Canada reveals how extended family, compassionate travellers can apply for travel exemptions

Date Announced:

October 8, 2020

Active Period:

October 8, 2020 until further notice. Measures lifted August 9, 2021, for U.S. citizens and U.S. lawful permanent residents and September 7, 2021, for all other foreign nationals with proof of vaccination.


As of today, October 8, extended family members 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, you do not need a non-optional, non-discretionary reason to travel to Canada.

Departments and Agencies:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:

Family class (reunification) | Visitors


compassionate grounds | extended family

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