Program delivery update: New COVID-19 Testing and Quarantine Requirements

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

February 22, 2021

To protect Canadians from COVID-19, the Government of Canada has introduced additional testing and more stringent quarantine requirements for individuals travelling to Canada both by land and air.

While the processing of travel exemptions by IRCC will proceed as usual, for awareness the information on the pre-departure COVID-19 testing requirements on all COVID-19 TR pages has been removed and the following enhanced text has been added to the travel restrictions measures page:

Additional requirements for individuals travelling to Canada are now in place:

The processing of travel exemptions will proceed as usual. Clients can be directed to consult How COVID-19 is affecting immigration, refugees, citizenship and passport services for the latest information before making any travel plans, and again before departing for Canada.

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