x
(403) 452-9515
Ackah Business Immigration Law – Personal and Corporate Immigration

Search Ackah Law...

Contact us

Contact Information

1 (403) 452-9515

1 (800) 932-1190

Book a Consultation

More Options...

Travel Limits to Canada by Passenger Vessels

Blog posted on by Evelyn Ackah in Business Travel to Canada, Business Visitors and Coronavirus - COVID

Travel Limits to Canada by Passenger Vessels

On April 6, Canada enacted new restrictions on passenger vessels entering Canadian waters in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). These new travel limits to Canada by passenger vessels will remain in place at least until June 30, 2020, and until October 31 for Arctic waters, and are in addition to limits on essential business travel implemented in March. Additional restrictions were placed on ferry vessels.

Passenger Vessels
The new restrictions limit access by non-essential passenger vessels:

  • carrying more than 12 people
  • engaged in activities of an optional or discretionary nature such a cruise boats, tour boats and sight-seeing vessels

Ferries and Essential Service Vessels

Ferries and passenger vessels that provide essential services can continue to operate but must:

  • reduce occupancy by 50% the maximum number of passengers
  • support the two-meter physical distancing rule
  • alternatively, keep people in their vehicles when feasible
  • implement enhanced cleaning and hygiene measures

Essential passenger vessels such as ferries, water taxis, and medical-use vessels are not required to follow the new restrictions. Also exempted from the new regulations are:

  • Cargo vessels, barges, workboats, fishing vessels and other commercial vessels who operate to support resupply operations and the movement of goods through Canada’s supply chain
  • Canadian commercial passenger vessels, without passengers, moving for repairs or repositioning
  • Canadian commercial passenger vessels that are not in service

      Cruise Ships
      Canadian cruise ships cannot moor, navigate, or transit in Canadian Arctic waters (including Nunatsiavut, Nunavik and the Labrador Coast) until October 31, 2020, at the earliest. In March, Canada changed the start of the cruise ship season from April 2 to July 1, 2020, at the earliest.

      Foreign vessels that want to enter Canada's Arctic waters must provide 60 days notice and are subject to conditions set forth by the Minister of Transport.

      If you have questions about your immigration application, your eligibility for your or your team to cross the U.S. / Canada border on business, or other immigration issues during the coronavirus restrictions or for post-restriction business, contact Ackah Law today at (403) 452-9515 Ext. 100 or 1-800-932-1190 or email contact@ackahlaw.com.


      Evelyn L. Ackah, BA, LL.B.

      Founder/Managing Lawyer

      Ms. Ackah is passionate about immigration law because it focuses on people and relationships, which are at the core of her personal values. Starting her legal career as a corporate/commercial ...

      More About Evelyn L. Ackah, BA, LL.B.

      Canada and US Ban Flights from African Countries

      Canada and the United States have banned flights from South Africa and neighbouring countries due to the latest Covid variant, Omicron, B.1.1.529. The World Health Organization ...

      Read More

      Updated Canada Travel Requirements

      Canada has updated many of its travel requirements to enhance COVID safety protocols. Travel policies and requirements are frequently changed as more information is available. ...

      Read More

      US Northern and Southern Land Borders to Reopen In Early November To Fully Vaccinated Travellers

      Update October 15, 2021: The United States is reopening its land borders to nonessential fully vaccinated travellers beginning November 8.The United States Southern and Northern ...

      Read More

      Canada Will Require Vaccination Proof For Train and Plane Travel Starting Oct 30

      Effective October 30, Canada will require all passengers on interprovincial trains and air travellers to provide full vaccination proof against COVID-19. The new requirement ...

      Read More

      Flying Now? Be Prepared and Be Flexible

      Yesterday one of our Ackah Law lawyers was flying home to Calgary when her flight was delayed over 3 hours. Which meant her required negative COVID PCR test expired during that 3-hour ...

      Read More

      Canada Admits Fully Vaccinated Tourists and NonEssential Travellers

      Effective September 7, 2021, foreign nationals can travel to Canada for discretionary purposes if fully vaccinated tourists meet all Covid health and other entry requirements. ...

      Read More

      1. Responsiveness was very timely and efficient to calls and emails.

      2. Quality of work was well executed.

      3. Success on the immigration matter demonstrated your attention to detail and how good your staff is at managing difficult issues.

      4. Absolutely….will recommend Ackah to others.

      - Rogerline

      View All Testimonials