PC 2020-0161 Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order – Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States

Date Announced:

March 20, 2020

Active Period:

This Order has effect for the period beginning at 00:00:01 a.m. EDT on March 21, 2020, and ending at 00:00:01 a.m. EDT on April 21, 2020. Repealed by P.C. 2020‍–‍0185.


This order is to protect the health of the public from the introduction or spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease transmitted via travellers from foreign countries by prohibiting entry into Canada by foreign nationals for optional or discretionary purposes.

Departments and Agencies:

Health Canada | Privy Council Office | Public Health Agency of Canada

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:

Refugee claimants | Registered Indians | Visitors


refugee protection | optional or discretionary purposes

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