Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Who can travel to Canada – citizens, permanent residents, foreign nationals and refugees 

To protect Canadians from the outbreak of COVID-19, the Prime Minister announced travel restrictions that limit travel to Canada. Until further notice, most foreign nationals cannot travel to Canada, even if they have a valid visitor visa or electronic travel authorization (eTA).

These restrictions stop most non-essential (discretionary) travel to Canada.

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Who can enter Canada

You can travel to and enter Canada if you’re a

Foreign nationals who are eligible to travel to Canada

Foreign nationals, including United States (US) citizens, can travel to Canada only if they’re eligible.

Immediate family members of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident

To be eligible, you must provide evidence that

You must also have a quarantine plan that shows how you’ll quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in Canada. This plan is mandatory.

If you’re staying for less than 15 days, you must meet the same requirements as all other foreign nationals.

All other foreign nationals

To be eligible, you must meet 2 requirements:

These measures are in effect until at least

Travellers coming from outside the US who are exempt from the travel restrictions

You must also have a quarantine plan that shows how you will quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in Canada. This plan is mandatory.

Who is an immediate family member

An immediate family member is defined as a

How to unite with immediate family members who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents

To board your flight to Canada, you must

You do not need a written authorization from IRCC confirming that you are exempt from the travel restrictions.

Documents to use as proof that you’re an immediate family member

You must have 2 types of documents:

Documents that show your immediate family member’s Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status include

Documents that show your relationship to that family member include

Note: Paper and electronic copies of the documents above are accepted. Please note that the documents above are examples only. An officer may request or accept other documents as needed.

How to reunite with an immediate family member who is in Canada temporarily

To travel to Canada from the US to reunite with an immediate family member who is in Canada temporarily, you must provide evidence that your travel is essentialFootnote 1 (non-discretionary).

To board your flight to Canada from a country other than the US, you must have written authorization from IRCC to fly to Canada.

How to request an authorization

Email us at IRCC.COVID-TravelExemptions-Exemptionsdevoyage-COVID.IRCC@cic.gc.ca only if you’re reuniting with an immediate family member who is living in Canada temporarily. We won’t respond to any other inquiries.

We’ll contact you within 5 business days of getting your email and tell you what to do next.

When you contact us, you must provide your

For all other questions

Find out how COVID-19 is affecting immigration programs and services. If you can’t find the answer to your question, contact us using our Web form.

If you don’t have written authorization, you won’t be allowed to board your flight to Canada, even if you have a valid visitor visa or eTA.

To be eligible to travel to Canada, you need

Public health measures for travellers to Canada

If you’re travelling by air, you need to

Arrival in Canada

Travellers entering Canada by air or by land must

Get the ArriveCAN app for iOS or Android.

Use this mobile app at Canadian ports of entry (POEs). Make sure you have the official version by installing it from this page.

Quarantine requirement

When you arrive in Canada by air, land or sea, we’ll assess your health before you leave the POE. If you’re a foreign national, and you have symptoms of COVID-19, you won’t be allowed to enter Canada.

You must have a plan to quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in Canada, including

This plan is mandatory, even if you have no symptoms. If you don’t have a plan, you should not travel to Canada. Otherwise, you may not be allowed to enter the country. A border services officer will determine if you can enter the country.

The penalties for not following your quarantine plan once you’re in the country can include

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.

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