Travel restrictions in Canada

Caring for others, funerals and support

COVID-19 testing required for people flying into Canada

Starting January 7, 2021, air travellers 5 years of age or older are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result to the airline prior to boarding international flights bound for Canada. See new requirements for air travellers.

Mandatory 14-day quarantine or isolation

Everyone entering Canada must follow mandatory isolation or quarantine requirements. Not respecting the mandatory requirements is a serious offence and you could face consequences and penalties.

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Foreign nationals applying for compassionate entry

All Foreign nationals must apply for and receive written approval for compassionate entry in order to enter Canada. Without this advanced approval, you will likely be denied entry.

You can apply to enter for the following compassionate reasons:

The person you will care for, visit at end of life, or attend the funeral of must reside in Canada and be either:

Limited (temporary) release from quarantine for compassionate reasons

If required, you can request a limited release from quarantine for compassionate reasons as part of your compassionate entry application.

Some provinces and territories may not allow for limited release from quarantine for compassionate reasons. This means that even if you receive approval from the Public Health Agency of Canada a province or territory may have additional restrictions. In the event of conflicting requirements between federal restrictions and provincial or territorial travel restrictions, you must comply with those that is are the most stringent.

Before applying, please check provincial or territorial requirements and check back often to find out if any of their quarantine requirements prohibit limited release from quarantine.

Provincial and territorial travel restrictions

Apply for entry

If you are providing support or care for someone, or requesting to be present during the final moments of life

Before you can begin your application, you’ll first need to complete a Letter of Required Support.

If you are also applying for a limited release from quarantine for compassionate reasons, you'll also need to get permission for any locations that will be part of your caregiving activities or end of life visit before applying.

  1. Instructions for the Letter of Required Support
  2. Instructions for site visit authorization during limited release from quarantine
  3. Apply for compassionate entry (Traveller Application)

You must comply with:

You must bring all required compassionate approvals with you in order to enter Canada. A government representative makes the final decision for entry at the port of entry based on the information presented to them at the time.

If you are attending a funeral or end of life ceremony

Before you can begin your application, you’ll first need to have a document to use as proof of death.

If you are also applying to request a limited release from quarantine for compassionate reasons, you'll also need to get permission to go to the location the funeral or the end of life ceremony is being held before applying.

  1. Have a document to use as proof of death, such as:
    • statement of death
    • medical certificate of death
    • burial permit
    • death certificate
  2. Instructions for site visit authorization during limited release from quarantine
  3. Apply for compassionate entry (Traveller Application)

You must comply with:

You must bring your approved compassionate application and forms with you in order to enter Canada. A government representative makes the final decision for entry at the port of entry based on the information presented to them at the time.

Other types of care

At this time, Canada is not permitting entry to foreign nationals for any other care providing reasons.

Foreign nationals cannot enter Canada to provide:

You may still be able to enter Canada to reunite with family.

Foreign nationals reuniting with family

Canadians returning to Canada

If you are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, person registered under the Indian Act, or a protected person, you are allowed to enter Canada.

Some provinces and territories have entry restrictions in place that could limit your ability to travel to provide care for someone, or attend a funeral in the first 14 days after your arrival in Canada.

You must comply with:

Limited (temporary) release from quarantine for compassionate reasons

If required, you can request a limited release from quarantine for compassionate reasons.

Some provinces and territories may not allow for limited release from quarantine for compassionate reasons. This means that even if you receive approval from the Public Health Agency of Canada a province or territory may have additional restrictions. In the event of conflicting requirements between federal restrictions and provincial or territorial travel restrictions, you must comply with those that is are the most stringent.

Before applying, please check provincial or territorial restrictions requirements and check back often to find out if any of their quarantine requirements prohibit limited release from quarantine.

Apply for a limited (temporary) release from quarantine for compassionate reasons

You can only apply if the person you are caring for, visiting at end of life, or attending the funeral of is residing in Canada and is:

  • a Canadian citizen
  • a permanent resident of Canada
  • a temporary resident of Canada
  • a protected person (refugee status) or
  • a person registered under the Indian Act

Before you can apply, you'll first need to get permission to go to any locations that will be part of your caregiving activities, or the location of the end of life visit, or the location of the funeral.

  1. Instructions for site visit authorization during limited release from quarantine (only if required)
  2. Apply for Limited Release from Quarantine (only if required, for Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons registered under the Indian Act)

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