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Canada extends travel ban to October 31.

By a new federal Order in Council issued today, Canada once again extended travel restrictions to foreign travellers. Coronavirus travel restrictions will be extended until Halloween, October 31. The government says that the extension is necessary in light of the recent rise in coronavirus cases in Canada.

Canada was able to successfully flatten the coronavirus curve from late May until August, but new positive diagnoses have been steadily increasing since late August.

This is the fourth extension of Canad travel restrictions by the government of Canada. In August, Canada announced that international travel restrictions would be extended for at least another month, noting that:.

Our government is extending the existing restrictions on international travel to Canada by one month — until September 30, 2020 — to limit the introduction and spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

See Canada international travel restrictions extended to September 30.

The increase in new coronavirus cases since August 2020 has caused the federal government and provinces like Ontario and Quebec to proclaim a second wave of the epidemic which they fear may be worse than the first wave.

See Ontario’s 2nd wave of COVID-19 forecast to peak in October.

The federal government and Canada’s largest provinces, Ontario and Quebec, have announced stricter measures aimed at stymying this second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) continues to hold regularly scheduled Express Entry rounds of invitations after putting special measures in place to contain the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We expect that despite the ongoing pandemic, Canada’s government will hit its immigration targets for 2020.

See Canada invites 4,200 in September 16 Express Entry draw.