COVID-19: Federal government reopens border to international students

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The federal government will begin allowing international students and extended family members to return to Canada later this month.

Starting October 20, international students will be allowed to return if they are attending a designated educational institution that has a strict COVID-19 security plan in place.

The border between Canada and the United States has been closed since March to non-essential travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mandatory quarantine measures, which require travelers to quarantine themselves for 14 days upon entering Canada, will remain in effect. In a press release, the federal government says 190 federal public health officers will be dispatched to cover 36 entry points as part of a plan to improve security measures.

The government has said it will also extend visits to family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada, including those in an exclusive couple relationship that has lasted for at least a year and their dependent children, as well. as adult children, grandchildren, siblings and grandparents. .

It will also allow people to cross the border for compassionate reasons in specific circumstances, such as life-threatening illness, serious injury or death.

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