U.S. DIPLOMATIC MISSION TO CANADA
Message to U.S. Citizens in Canada: Modified Canadian Entry Restrictions for Immediate Family Members
June 10, 2020
Event: Modified Canadian Entry Restrictions for Certain Immediate Family Members
Modified Canadian Entry Restrictions for Immediate Family Members
While most foreign nationals are currently prohibited from entering Canada for discretionary (non-essential) purposes, on June 8 the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced that foreign nationals who are immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents can enter Canada for a discretionary (non-essential) purpose if they meet all of the following requirements:
- They do not have COVID-19.
- They do not have reason to believe they have COVID-19.
- They do not have signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
- They are entering to be with their immediate family member for a period of at least 15 days.
Foreign nationals who meet these requirements and are permitted to enter Canada must quarantine for 14 days.
Those who intend to stay in Canada for 14 days or less may continue to enter Canada for non-discretionary reasons only.
Immediate family members of temporary residents in Canada, such as those on a student or work visa cannot enter Canada.
For purposes of these entry requirements,“immediate family member” refers to a person’s:
- Spouse or common-law partner.
- Dependent child, as defined in section 2 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, or a dependent child of the person’s spouse or common-law partner.
- Dependent child, as defined in section 2 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, of a dependent child referred to in paragraph (b).
- Parent or step-parent or the parent or step-parent of the person’s spouse or common-law partner.
- Guardian or tutor.
Find out more about travel restrictions for immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents on the CBSA web site.
Actions to Take:
Keep STEP Enrollment Active—
- Encourage U.S. citizen friends and family to enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)so the U.S. Embassy and Consulates can contact them with updated information. If you plan to remain in Canada beyond your previously planned travel dates, remember to modify your STEP profile in order to continue to receive information and emergency alerts.
Monitor the following U.S. Government websites—
- Embassy webpage for information on conditions in Canada.
- Travel Restrictions Fact Sheet for information on COVID-19 Related Travel Restrictions across the U.S. Borders with Canada and Mexico.
- CDC website for the most up-to-date health
- COVID-19 page on travel.state.gov for the latest travel
- Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection for the latest on travel restrictions for entry to the U.S.
- State.gov’s Canada Information and Travel Advisory page for Canada-specific information.
- Please visit the FBI site for information on national security.
Monitor the following Canadian Government websites—
- Canadian Government’s COVID-19 response website.
- Canada Border Services Agency for all information on entry and exit requirements to Canada.
- Canadian Anti-Fraud Center for information on fraud schemes and cyber crime.
Monitor the following additional suggested websites—
- Airlines, buses, trains, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
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For Assistance: The U.S. Embassy and Consulates General are continually monitoring the current situation in Canada and continue to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens.
U.S. Consulate General Montreal
1134, Rue Ste-Catherine West
Montreal, QC H3B 1H4
Telephone: +1 (514) 398-9695
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +1 (416 ) 645-9124
Fax: +1 (514) 398-9748
U.S. Consulate General Toronto
360 University Ave
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1S4
Telephone: +1 (416) 595-1700
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +1 (416) 595-6506
Fax: +1 (416) 595-5466
U.S. Consulate General Vancouver
1075 West Pender Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 2M6
Telephone: +1 (604) 685-4311
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +1 (604) 685-4311
Fax: +1 (604) 685-7175
U.S. Consulate General Halifax
Purdy’s Wharf Tower II
1969 Upper Water Street, Suite 904
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3R7
Telephone: +1 (902) 429-2480
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +1 (902) 429-2480, Press 1
Fax: +1 (902) 423-6861
U.S. Consulate General Quebec
2, rue de la Terrasse Dufferin
(Vieux Quebec, behind Chateau Frontenac)
Quebec, Quebec G1R 4T9
Telephone: +1 (418) 692-2095
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +1 (418) 692-2096
Fax: +1 (418) 692-4640