I am not a permanent resident. Can I come to Canada to join my family?

On June 8, 2020, the government announced changes to the rules about who can travel to Canada. Close family members of Canadian citizens or permanent residents are now allowed to enter Canada to see their family. The visit must be for at least 15 days.

Close family members include:

  • or
  • dependent child of the dependent child
  • parent or step-parent
  • guardian or tutor

You won’t be allowed to enter Canada if you are showing any COVID-19 symptoms or if you believe you might have COVID-19.

The new rule doesn’t allow close family members of people with temporary status in Canada to enter the country. For example, people who are here with a study permit or work permit don’t qualify to have their close family members join them.

Everyone admitted to Canada must go into quarantine for 14 days.

On October 8, 2020, the government announced a new compassionate entry program that allows travellers to come to Canada to attend a funeral or to care for a loved one. Travellers can now ask for an exemption from border restrictions and relief from the 14-day quarantine rule in these situations. See more information here.

As of November 21, 2020, any traveller who arrives in Canada must provide contact and quarantine information. If you’re travelling by land or sea, you’re encouraged to use ArriveCAN before you travel. You use ArriveCan to provide mandatory travel information on and after your entry into Canada. You can use ArriveCAN as an app or online.

New restrictions on all international arrivals to Canada

If you’re arriving by land or by plane, you must take a COVID-19 test when you arrive. You must stay in a government-approved hotel for three nights while you wait for your test results. You will be responsible for the cost of your stay, unless you are a privately sponsored refugee.

All travellers must also provide their contact and quarantine information before crossing the border or boarding a flight to Canada via ArriveCAN.

After February 22, 2021, all travellers are required to take another COVID-19 test toward the end of their 14-day quarantine period.

If you don’t follow these rules, you could face a serious penalty, including fines or imprisonment.

The restriction on all non-essential travel at the Canada-US border has been extended to June 21, 2021.

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