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:
- Canadian citizen
- person registered under the Indian Act
- permanent resident
- temporary resident
- protected person
You must have travelled to a foreign country to:
- be present during the final moments of life for a member of your immediate or extended family
- provide support to a member of your immediate or extended family who is deemed to be critically ill by a licensed health care professional
- provide care to a member of your immediate or extended family who is deemed by a licensed health care professional to require support for a medical reason
- attend a funeral or end-of-life ceremony of a member of your immediate or extended family
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 citizen, person 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.
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:
- Commissioner for Oaths
- Justice of the peace
- Notary public
You must use the solemn declaration form template. We will not accept any other format.
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:
- 6 months in prison and/or
- $750,000 in fines
Step 3: Gather Supporting Documentation
Gather your supporting documents before you start your request for exemption online.
- Proof of required support or care, signed by a licensed health care professional is mandatory if you're:
- providing support to an immediate or extended family member who is deemed to be critically ill by a licensed health care practitioner
- providing care to an immediate or extended family member who is deemed by a licensed health care practitioner to require support for a medical reason
- Proof of death documentation if you're:
- attending a funeral or end-of-life ceremony of an immediate or extended family member
Step 4: Complete your online request for exemption with the attachments
Before you start the request for exemption online, be ready to attach:
- a complete and signed solemn declaration form
- any supporting documentation, as outlined in step 3
Your request won't be approved if it's incomplete.
What you should know about the online request for exemption
- You won't be able to save your online request to complete later.
- There are 8 pages in total.
- Clicking 'Next' to get to the following page doesn't submit information or your application.
- Have your solemn declaration file ready to attach to the request on page 6.
- On the final page, click the 'Submit' button.
- You'll receive an immediate message indicating, 'Submission completed successfully.'
Continue your request for exemption online
Once your attachments are completed and signed
You need to:
- attach your completed and signed solemn declaration to this online request
- complete a new request for each applicant
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.
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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