Apply for a hotel stopover exemption for residents of Canada returning from compassionate travel: Requirements

Step 1: Determine if you're eligible for an exemption

If you're flying home after travelling abroad for compassionate reasons, you can apply for an exemption from the mandatory 3-night hotel stopover.

You can apply if you live in Canada and are a:

You must have travelled to a foreign country to:

Definition of immediate and extended family

Definition of immediate family

Immediate family members in respect of a person are:

  • the spouse or common-law partner
  • the dependent children of the person or of the person's spouse or common-law partner
  • any dependent children of a dependent child
  • parents or step-parents
  • parents or step-parents of the spouse or common-law partner
  • guardians or tutors
    • guardians and tutors are individuals who are responsible for caring for a foreign national minor who is living apart from a parent for an extended period of time, for example to attend a secondary school in Canada
    • the guardian or tutor should be able to demonstrate that they habitually reside at the same address as the minor
    • officers should be flexible in accepting documentary evidence

For additional information related to the interpretation of a dependent child, consult:

Definition of extended family

Extended family members of a Canadian citizenperson registered under the Indian Act or permanent resident are:

  • an individual who is 18 years of age or older, is in an exclusive dating relationship with the person (who is also 18 years of age or older), has been in such a relationship for at least 1 year and has spent time in the physical presence of the person during the course of the relationship
  • a dependent child of the person in the exclusive dating relationship
  • a child of the person, of their spouse or common-law partner or of the person in the exclusive dating relationship
  • a dependent child of a child (that is, a grandchild)
  • a sibling, half-sibling or step-sibling of the person or of the person's spouse or common-law partner
  • a grandparent of the person or of the person's spouse or common-law partner

Temporary residents: The extended family member definition doesn't apply to familial relations of temporary residents in Canada.

Driving to Canada

If you're driving into Canada, you don't need to apply for this exemption.

Driving to Canada requirements checklist

Step 2: Complete the solemn declaration attachment

Before you start your request for exemption online, you must complete a solemn declaration form.

The declaration must be signed by a Canadian:

You must use the solemn declaration form template. We will not accept any other format.

Solemn Declaration for Residents of Canada Returning from Compassionate Travel (PDF)

Attach the solemn declaration to your online application.

It's an offence under the Quarantine Act to provide a false or misleading statement, which could lead to up to:

Step 3: Gather Supporting Documentation

Gather your supporting documents before you start your request for exemption online.

Step 4: Complete your online request for exemption with the attachments

Before you start the request for exemption online, be ready to attach:

Your request won't be approved if it's incomplete.

What you should know about the online request for exemption

Continue your request for exemption online

Once your attachments are completed and signed

You need to:

Continue: complete your request online

Wait for approval

If your submission is completed, you'll receive a receipt email with an application number.

Your application will be assessed by the Public Health Agency of Canada. We'll confirm that your request meets the requirements for an exemption from the mandatory hotel stopover.

Once your application is approved

Service standard

The Public Health Agency of Canada's goal is to respond to applications within 10 business days. Some cases will fall outside this service standard.

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