Canada has introduced a new exemption to border closures and travel restrictions for accredited foreign representatives and their family members.
The incoming official must have a passport containing diplomatic acceptance, consular acceptance or official acceptance issued by Global Affairs Canada on behalf of the Government of Canada.
They must also be one of the following:
- Accredited diplomat,
- Consular officer,
- Representative or official of another country, of the United Nations, or of any international organization of which Canada is a member.
The foreign representatives are required to obtain a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) prior to their arrival in Canada.
The TRV must be coded D-1 or O-1 to be accepted by a Canada Border Services Agency officer.
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Exemptions To Travel Restrictions
Canada has provided exemptions to travel restrictions for:
- Immediate family members of citizens and permanent residents, provided they are staying in Canada for at least 15 days.
- Some international students approved for study permits on or before March 18
- Certain temporary workers
- Foreign nationals approved for permanent residence on or before March 18.
- Accredited officials.
- Protected persons.
- Those for whom entry is deemed in the national interest.
- Transit passengers.
- Crew members and foreign nationals entering Canada to become crew members.
- Members of the Canadian Forces.
- Some Canadian citizens travelling on a foreign passport.