Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and visitors to Canada: Visitor visa applications

Additional changes to entry, testing and quarantine requirements in response to the Omicron variant

There are temporary changes for all travellers, including Canadian citizens, regardless of their vaccination status.

Additional restrictions and requirements now apply to these countries:

  • Botswana, Egypt, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe

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Changes to border measures

New border measures include

  • rules for re-entering Canada, if leaving for 72 hours or less
  • who is considered fully vaccinated
  • rules for travelling within Canada

Starting January 15, 2022, there will be new rules for who can enter Canada as an unvaccinated or partially vaccinated traveller.

Learn more about the new measures

Visitor visa applications submitted before September 7, 2021

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If you applied before September 7, 2021, and you already told us that you qualify for a COVID-19 exemption

You do not need to submit a new application or write to us again.

We’ll process the application you submitted before September 7, 2021. 

We’ll send you an email if we need more information from you or when we reach a decision.

If your situation has changed since you submitted your visitor visa application

We recommend that you submit a new online application if

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Make sure to include up-to-date information and, if possible, your previous application number.

By submitting a new application, your previous visitor visa application will be withdrawn. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee of a refund, and you won’t receive a written confirmation that your previous application has been withdrawn.

If you don’t intend to travel to Canada right now

There’s nothing else you need to do. Your application will remain in the queue for processing.

If you no longer want to travel to Canada

You can request a withdrawal via the web form. There is no guarantee that you will get a refund.

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