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 will limit travel to Canada. Until further notice, most people cannot travel to Canada, even if they have a valid visitor visa or electronic travel authorization (eTA).

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

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Who can enter Canada

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

Exemptions to the travel restrictions

The following people may travel to Canada for an essential (non-discretionary) purpose from a country other than the U.S.:

An immediate family member is defined as a

Immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents

To board your flight to Canada, you must

You do not need a written authorization from the Government of Canada 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.

Reuniting with an immediate family member who is in Canada temporarily

To board your flight to Canada, you must have written authorization from the Government of Canada to fly to Canada.

There are 2 ways to contact us to request an authorization:

  1. Email IRCC at We’ll contact you within 48 hours of getting your email and tell you what to do next.
  2. Contact the nearest Government of Canada office abroad.

When you contact us, you must provide your

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

Mandatory quarantine for travellers entering Canada

When you arrive in Canada by air or land, we assess your health before you leave the port of entry.

If you’re exempt from the travel restrictions, 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.

The penalties for not following your quarantine plan 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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