I am not a permanent resident. Can I come to Canada from the United States?

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

In March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 emergency, the government limited the reasons for crossing the border between the United States and Canada. The restrictions severely limited access to Canada for refugee claimants.

These restrictions were updated on March 27, 2020 to allow additional people to cross the border, including:

  • temporary foreign workers, like caregivers, fish and seafood workers, and seasonal agricultural workers
  • international students who held a valid study permit, or who had been approved for a study permit, when the travel restrictions took effect on March 18, 2020
  • applicants who had been approved for permanent residence but who had not yet travelled to Canada before the travel restrictions took effect on March 18, 2020

On June 8, 2020, the government announced that close family members of permanent residents and Canadian citizens will also be allowed to enter Canada if they don't show any sign of having COVID-19.

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.

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, 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 serious penalty, including fines or imprisonment.

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