Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): IRCC offices and visa application centres

We recognize that the travel restrictions for those who are outside the US will have an impact on many people who can’t travel to Canada right now. These restrictions stop all non-essentialFootnote 1 (discretionary) travel to Canada.

Travelling to Canada: health check and quarantine

If you’re travelling by air, you need to 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.

Last updated: May 15, 2020

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Please check our website frequently to see if there have been changes in our services either for in-person service at offices in Canada or at VACs.

IRCC in-person offices in Canada

IRCC’s offices have cancelled all

IRCC temporary offices in Canada

Our temporary offices are closed until further notice.

Biometric collection service points

Service Canada locations and U.S. Application Support Centres (ASCs) have stopped collecting biometrics until further notice.

Visa Application Centres (VACs)

Most VACs have temporarily closed or are operating with limited hours and services. Check your VAC website before you go.

 If your VAC is closed and you need to contact us urgently, use the Web form. Do not go to a visa office.

Until further notice

Apply online

VACs won’t accept or process paper applications for a visitor visa, study permit or work permit until further notice.

You must apply online.

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