they should make some enquiries with CBSA.
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Old Sep 23, 20, 6:30 pm
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Originally Posted by wahooflyer View Post
Does anyone have recent experience entering Canada from the US as a business visitor post-COVID? My company is slowly resuming business travel and it would be beneficial for me to make a visit to our Canadian locations at some point soon. My work in Canada would consist of audits and operational observations that can't be done remotely - our Canadian offices have laid off most of their staff with only a skeleton crew remaining (essentially our Canadian CEO + a handful of other essential employees). The bulk of their normal work that can be done remotely is now done by myself and my team here in the US.

If I were to attempt a business trip to Canada while the border is still closed to non-essential travel, and have a letter from our Canadian CEO authorizing my travel, would CBSA consider my visit "essential" and thus exempt from entry or quarantine restrictions? I'm thinking the answer is probably "no" but just wanted to see if anyone else here has made a similar attempt. The guidance on the Canadian government web site is vague as to what constitutes "essential" business travel. I am a US citizen with no status in Canada, just a NEXUS card and frequent cross-border trips pre-COVID.
See if your work falls under one of the possible essential work categories here: https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/n...sf-sfe-en.aspx

If it does, next, as LondonElite mentioned, have the Canadian arm of the company produce a letter indicating such. The answer is not 100% no. But be prepared to have them say no. Also, depending on what province you are entering the local health ministry may have additional documentation requirements to approve exemption from quarantine if you are permitted to enter Canada.

Given that there was an error in judgement recently that made it into the news regarding US citizens being allowed in without quarantine to perform what ended up being deemed non-essential work, I'm sure these type of requests are already being scrutinized more closely.
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Old Sep 25, 20, 2:10 pm
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See if your work falls under one of the possible essential work categories here: https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/n...sf-sfe-en.aspx
Thank you - this is exactly what I have been looking for! At a glance, the work I would be doing in Canada falls into at least two of the exempted categories for "essential services." I will just have to ask our Canadian CEO to write a letter and prepare to spend extra time at the border on my arrival into YYZ. My trip, if it even happens, won't be until late October so we still have some time to prepare and see if it's even worthwhile.
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Thanks - quote " ... there are limited reasons for US citizens to be allowed entry into Canada " .... combined with the rules posted by RangerNS which state that "- This does not apply to passengers arriving from the USA traveling for a purpose other than tourism."

Acknowledging that siblings do not qualify under the rules as immediate family, I'm curious as to to whether a US national - the brother of a Canadian PR - would be allowed into Canada for his (the PR's) wedding (respecting quarantine rules) - especially in the context of the rules posted above by RangerNS.

Does travelling to Canada for the sole purpose of attending a wedding constitute 'tourism'?
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