I am a sponsored refugee. Do the new restrictions on travel to Canada apply to me?Updated September 7
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.
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 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.