Ukraine immigration measures: Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated Ukrainians and their family members

As a special measure, due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, unvaccinated Ukrainian nationals and their family members may be exempt from the current prohibition on entry to Canada.

Ukrainian nationals

If you’re a Ukrainian national with a valid temporary resident visa or temporary resident permit issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), you can enter Canada if you’re not fully vaccinated. This also applies if the vaccine you got is approved by the World Health Organization, but isn’t currently recognized by Canada.

When you travel to Canada, bring documents to show your Ukrainian nationality.

You must meet all other public health requirements, such as quarantine and pre-and post-arrival testing. With limited exceptions, all travellers to Canada, including anyone arriving under the CUAET, must also use ArriveCAN.

Family members of Ukrainian nationals

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated family members of a Ukrainian national who hold a valid temporary resident visa can enter Canada if they

This also applies if the vaccine you got is approved by the World Health Organization, but isn’t currently recognized by Canada.

You must meet all other public health requirements, such as quarantine and pre-and post-arrival testing. With limited exceptions, all travellers to Canada, including anyone arriving under the CUAET, must also use ArriveCAN.

A family member is defined as a

If you’re approved for a visitor visa and are unvaccinated

When we issue your visa, we’ll also give you a letter to confirm you’re exempt from the travel restrictions. You should bring this letter with you when you travel to Canada.

If you already have a valid visitor visa or a valid eTA and are unvaccinated

You can request an exemption from the entry prohibition to Canada directly from IRCC by contacting your nearest visa office. Find the visa office closest to you.

Quarantine, testing and ArriveCAN

Even if you are exempt from the requirement to be fully vaccinated for the purpose of entry to Canada, you still need to meet all other public health requirements, including mandatory quarantine, testing and using ArriveCAN to submit your travel and quarantine plans.

Follow the steps below to make sure you meet all the health requirements.

  1. Assess your quarantine plan before you travel
  2. Get your pre-entry test results
  3. Register in advance for your arrival test
  4. Use ArriveCAN to submit your travel and quarantine plans
  5. Have your ArriveCAN receipt, test results and quarantine plan ready to show the border services officer when you arrive

Find more on travel, testing and border requirements

Connecting flights and domestic travel in Canada

Normally, you must be fully vaccinated to board federally regulated methods of travel in Canada, such as commercial planes or trains.

If you’re allowed entry into Canada without qualifying as fully vaccinated, you may take a connecting flight in Canada as long as the scheduled departure time of your domestic flight is within 24 hours of the departure time for your flight to Canada.

If you have connecting travel outside of the initial 24 hours, you may need to apply for an exemption to the vaccination requirement from Transport Canada.

Find out who needs to apply for this exemption and how to apply.

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