PC 2020-0839 Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order – Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any country other than the United States

Date Announced:

October 30, 2020

Active Period:

This Order, except sections 3.1 and 3.2, has effect for the period beginning at 11:59:59 p.m. EDT on the day on which it is made and ending at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on November 30, 2020. Section 3.1 has effect for the period beginning at 11:59:59 p.m. EDT the day on which this Order is made and ending at 11:59:58 p.m. EST on November 20, 2020. (3) Section 3.2 has effect for the period beginning immediately after 11:59:58 p.m. EST on November 20, 2020 and ending at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on November 30, 2020. Repealed by PC 2020-0966.


This order is to (1) support Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19 by decreasing the risk of importing cases from outside the country; (2) continue to prohibit entry into Canada of foreign nationals arriving from countries other than the United States, unless they meet a specified list of exemptions; even those who are exempted from the general prohibition may not enter if they have COVID-19, or they exhibit signs and symptoms of COVID-19; (3) allow immediate family members and extended family members of a person registered as an Indian under the Indian Act, to enter Canada; (4) continue to allow foreign nationals to enter Canada for certain compassionate reasons; (5) clarify that entry will be denied to foreign nationals if they seek to enter a province or territory for purposes of compassionate grounds without quarantining for 14 days, and that province or territory has provided, through their public health officials, written notice of objection to such releases from Covid Prevention Measures>Quarantine to the Minister of Health; entry will also be denied if the person in charge of any location a foreign national intends to visit for compassionate reasons during the 14 -day Covid Prevention Measures>Quarantine period objects to this.

Departments and Agencies:

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

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:



compassionate grounds | essential service | exceptions | immediate family members | listed institution | national interest | registered Indian

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