Global Mobility Updates – Canada

COVID-19 Mobility Updates in Canada

Get the latest updates on the COVID-19 mobility situation here.

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In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, Canada has put in place precautionary measures to reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19. Before making a decision to move to Canada, it is important to keep up with the latest news on the travel restrictions to help you better plan your relocation.

Last updated: 26 May 2020

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Travel Restriction Updates – COVID-19

UPDATE: With the surge in imported COVID-19 cases, all foreign nationals (excluding those arriving from the U.S. for essential services) are prohibited from entering Canada.

Here’s what you need to know about the travel restrictions in Canada.

Entering Canada Borders

  • All foreign nationals (excluding those arriving from the U.S. for essential services) are prohibited from entering Canada. 
  • Canada-U.S. border will remain closed to all non-essential travel till at least June 21, 2020. 
  • Those who are allowed entry to Canada include Canadian citizens, Canadian permanent residents, persons registered under Canada’s Indian Act, protected persons and immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
  • Those exempted from travel restrictions include foreign nationals coming for essential purposes from the United States, foreign nationals exempted from the travel restrictions for essential purposes and persons reuniting with an immediate family member who is in Canada temporarily.
  • Potential travellers should consult the Border Information Service for information.

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Travel requirement upon entering Canada

  • All travellers are required to provide basic information via the traveller contact information form, available through ArriveCAN mobile app, web-based form or a paper form
  • Undergo a screening by a border services officer or quarantine officer to assess symptoms
  • Mandatory quarantine for 14 days

Leaving Canada Borders

  • The Government of Canada advises to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice.
  • If you are still considering travel outside of Canada, you should do the following:

See Travel Advice and Advisories: FAQ for more information.

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Travel requirement for immediate family members of Canadian citizens and PR

  • Health checked by airline officials to confirm no symptoms of COVID‑19. Anyone showing symptoms will not be allowed to board.
  • Highlight to the airline that you’re exempted from the travel restrictions and show that you’re travelling to Canada for an essential (non-discretionary) reason.
  • Present documents as proof that you’re an immediate family member.
  • Ensure you have a valid travel document (visitor visa or eTA) and a passport that is valid to fly to Canada.

Travel requirement for person reuniting with an immediate family members who is in Canada temporarily

  • Health checked by airline officials to confirm no symptoms of COVID‑19. Anyone showing symptoms will not be allowed to board.
  • Present written authorization from IRCC confirming exemption from travel restrictions.
  • Present valid visitor visa (if applicable) or an eTA (for visa-exempted country nationals)
  • Highlight to the airline that you’re exempted from the travel restrictions and show that you’re travelling to Canada for an essential (non-discretionary) reason.

Visa Updates

Get updates on changes pertaining to Visa information here.

Changes to visa and IRCC services during COVID-19

For more information visit COVID-19: IRCC offices and VACs

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Temporary visa processing changes during COVID-19

Until May 19, 2020, there will be a suspension in the processing of some applications, and the application process has changed for visitor visas (including transit visas), eTAs, study permits and work permits.

Visit Application for visitor visa, eTA, or study or work permit from outside Canada for more details.

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Summary

Here is an overview of the travel restrictions in Canada.

CategoryTravel HistoryTravel measuresTravel Requirements:
ANY person with symptoms of COVID-19 prior to boardingAll countries and regionsNot allowed entry to CanadaRefusal of entry for 14 days or until a medical certificate is presented that confirms symptoms exhibited are not related to COVID-19 virus.
Canadian citizens, Canadian permanent residents, person registered under Canada’s Indian Act, protected persons (without COVID-19 symptoms)Allowed entry to Canada with mandatory 14 day quarantineProvide basic information using the traveller contact information form & undergo health screening
Immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents
(without COVID-19 symptoms)
Provide basic information using the traveller contact information form, undergo health screening, show proof of travel exemption (document proof, written authorization from IRCC, etc) and have a valid travel document
Foreign nationals
(without COVID-19 symptoms)
For essential purposes from the U.S. or exempted from travel restrictions
Persons reuniting with an immediate family member who is in Canada temporarily
Other reasonsNot allowed entry to Canada-
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More Information on COVID-19

Check out the following pages and contact informations to get the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation.

For COVID-19 information: 1-833-784-4397 

Public Health Agency of Canada: 1-844-280-5020

For more information about Public Health Agency of Canada visit here

Canada Border Services Agency Contact Information

Government of Canada: COVID-19 website

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