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.

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Immediate restrictions for travellers arriving from Southern Africa region

Canadians citizens, those registered under the Indian Act, and permanent residents, who have been in the Southern Africa region within the previous 14 days, including South Africa, Eswatini, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Namibia:

  • must follow new pre-entry testing before continuing their journey to Canada, and post-arrival requirements

Foreign nationals who have been in these countries within the period of 14 days will not be permitted entry into Canada.

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Changes to border measures coming soon

Upcoming changes to border measures include

  • rules for re-entering Canada, if leaving for 72 hours or less
  • who is considered fully vaccinated
  • rules for travelling within Canada
  • who can enter Canada as an unvaccinated or partially vaccinated traveller

Learn more about the new measures.

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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