Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Information for Canadians and permanent residents
Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Registered Indians under the Indian Act continue to enter Canada by right, and are subject to COVID-19 measures. This section summarizes important information for Canadian and permanent residents.
To limit the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Canada advises Canadians to avoid all discretionary travel outside of Canada until further notice. Non-discretionary travel means travelling for reasons that are essential or non-optional.
The Governments of Canada and the United States have temporarily suspended discretionary travel across the Canada-US border. These restrictions are in place until , and may be extended.
Returning to Canada
In order to limit the introduction and spread of COVID-19, the Government of Canada has put in place measures that must be followed by all travellers returning to Canada:
- Travellers are provided with a kit that includes a mask and instructions
- Travellers who do not have symptoms must quarantine themselves for 14 days unless they are exempted
- Travellers who have symptoms of COVID-19 are referred to a PHAC staff member for further assessment and must isolate for 14 days
Certain travellers are exempt from the requirements to quarantine. This includes those who:
- cross the border regularly to ensure the continued flow of goods and essential services, or
- receive or provide other essential services to Canadians
Temporary import of US-plated vehicles into Canada
Until further notice, the CBSA is lifting the 60-day condition regarding the temporary import of US-plated vehicles by Canadian residents. A new deadline for when these vehicles will need to be exported or permanently imported with applicable duties and tax will follow.
Importing goods by mail
The CBSA has implemented protective measures for all CBSA staff, including social distancing protocols and the use of personal protective equipment.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a significant increase in volume has resulted in processing delays at the 3 international mail centres.
The CBSA is unable to provide information on parcels being processed. Please continue to visit the Canada Post website to track your parcel. Items that have been transferred to the CBSA for additional processing will display the following notice on the Canada Post website: “Item presented to the CBSA for customs review.”
The CBSA continues to work closely with its Canada Post partners to process international mail during these unprecedented times without compromising security. We thank you for your patience.
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