Return to Canada

Every year, millions of Canadian citizens return to Canada from abroad. Make your re-entry safe and easy – here is all you need to know about going through customs, the process for re-entering Canada, what to do if you are sick, and information on U.S. border wait times.


Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Official travel advisories are in effect: Avoid non-essential travel outside Canada and avoid all travel on cruise ships outside Canada until further notice.

Check the Pandemic COVID-19 travel health notice.

Check our COVID-19 safety and security advice for Canadians abroad.

If you need financial help to return to Canada, check COVID-19: Financial help for Canadians outside Canada.

Returning to Canada? As of November 21, travellers to Canada must submit COVID-related information digitally.  Use ArriveCAN to comply with the new mandatory requirements.

Services and information


What to know when you and your goods arrive at customs after travelling abroad

U.S. to Canada border wait times

Regularly updated list of wait times at border crossing points for drivers coming to Canada from the U.S.

If you get sick after travelling

What to do if you are sick when or after you return to Canada

Moving back to Canada

Links to the provincial and territorial government resources you need when you move back to Canada

Immigration (non-Canadian citizens)

Information for prospective Canadian citizens

Travelling to Canada

Information you need to visit, live, work or study in Canada

Travelling as a dual citizen

Dual citizenship can be complicated and cause problems when you travel.

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