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Travel for close relatives of Canadian or Permanent Residents

As of October 8, 2020 extended family members of Canadians or Permanent Residents can now cross the border to Canada, provided they are staying for at least 15 days and meet existing eligibility and admissibility requirements. If you are extended family of a Canadian or Permanent Resident, you do not need a non-optional, non-discretionary reason to travel to Canada.

You can be exempt from travel restricions if you:

  • have been in an exclusive dating relationship, for at least one year and have spent time in the physical presence of that person at some point during the relationship;
  • are a non-dependent child (adult child);
  • are a grandchild (dependent child of a non-dependent adult child);
  • are a sibling, half-sibling or step-sibling; or
  • a grandparent.
  • If you are related to the Canadian’s spouse or common-law partner you are considered extended family if you are:
  • an adult child;
  • are a grandchild (dependent child of a non-dependent adult child);
  • are a sibling, half-sibling or step-sibling; or
  • a grandparent.

If you are related to the Canadian’s eligible dating partner, you are extended family if you are:

  • a dependent child;
  • an adult child; or
  • a grandchild (dependent child of a non-dependent adult child).

Exempt extended family members will need a signed declaration by the Canadian citizen or permanent resident that confirms your relationship. You will also need written authorization by IRCC.

How to apply for travel exemption as extended family

There is a six-step process to apply for the travel exemption.

Do not book a flight to Canada until you get your written authorization from IRCC.

You must have a copy of the application for authorization and statutory declaration as well as the written authorization with you when you travel. Without this, you won’t be allowed to board your flight or enter Canada.

Once the form is signed by solemn declaration, you have six months to travel to Canada. If you don’t travel within six months, you’ll need a new statutory declaration.

Border services officers have the final say on which individuals are allowed to enter the country. Along with your exemption, you will need a 14-day quarantine plan. If you will quarantine with a vulnerable person, you may be asked to provide proof that they consent to let you quarantine with them.