Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Citizenship

Travelling to Canada: health check and quarantine

If you’re travelling by air, you need to follow all airline requirements and pass a health check conducted by airlines before you’re allowed to board your flight. Anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter Canada by air.

When you arrive in Canada, we’ll assess your health before you leave the port of entry. You must have a plan to quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in Canada. This is mandatory, even if you have no symptoms. If you don’t have a plan, you should not travel to Canada.

Only people who provide essential services, for example, truck drivers who regularly cross the border to maintain the flow of goods, are exempt from the quarantine requirements.

Most citizenship events are cancelled

We’re now inviting some applicants to attend a video oath ceremony (citizenship ceremony). Please wait for us to contact you.

To keep everyone safe, the following citizenship events are cancelled until further notice:

Check the information letter or email we sent you about the events being cancelled.

  • We’ll send you a new date and time as soon as possible.
  • If you gave us your email address in your application, we’ll contact you by email.
    • To avoid missing our emails, check your junk or spam folder.
    • Look for messages from email addresses ending in “@cic.gc.ca.”
  • If you didn’t provide an email address
    • we’ll send the cancellation letter by mail or we’ll call you
    • check your mailbox or voicemail messages often to see if you got it

Processing your citizenship application

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we

  • are prioritizing Canadians who are trying to return Canada
  • can’t provide accurate processing times

You can

Submitting your application documents

If your documents are missing due to COVID-19 (for example, police certificates, passports, medical exam results, medical opinion forms):

  • we won’t close or refuse any applications in progress
  • we’ll automatically give you an extra 90 days to send us the documents from the deadline in the request letter
    • This applies even if the letter says you only have 30 or 90 days.
  • we’ll keep extending the deadline by 90 days until you can get the documents
  • you don’t have to contact us to get any of these extensions
  • once you’re able to, send us the missing documents as soon as possible to avoid further delays

This extension applies to all citizenship applications, including

New citizenship applications

We’re still accepting new citizenship applications.

Time you’ve lived in Canada (physical presence)

Extra days spent abroad due to COVID-19 will not count as days in Canada. You must still meet the physical presence requirement for your citizenship application.

If you’re a permanent resident

If you’re travelling or planning to travel, find out what you need to re-enter Canada.

You can use an expired permanent resident (PR) card to

  • apply for Canadian citizenship
  • bring to your citizenship test and ceremony

If you’re a dual Canadian citizen

You can only enter Canada with a

Find out who can travel to Canada

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