While unvaccinated Canadians cannot board airplanes, trains, or cruise ships, Ukrainians entering the country get a free pass.
Unvaccinated Canadians Cannot Travel for 3 Years, According to Government Budget Document
Unvaccinated Ukrainians are exempt from Canada’s COVID-19 jab entry requirements, but must meet all other public health requirements for travel, such as quarantine and testing.
Unvaccinated Ukrainians will be exempt from all vaccine travel mandates and will be allowed to enter and leave Canada freely https://t.co/y6bEQPgyjb
— Canadian Loon 🦆 (@BambinoJalapeno) May 17, 2022
1) Unvaccinated Ukrainians are being flown into Canada by Trudeau.
2) Trudeau has banned unvaccinated Canadians from flying.
— Dean Skoreyko (@bcbluecon) May 11, 2022
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted that the Canadian government offered federal charter flights to Ukrainians fleeing violence and who wanted to come to Canada.
We’re offering federal charter flights to Ukrainians who are fleeing violence and want to come to Canada. These flights will depart from Warsaw, Poland in the coming weeks. For more information, click here: https://t.co/LFQXK7ecnO
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) May 11, 2022
From the Government of Canada’s ‘Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel‘:
Who can apply
- Ukrainian nationals
- family members of Ukrainian nationals (can be any nationality)
Family members are defined as
- the spouse or common-law partner of a Ukrainian national
- their dependent child
- the dependent child of their spouse / common-law partner or
- a dependent child of their dependent child
Benefits and features of the CUAET
Ukrainians and their family members coming to Canada from overseas
- can apply for a free visitor visa and may be allowed to stay in Canada for 3 years, as opposed to the standard 6-month authorized stay for regular visitors
- have the option to apply, free of charge, for an open work permit with their visa application, enabling them to find work as quickly as possible
- will have their electronic visa application processed within 14 days of receipt of a complete application, for standard, non-complex cases
- are exempt from Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination entry requirements, but must meet all other public health requirements for travel, such as quarantine and testing. With limited exceptions, all travellers to Canada, including anyone arriving under the CUAET, must also use ArriveCAN
- are exempt from completing an immigration medical exam (IME) overseas, if applicable, but may be required to complete and pay for a medical diagnostic test within 90 days of arrival in Canada to screen for reportable communicable diseases (chest x-ray or suitable alternative and blood test)
Ukrainians and their family members who acquire or already have temporary status in Canada
- may apply to extend their temporary resident status for up to 3 years
- can leave and return to Canada at any time while their visa is valid
- may renew their work or study permit free of charge
- may apply for a new work or study permit free of charge
- are eligible to attend elementary and secondary school
- may be required to complete and pay for an immigration medical exam (IME) if they haven’t completed one on initial entry to Canada
All Ukrainians and their family members
- will have most of their application and processing fees waived, including the visa application fee, biometric collection fee, work and study permit application fees, and visitor extension, and work and study permit renewal fees
- will have all their IRCC applications prioritized for processing
- may apply for permanent residence under a variety of different immigration programs and streams if they are eligible to do so
- have access to IRCC’s dedicated service channel