I live in the US and my sister just passed. Would that be considered essential to cross the Canadian land border and if so, would I still be required to quarantine for 14 days? Anyone have a clue? I emailed the Canadian border but they responded with a generic information to look at until they can get back to me. Thanks!
I'm very sorry for the loss of your sister. I hope things are settled quickly so that you may attend to her funeral.
The government defines “optional” or “discretionary” travel as coming to Canada for the purposes of tourism, recreation, and entertainment among others. Some examples of trips that the government does not consider essential include:
visiting family for a vacation;
coming to Canada for the birth of a new family member, although they may make an exception for the baby’s parent;
visiting a secondary home even for the purposes of upkeep and maintenance; or
attending the funeral of a family member, as quarantine measures in Canada already limit the number of attendees allowed at funerals under provincial restrictions.
To board your flight to Canada, you must have written authorization from the Government of Canada to fly to Canada.
There are 2 ways to contact us to request an authorization:
- Email IRCC at IRCC.COVID-TravelExemptions-Exemptionsdevoyage-COVID.IRCC@cic.gc.ca. We’ll contact you within 48 hours of getting your email and tell you what to do next.
You are immediate family and things continue to change as each province begins to reopen. I assume you provided information regarding where the funeral is held and they're going to make a decision ASAP to get back to you as every province has their own limit for attendance.