Compassionate entry for travellers and limited release from quarantine
COVID-19 border measures end on October 1, 2022
Starting October 1, 2022, all COVID-19 border requirements, including vaccination, mandatory use of ArriveCAN, and any testing and quarantine/isolation requirements will end for all travellers entering Canada whether by land, air or sea.
We understand that you're arriving under difficult circumstances, but all travellers entering Canada, regardless of citizenship, must follow testing and quarantine requirements.
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Applying for an exemption
You must make an online application request to enter and/or for a limited release from quarantine for compassionate reasons if it's to:
- be present during the final moments of life for a loved one
- provide support to a person who's critically ill as determined by a health care practitioner who is licensed in Canada
- provide care to a person who has an urgent medical condition that requires immediate support as determined by a health care practitioner who is licensed in Canada
- attend a funeral or end-of-life ceremony
A limited release from quarantine is required when:
- you need to leave your place of quarantine
- you'll quarantine where you'll support, care or have the funeral or end-of-life ceremony
The person you'll care for, visit at end of life, or attend the funeral of must reside in Canada and be one of the following:
- Canadian citizen
- person registered under the Indian Act
- permanent resident of Canada
- temporary resident of Canada
- protected person (refugee status)
Fully vaccinated travellers do not require a compassionate exemption. To qualify as fully vaccinated, your vaccines must be acceptable by the Government of Canada for the purpose of travel to Canada. Check if you qualify as fully vaccinated.
You can apply for a limited release from quarantine for compassionate reasons if you don't qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller and require a limited release from the 14-day quarantine period on arrival.
Unvaccinated foreign nationals
If you don't qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, you must make an online application request to enter for compassionate reasons. You must have written approval prior to your entry to Canada. Without this advanced approval, you'll likely be denied entry.
You can also apply for a limited release from quarantine for compassionate reasons if you require a limited release from the 14-day quarantine period on arrival.
Once your application is approved
- Print or take screenshots of your compassionate approvals and attachments. Bring these with you to enter Canada.
- A government official will make the final decision for entry at the border, based on information presented to them.
- International travellers must carry acceptable identification and a valid visa (if necessary) when entering Canada.
- An approval under the Compassionate Exemption Program won't impact the processing time of your visa application.
- Find out if you need a visa or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).
Please note, Compassionate Exemption applications do not expedite or prioritize the processing of visa applications.
Testing and quarantine requirements for travellers
Travellers entering Canada must follow testing and quarantine requirements to keep everyone safe.
Make sure you meet all the entry requirements for your situation:
Provincial and territorial requirements for travellers
It's important to check for the most up to date information on travel requirements to enter Canada. Each province and territory sets their own provincial border measures and public health guidelines.
They may also apply public health measures for vaccinated Canadians differently. Where the requirements differ, you must follow the stricter rules.
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