Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that effective tomorrow, June 9, immediate family members of Canadians are welcome to cross the Canada-U.S. border to visit their relatives.
The visitor must not have symptoms of COVID-19 and they will need to self-isolate for the minimum 14 day period. The length of the visit must also be 15 days or longer. Currently, this exemption for non-essential travel only applies to family of Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
Immediate family members are defined as:
- Spouse or common-law partner
- Dependent Children
- Parent or step-parent
- Guardian or tutor
The Canada-U.S. border has been closed to non-essential travel to limit the spread of COVID-19 since March 20th and is expected to continue until at least June 20. Non-citizens are able to cross the border if their purpose in Canada is deemed essential, like transporting goods, landing as Canadian permanent residents, or entering on an eligible work visa.