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Passport Services Suspended

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Armeee wrote: Canadian gov't website:

"Passport services at all Service Canada offices are suspended until further notice".

I take it that means you can't mail in your passport application/renewal either.

A couple thoughts:
Will your current passport be extended beyond the expiry date?
This will create such a backlog of applications when they finally are up and running.

Anyone have any insight as to more information about this?
A CND passport validity date cannot be extended or renewed. You must apply for a new passport which can be valid for maximum 10 years. For a simpler application process, make sure your current passport has expired one year or less.
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zod wrote: That's not entirely accurate. It's the land borders that are closed. People can still fly over the border?
Restrictions are for all non-essential cross border travels which also include air.
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PointsHubby wrote: Lol, more than the Passport Office to open
You need the US Border to open ... before your trip in December
Doubt that’s gonna happen anytime soon

So the passport may be a moot point
The US border is wide open to all Canadians, as long as they fly in.
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iluvagooddeal wrote: Restrictions are for all non-essential cross border travels which also include air.
Nothing prevents any Canadian from flying outside of the country for any reason.
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iluvagooddeal wrote: Restrictions are for all non-essential cross border travels which also include air.
I think that's a Canadian law that you are quoting which has little impact. From what I read the US is permitting Canadians to fly to the US (hence why airline companies are still selling tickets to the US). As long as you can get to the US, our rules say Canadians can cross the border to come home, so it's de facto legal?
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Officially, Canadians can't do any non-essential travel to the U.S. Unofficially, the U.S. will allow you in via air and only if you haven't visited certain countries recently. It makes no sense and many people who hear about it don't believe it, but media have been reporting this loophole for the past couple of months. For example: LINK

But why would you go there (with such higher rate and disregard of COVID dangers, and it's only getting worse) unless it's essential?
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jm1 wrote: But why would you go there (with such higher rate and disregard of COVID dangers, and it's only getting worse) unless it's essential?
Many morons, I mean people in US are holding Covid parties. They welcome more morons, I mean people, to join those Covid parties.
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Arrgh wrote: Many morons, I mean people in US are holding Covid parties. They welcome more morons, I mean people, to join those Covid parties.
Like Chicken Pox parties or parties that say this all is a hoax? If the former there is some logic. That said you don't want to get sick in the US. That's for sure.
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zod wrote: I think that's a Canadian law that you are quoting which has little impact. From what I read the US is permitting Canadians to fly to the US (hence why airline companies are still selling tickets to the US). As long as you can get to the US, our rules say Canadians can cross the border to come home, so it's de facto legal?
Legal to fly in and always with exceptions but needs self quarantine for 14 days. Some just don't care as soon as they lands.
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iluvagooddeal wrote:

Legal to fly in and always with exceptions but needs self quarantine for 14 days. Some just don't care as soon as they lands.
Quarantine only required when returning to Canada. No requirements for most of the US. Some states have restrictions, but I don't keep up with that.
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Stryker wrote: 11,000 passports stuck in limbo now en route to Canadians

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchene ... -1.5646947
So the passports were ready but only that canadapost refused to provide mailing/delivery services ??
Meanwhile it was ok to deliever everything else from everywhere eh (like bills and packages).

Are they open now? Why not open with plexiglass shields installed?
People can get haircuts, dentist appointments, have patio food but no service by CIC, thats pathetic
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I talked to passport canada on the phone today and they said they might be open end of next month
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Anyone who really needs it urgently can always call them and/or fillout the form on their website for a callback to see if they can get it issued
But i think its time they open up with protective shields installed. Grocery stores can do it, banks do it, why not passport office.
Time for them to do their jobs
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apnayloags wrote: Anyone who really needs it urgently can always call them and/or fillout the form on their website for a callback to see if they can get it issued
But i think its time they open up with protective shields installed. Grocery stores can do it, banks do it, why not passport office.
Time for them to do their jobs
They're not closed because they're worried about the security of the employees. They're closed because they want to make as difficult as possible for any Canadian to leave the country without having to enact a law forbidding it explicitly.

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