Citizenship for your adopted child: Prepare for arrival

Before you travel to Canada

All travellers entering Canada must follow testing and quarantine requirements to keep everyone safe. Under certain conditions, you may be exempt from some of these requirements.

Find out if you’re exempt from any testing and quarantine requirements.

When your adoptive child arrives in Canada, they’ll be met by an officer from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

The CBSA officer will ask to see the child’s passport or travel documents.

  • Make sure you have them ready for the child, and that they’re not packed in luggage.
  • Having the documents handy will speed up your entry into Canada.

If there is a second adoptive parent that is not travelling with you and your child, make sure you have any documents the CBSA officer may require. For example: letters of permission for children travelling with only 1 legal guardian.

Health care, travel health and adoption

Find information on

  • the health needs of adopted children
  • travel health for adoptive parents and children
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