I am a sponsored refugee. Do the new restrictions on travel to Canada apply to me?

On February 22, 2021, the government announced more restrictions on international travel to Canada. 

If you’re a privately-sponsored refugee and you receive your visa before March 18, 2021, you can still travel to Canada. 

Your flight must land at one of four Canadian international airports in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, or Vancouver. And you are expected to follow the mandatory 14-day quarantine requirements.

Arrivals by plane and land

If you’re arriving 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. The hotels are paid for by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

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

If you have a positive COVID-19 test, you will be transferred to a Public Health Agency of Canada facility.

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

Sponsored refugees can provide ArriveCAN information when they arrive in Canada, if it wasn’t completed before their departure.

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

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