- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No, except for essential travel.
- United States and Canada have a mutual agreement to restrict non-essential travel across our shared border. The current agreement runs through September 21. For more information, see our fact sheet.
- “Non-essential” travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature. “Essential travel”, which is still permitted, includes: work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security.
- U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and individuals with valid travel documents will be exempted from restrictions on entering the United States.
- Trade and business travel will continue to operate across our borders, ensuring workers and goods are not impeded.
- Land borders are operating at reduced capacity and with limited hours. Visit CBP and CBSA for details on land border crossings.
- Similar restrictions apply to U.S. citizens traveling to Canada via air or from other countries. For more information, see Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) website here.
- On June 8, CBSA announced modified entry restrictions for certain immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Read CBSA’s full announcement here.
- As of July 31, 2020, at 12:01am PDT stricter rules and additional entry conditions will be imposed on travelers transiting through Canada to or from Alaska for a non-discretionary purpose. Full information is available in the CBSA News release.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
- All passengers on flights departing or arriving at Canadian airports are now required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering that covers their mouth and nose. Please check the Canadian Government’s COVID-19 travel restrictions and exemptions page for additional information.
- Note: Canadian authorities continue to ask the public to reserve medical masks for healthcare workers and first responders.
- If you want to extend your stay in Canada as a visitor (stay in Canada longer), you need to apply for a visitor record. A visitor record is a document that gives you status as a visitor in Canada, allows you to stay longer and includes a new expiration date. You must apply for a visitor record before your current status expires.
- If you have a work permit that is about to expire or you need to make changes to it, you should apply to extend your work permit or change the conditions on it. You need to apply at least 30 days before your current work permit expires. You cannot extend your work permit beyond the expiration date of your passport.
- If you have a pending Canadian immigration application and your U.S. passport has expired, please see the Government of Canada’s webpage on the impact of COVID-19 on immigration, refugee, citizenship, and passport operations. You may be eligible for an extension on your application if it is not documentarily complete due to COVID-19.