COVID-19: Latest Canada Immigration News & FAQs
This CanadaVisa page provides you with the latest information on travel-related measures and how the coronavirus pandemic affects Canada's immigration system.
The following FAQs aim to give you information on how Canada's current measure regarding COVID-19 may affect you.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you are a fully vaccinated non-essential traveller you are allowed to enter Canada.
To verify if you are allowed to enter Canada at this time, you may use this government tool.
If you are not vaccinated or only partially vaccinated against COVID-19, you can only enter Canada if you meet one of Canada's travel restriction exemptions and comply with Canada's special travel requirements. The following individuals may be able to cross the border into Canada even if they are not vaccinated:
- Canadian citizens;
- Permanent residents;
- Those under the age of 18 and coming to Canada to study or visit family;
- Individuals passing through Canada to go to another country;
- Foreign nationals who hold a valid Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR);
- Ukrainian nationals;
- Temporary foreign workers (from farming or food processing sectors only);
- Foreign nationals entering Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds in special circumstances, such as terminal illness, serious injury or death;
- Marine crew, including commercial fishing vessels;
- Accredited diplomat or their immediate family members;
- French citizens of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon.
As of January 15, 2022, certain groups of travellers who were previously exempt from entry requirements will now only be admitted to Canada if they are fully vaccinated, they include
- Family reunification travellers (unvaccinated children 18 years of age or younger are still exempt if they are travelling to join an immediate or extended family member who is fully vaccinated or a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or a person registered under the Indian Act);
- International students 18 years of age and older;
- Professional and amateur athletes;
- Persons with valid work permits, including temporary foreign workers (with the exception of those in the agriculture and agri-food sectors); and
- Essential service providers, including truck drivers.
- Effective April 25, 2022, children ages 5-11 who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated no longer need to be tested prior to travel. Children between the ages of 5 and 11 who are accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent, stepparent, guardian or caregiver will no longer be required to undergo COVID-19 testing prior to entry into Canada. However, pre-entry testing will still be required for partially vaccinated or unvaccinated travellers aged 12 years and older who are currently eligible to travel to Canada.
- Effective April 1, 2022, fully vaccinated travellers are no longer required to provide a COVID-19 test result prior to entry into Canada by air, land or sea.
- Effective February 28, 2022, travellers arriving in Canada from any country and considered fully vaccinated are no longer subject to mandatory COVID-19 screening upon arrival, but will instead be randomly selected for testing. Travellers who are selected for testing on arrival are not required to remain in quarantine while awaiting their test results. Children under 12 years of age, travelling with fully vaccinated adults, are no longer required to wait 14 days before attending school, camp or daycare. Moreover, travellers have the option of using a COVID-19 rapid antigen test result or a molecular test result to meet pre-admission requirements. The rapid antigen test needs to be authorized by the country in which it was purchased and has to be administered by a laboratory, health care entity or telehealth service.
- Effective November 30, 2021. passengers 12 years and older are not allowed on flights departing from Canadian airports, take a VIA Rail train, a Rocky Mountaineer train and cruise ship passengers on trips of 24 hours or more if they are not fully vaccinated.
- The following are vaccines currently approved in Canada:
- AstraZeneca COVISHIELD
- Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin
- Janssen (Johnson & Johnson);
- Medicago Covifenz
- Sinovac; and
- It is important to note that all travelers to Canada are still required to use ArriveCAN (mobile app or website) to provide mandatory travel information within 72 hours of arrival in Canada and/or prior to boarding an aircraft or cruise ship to Canada. This information includes contact and travel information, vaccination information and proof of vaccination (if applicable).
As of February 28, 2022, international passenger flights are allowed to land at all Canadian airports that are designated by the Canada Border Services Agency to receive international passenger flights.
IRCC has provided the following guidance on the recommended travel documentation that exempted individuals should carry with them when traveling to Canada:
Immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents:
Documentation demonstrating their immediate family member’s Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status, such as a:
- Canadian passport
- Canadian citizenship proof such as a citizenship certificate, card, or provincial birth certificate
- Canadian permanent resident card
- Canadian permanent resident travel document
- Canadian citizens are encouraged to travel with a valid Canadian passport, however they may travel to Canada on a visa-exempt foreign passport upon receiving a confirmation email from IRCC approving special authorization
To demonstrate their relationship to that immediate family members, exempt individuals should carry documentation such as a:
- Marriage certificate or common-law status certificate
- Birth certificate
- Confirmation of Permanent Residence for the family class
- Other proof showing an immediate family connection such as correspondence from IRCC showing a spousal sponsorship application is being processed, or proof of a shared residential address)
Holders of a confirmation of permanent residence (COPR) are exempt from the travel restrictions and can self-identify to airlines by presenting:
- Permanent resident visa, or
- A COPR document
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