Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Visitors to Canada

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

Due to the impacts of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we:

We continue to process applications, so you can be ready to travel when the restrictions are lifted.

Even if you have a valid visitor visa or electronic travel authorization (eTA), you may not be able to travel at this time or be guaranteed entry to Canada.

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Who is eligible to travel to Canada

Foreign nationals, including United States (US) citizens, can travel to Canada as visitors only if they’re eligible. Restrictions vary depending on where you’re coming from.

Find out who can travel to Canada.

If you’re coming to Canada to unite with family

There are documents you need and instructions to follow in order to unite with your family.

Find out what you need to do to unite with your immediate or extended family.

What you need to do if you’re eligible to travel to Canada

ArriveCAN mobile app

Consider using the ArriveCAN mobile app (Android, iOS or web format) on your phone before arriving at the border. You can reduce your waiting time and minimize contact with border and health officers by submitting your information in advance.

If you’re eligible to travel to Canada at this time, but you don’t have a visa or eTA, you need to tell us, so we can prioritize your application. What you need to do depends on if you’ve already applied or not.

If you’ve already applied for a visa or eTA

Follow the steps for

If you haven’t applied for a visa or eTA yet

  1. Use our online tool to find out if you need a visitor visa or an eTA.
  2. Follow the instructions to

If you’re not eligible to travel right now

You can apply for a visitor visa or an eTA, even if you’re not eligible to travel at this time. If your application is approved, you must wait for the travel restrictions to end to travel to Canada.

If you’re already in Canada, and your visitor status is still valid

You can apply online for a visitor record to extend your stay in Canada.

When you apply, make sure you include a note explaining why you need to extend your stay in Canada.

If you’re a visitor who needs a work permit

We’re temporarily allowing visitors to apply online for a work permit from inside Canada.

If you’re in Canada, and your visitor status has expired

You may be able to restore your status.

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