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Fully vaccinated travellers can visit extended family in Canada

Canada has announced conditions under which fully vaccinated travellers can visit extended family in Canada

The rules apply to people who are extended family members of:

  • Canadian citizens
  • Persons registered under the Indian Act, or
  • Permanent residents of Canada.

Find out who IRCC accepts as an extended family member at IRCC – Extended Family Member.

Extended family members can only travel to/enter Canada to visit extended family in Canada if:

1) they have written permission from IRCC and

2) are staying for 15 days or more.

If they plan to stay less than 15 days, they must demonstrate why their travel is not optional.

Immediate family members do not need written authorization from IRCC. However, they too must meet all other requirements. Find out who IRCC considers an immediate family member at IRCC – Immediate Family Member.

Who IRCC considers fully vaccinated to visit extended family in Canada?

IRCC considers you fully vaccinated ONLY if, you:

  • are eligible to enter Canada
  • have received the full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine. Also a combination of accepted vaccines is just fine
  • have received your last dose at least 14 days prior to the day you enter Canada
    • Example: if your last dose was anytime on Thursday July 1st, then Thursday July 15th would be the first day that you meet the 14 day condition
  • upload your proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN app (See for instance Canada announced new ArriveCAN app update for fully vaccinated travellers)

IRCC accepts ONLY the following vaccines:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
  • Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD COVID-19 vaccine, and
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine – single dose

Vaccines not currently accepted for fully vaccinated status in Canada:

  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
  • Cansino (Convidecia, Ad5-nCoV)
  • Gamalaya (Sputnik V, Gam-Covid-Vac)
  • Sinopharm (BBIBP-CorV, Sinopharm-Wuhan)
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)
  • Vector Institute (EpiVacCorona)
  • Other

Important to note that the list of accepted vaccines may expand in the future.

An IRCC official will make the final decision based on the information you provide when entering Canada.

IRCC accepts if you received your vaccines outside Canada. However, IRCC requires that you upload proof of vaccination digitally in ArriveCAN. In addition it must only be in French or English, or certified translation into French or English.

See also Canada exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers (FVTs)