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UPDATE – September 26, 2022

Key Updates and Changes

Starting October 1, 2022:

  • The ArriveCAN app will no longer be mandatory for entry to Canada.
  • Travelers, including Canadian citizens, must adapt to the evolving landscape of entry requirements.

Read the full announcement – Government of Canada to remove COVID-19 border and travel measures effective October 1 –

ArriveCAN Requirements: What You Need to Know

Mandatory Usage: If you’re traveling to Canada by land, air, rail, or sea, the use of ArriveCAN is mandatory. Submit your information within 72 hours before your arrival or boarding a ship to Canada.

Exemptions: Certain individuals, such as Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and those eligible under specific entry exemptions, will not be denied entry but may face additional health questioning, potential delays, or enforcement actions.

Exemptions from ArriveCAN Usage

While all travelers must use ArriveCAN, limited exceptions exist. You can use an alternative if you fall into one of these categories:

  1. Persons with Accessibility Needs: If you have cognitive or physical impairments, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO).
  2. Inadequate Infrastructure: Lack of internet access due to country-based censorship or connectivity issues.
  3. Service Disruption or Natural Disaster: In cases of ArriveCAN outages, service disruptions, or natural disasters affecting internet connectivity.
  4. Asylum Seekers: Individuals making a refugee protection claim when entering from the United States.
  5. Resettled Refugees: Refugees entering with approval from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Stay updated with these changes to ensure a hassle-free entry to Canada.

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