I am not a permanent resident. Can I come to Canada to join my family?Updated September 7

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.

Fully vaccinated travellers

Since July 5, 2021, travellers who are eligible to travel to Canada do not have to quarantine or take a COVID-19 test when they arrive if they have had a full series of federal government-approved vaccines. These fully vaccinated travellers also do not have to stay at a government-approved hotel.

As of August 9, 2021, citizens and permanent residents of the United States who are fully vaccinated will also be able to travel to Canada from the United States.

As of September 7, 2021, all other travellers who are fully vaccinated will be able to travel to Canada for non-essential travel.

All eligible travellers can receive their vaccine in any country.

To be considered fully vaccinated, you must:

  • have your vaccines at least 14 days before coming to Canada
  • provide paper or digital copy of a document that proves your vaccination. It must be in English, French or include a certified translation

These travellers must still meet all other mandatory requirements, including pre-arrival and on-arrival testing. They must also present a suitable quarantine plan.

Children who are not eligible to be vaccinated will still have to complete the mandatory 14-day quarantine and testing. But they won't have to stay at a government-approved hotel.

Restrictions on arrivals for all other travellers to Canada

For other travellers who are not fully vaccinated, there are no changes to Canada's border measures at this time.

For now, 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 September 21, 2021.

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