Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and visitors to Canada: Uniting with immediate family members

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.

At this time, you can come to Canada only if you’re eligible to travel.

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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’re 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

These documents include

Documents that show your relationship to that family member

Examples of documents include

  • a marriage certificate or proof of common-law status (documents showing a shared address)
  • a birth certificate
  • a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) for one of the following:
    • the family class (the COPR category under Application Details will be FC)
    • the one-year window of opportunity provision (coded OYW under Special Program)
  • other documents that show an immediate family connection, for example
    • correspondence from us showing a spousal sponsorship application in progress
    • documents that show a shared home address

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

How to unite 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 the address below only if you’re reuniting with an immediate family member who is living in Canada temporarily. We won’t respond to any other inquiries.

IRCC.COVID-TravelExemptions-Exemptionsdevoyage-COVID.IRCC@cic.gc.ca

When you contact us, you must provide your

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

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

Health requirements for travellers to Canada

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