Exemptions ending for certain travellers entering Canada

Date Announced:

January 15, 2022

Active Period:

January 15, 2022 until further notice.


The Government of Canada continues to adjust its border measures due to the evolving epidemiological situation of the COVID-19 pandemic. As of January 15, 2022, Canada has limited travel restriction exemptions for unvaccinated persons to a small proportion of IRCC’s clients. Notable exemptions are included for unvaccinated new permanent residents, refugees, temporary foreign workers in agriculture or food-processing occupations, asylum claimants, and some minors under the age of 18. Travellers who are unvaccinated, do not meet the definition of fully vaccinated, or do not meet an exemption will not be permitted to enter Canada.

Departments and Agencies:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:

Permanent residents | Refugee claimants | Temporary foreign workers


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