Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Landed permanent residents
Exemptions ending for certain travellers entering Canada
Effective January 15, 2022, 00:01 (EST), some foreign national travellers who were previously allowed to enter Canada without being fully vaccinated will now be required to be fully vaccinated in order to enter Canada. There will also be changes to testing and quarantine exemptions for certain travellers, regardless of citizenship, entering Canada.
Floods in British Columbia
If you’re directly affected by the floods, you may be able to get
- free replacement of documents that are lost, damaged, destroyed or inaccessible due to the floods
- urgent processing and a refund for an application you’ve submitted because of the floods
On this page
- Travel information for landed permanent residents
- Mandatory quarantine, COVID-19 testing and other requirements
- Travel information for permanent residents who haven’t landed
- Getting started in Canada as a new immigrant
- If you applied for Canadian citizenship
- COVID-19 information in multiple languages
- Updates and related links
Travel information for landed permanent residents
You need a valid permanent resident card (PR card) or permanent resident travel document (PRTD) to travel to Canada by commercial vehicle (for example, airplane, bus, train or boat).
If your PR card is expired or about to expire
If it’s expired or will expire when you’re travelling, renew your PR card before you leave. You can only renew your card in Canada.
You may be eligible for urgent processing of your PR card.
If you don’t get your new PR card in time, you must
If you’re already outside Canada without a valid PR card
If you’re outside Canada and your PR card is expired, you need to apply for a PRTD to return.
Normally, you apply for a PRTD at a visa application centre (VAC). Due to COVID-19, some VACs are
- temporarily closed
- offering fewer services (and may not be accepting PRTD applications)
- limiting their business hours
Before you apply, check if your VAC is open and accepts PRTD applications.
If your VAC is open
If your VAC is open and accepting applications, find out how to apply for a PRTD.
If your VAC is closed
If your VAC is closed or it’s not accepting PRTD applications, submit your PRTD application by email.
PRTD applications are normally submitted on paper. We’re allowing email applications only in cases where a VAC is closed or unable to accept PRTD applications. Applying by email may take longer than applying on paper.
To submit by email:
Avoid processing delays
Help us process your application by doing the following:
- Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months.
- Submit an electronic copy of all pages (including blank ones) of all passports you used in the last 5 years.
- Include your proof of residency in Canada with your application.
- Read the instruction guide before you complete your application.
- Review the Document Checklist (PDF, 1.5 MB) and
- complete all the required forms listed
- make electronic copies (scans) of all the required documents you need to provide (each document must be less than 5 MB in size)
- Complete, sign and scan the Application for a Permanent Resident Travel Document [IMM 5524] (PDF, 1.84 MB) form.
- Pay your fees and get a copy of your receipt.
- Send an email to IRCC.COVIDPRTD-TVRPCOVID.IRCC@cic.gc.ca that includes
- the subject line: “PRTD application: [put your name here]”
- your scanned application
- copies of your supporting documents (including travel information)
- a copy of your receipt
Once we make a decision on your application, you’ll receive an email with instructions on how and where to submit your passport.
Don’t book your travel to Canada until you’ve received your passport with your PRTD sticker.
If you left Afghanistan and need a PRTD
Follow the instructions above with these changes:
- use this subject line to have your application prioritized: Afghanistan PRTD application: [your name]
- don’t pay the fees or include a receipt in your email (your fees will be waived)
Due to the impacts of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we can’t
- process applications normally
- provide accurate processing times
Bringing family members to Canada
Your family members must meet the travel requirements and have a visitor visa or electronic travel authorization (eTA).
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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.
You need to use ArriveCAN
Use ArriveCAN to provide mandatory travel information required for entry into Canada.
Make sure you’re using the newest version of ArriveCAN. If you previously submitted your information using an older version of ArriveCan, you must download the latest version and resubmit your information.
Travel information for permanent residents who haven’t landed
To finish the application process, you have to land as a permanent resident.
Find out what to do if we approved your application but you haven’t landed yet.
Getting started in Canada as a new immigrant
After you arrive in Canada, there are some things you should do.
Tell us where to send your first PR card
New permanent residents don’t need to apply for a PR card. We send one to you when you immigrate to Canada if you tell us your Canadian mailing address.
You have 180 days after immigrating to tell us your address. If we don’t get it in time, then you have to apply for your card.
Get settlement services
As a newcomer to Canada, you and your family can get help adjusting to your new life. Settlement organizations can give you the information you need about:
- life in Canada and your new community
- language training
- help finding a job
- connections with established immigrants and Canadians
Resettlement organizations provide services that address the specific needs of refugees.
For now, settlement and resettlement service providers are focusing on critical services because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
You can still get other services but the format and availability will depend on the provider. For example, some service providers can offer critical and non-critical services by phone, email and online. Contact your local service providers to find out what’s available in your area.
If you applied for Canadian citizenship
Find out how your Canadian citizenship application is affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to get guidance on
- citizenship event cancellations
- submitting your documents
- new citizenship applications
- time you’ve lived in Canada (physical presence)
Get COVID-19 information in multiple languages
The Public Health Agency of Canada website has resources in multiple languages to help you understand COVID-19. These include
You can find the languages of each resource under its description.
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Updates and related links
- Find more information on COVID-19
- Public Health Agency of Canada: COVID-19 information (available in multiple languages)
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