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PLEASE SEE SEPT 7,2021 UPDATE ABOVE

CANADIAN COVID-19 TRAVEL GUIDELINES:

Business Visitors who are fully vaccinated can enter Canada via the USA without having to quarantine.

GUIDELINES FOR ENTERING CANADA FROM THE USA:

Effective July 6th, 2021.

  • Fully vaccinated Business Visitors (which includes film personnel – directors, producers, DPs, technicians, agency and client) with a Letter of Invitation from a Canadian service production company can enter Canada without having to go through quarantine.

Final dose 14 days before departure.

  • The Business Visitor’s second and/or final vaccination must have been received no less than 14 days prior to arrival.

Proof uploaded to app.

  • Business Visitors must upload their proof of vaccination in English or French to the Canadian government's ArriveCAN app. Links and more information here
  • Proof of vaccination in languages other than English or French must be translated and confirmed by an officially recognized notary.

Negative test at home.

  • Business Visitors must provide proof of a negative COVID test taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure.

Negative test on arrival.

  • Business Visitors will be asked to take a second PCR COVID test upon arrival. This can be completed as on on-site test at the airport or using a home kit that must then be sent to the lab. To save time you can pre-register for on-arrival testing using this link

Back-up quarantine plan.

  • Business Visitors must provide a detailed quarantine plan should the arrival test prove positive. MOP will provide a plan through a recognized quarantine authority. 

 

GUIDELINES FOR ENTERING CANADA FROM OUTSIDE THE USA:

Travel for Business Visitors coming to Canada from outside of the USA is still restricted as of this writing. Updates are expected in early July. However, there are some options available for entry:

OPTION #1: WORK PERMIT.

  • As a result of the pandemic the Canadian government has temporarily re-instituted Work Permit requirements for non-US citizens. This requirement is still in place as of this writing.
  • A UK or EU or Asian Business Visitor can apply for a Canadian Work Permit in their home country.
  • MOP can assist with this.
  • The process takes 2 to 3 weeks from the time the application is submitted to receiving the approved work permit.
  • The cost for the work permit is $5,000 CAD.

OPTION #2: USA LETTER OF NATIONAL INTEREST.

  • If it is a USA job (US Agency) it could be possible for a US Production Company/partner to apply for a USA National Exemption Letter.
  • MOP understands this application takes 3 to 4 days.
  • If a National Exemption Letter is awarded the Business Visitor can fly to the USA, clear US customs with the intent to attend meetings in the USA and then fly on to Canada.
  • MOP has yet to test this option.

OPTION #3: TRAVEL TO MEXICO AND THEN TO THE USA.

  • MOP understands that it might be possible to travel to Mexico and then on to Canada.
  • The Business Visitor is then required to quarantine in Mexico for 14 days before flying to the USA.
  • Once in the USA, the Business Visitor can then fly to Canada.

There is no quarantine required once in Canada if the following guidelines are followed:

  • Final vaccine dose 14 days before departure.
  • Proof uploaded to ArriveCAN app.
  • Negative test at home, prior to departure.
  • Asymptomatic upon arrival.
  • Negative test on arrival.
  • Back-up quarantine plan.