I am not a permanent resident. Can I come to Canada from the U.S.?

The restriction on all non-essential travel at the Canada-US border has been extended to April 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. See more information here.

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, when any traveller arrives in Canada, they must provide contact and quarantine information. If you’re travelling by land or sea, you’re encouraged to use ArriveCAN before you travel. ArriveCan is used 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 serious penalty, including fines or imprisonment.

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