Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Who can travel to Canada – Citizens, persons registered under Canada’s Indian Act, permanent residents, foreign nationals and refugees 

Upcoming border changes

Fully vaccinated foreign nationals may be allowed to enter Canada for discretionary travel on the following dates if they meet specific criteria:

  • Effective August 9: American citizens and permanent residents of the United States, who currently reside in the United States, who meet specific criteria to qualify as fully vaccinated
  • September 7 (intended start date): All other foreign nationals who qualify as fully vaccinated   

The 3-night hotel stopover requirement will be eliminated for all travellers arriving by air after 12:01 A.M. EDT on August 9.

Flights from India suspended

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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.

Who can enter Canada

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

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

Foreign nationals who are eligible to travel to Canada

To be eligible to travel to Canada as a foreign national, you must meet the requirements for one of the following:

Immediate family members of a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident

To be eligible, you must be both

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.

Immediate family members staying for less than 15 days must be travelling for a non-discretionary purpose.

Find out who’s considered an immediate family member and how to unite with them

Extended family members of a Canadian citizen, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or permanent resident

To be eligible, all of the following must apply:

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.

Extended family members staying for less than 15 days must be travelling for a non-discretionary purpose.

Find out who’s considered an extended family member and how to unite with them

Coming for compassionate reasons

If you’re a foreign national travelling to Canada for a compassionate reason, you must get an authorization from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) to travel to and enter Canada.

Examples of compassionate reasons can include

After you get an authorization from PHAC

You may also need to apply for a visitor visa or eTA. This will allow you to board your flight and travel to Canada.

If you don’t know which travel document you need to travel to Canada, use our online tool to find out if you need a visitor visa or eTA.

Participating in an International Single-Sport Event (ISSE)

You may be eligible to come to Canada to participate in an ISSE, if you’re a

To come to Canada, your National Sport Organization must

You need to bring the letter of authorization with you to travel to and enter Canada.

In most cases you also need a visitor visa or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). PCH will give you instructions about when to apply for your visitor visa or eTA (if needed) and how to get your application prioritized.

Find out more about the authorization process.

All other foreign nationals

To be eligible, you must meet one of the following requirements:

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.

Before you travel to Canada

The COVID-19 pandemic restricts most travel to Canada. If you’re eligible to travel to Canada, make sure you know the rules and what you need to do before and after you arrive.

Use the entering Canada requirements checklist to make sure you meet all the 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.

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