How the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is affecting immigration, refugees, citizenship and passport services

To manage the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Prime Minister announced travel restrictions that limit travel to Canada. Health authorities also issued guidance and restrictions that limit our ability to process applications normally. Find out how these restrictions affect immigration, refugees, citizenship and passport applications.


You may be affected by changes to travel requirements in response to the Omicron variant

There are new travel requirements for those who have been in any of the following 10 countries within the last 14 days: Botswana, Egypt, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe.

  • If you’re a foreign national: You cannot enter Canada right now.
    • This includes international students and foreign workers.
  • If you’re a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person registered under Canada’s Indian Act: You will be subject to enhanced pre-entry, arrival and post-arrival testing, screening and quarantine measures.

All other travellers to Canada must continue to meet the current entry, testing and quarantine requirements. There will soon be additional testing and quarantine requirements put in place.

Find out more about these changes.

Travel restrictions and exemptions

Travel restrictions remain in place. At this time, you can only enter Canada if you meet an exemption.

Check to see if you can enter Canada


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