The following is a recent update from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada on the China Transit Program.

Update for temporary residents re: China Transit ProgramChinese foreign nationals must:

  • be in possession of a valid United States (U.S.) visa;
  • be in possession of a valid passport issued by the authorities of the People’s Republic of China, and either:
    transiting through the Vancouver International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport (Terminal 1 only) or Calgary International Airport on any approved carrier, or‎ be:

    • transiting through Montreal-Trudeau Airport on an Air Canada flight.
    • passengers arriving from the U.S.

In addition to the conditions above…

…when travelling from the U.S., travellers must meet the following conditions to qualify as a China Transit Program (CTP) passenger:

  • arrive in Canada from the U.S. on a direct, non-stop flight with an approved airline and proceed to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) area for clearance or remain in a sterile transit area while waiting for a connecting flight (passengers who leave the sterile transit area must go to the CBSA area for examination);
  • not be under a removal or deportation order;
  • have had a valid U.S. visa to enter the U.S. and not have overstayed the period of time they were authorized to remain in the U.S.;
  • be destined for a third country, including their country of nationality, and have the required travel documents to enter that third country as well as the required travel documents for any countries through which they may transit; and
  • hold a confirmed onward ticket for a flight that will leave Canada on the same travel day (no layover or overnight stay is permitted).

For complete lists of eligible transporters under the CTP, and valid embarkation points for CTP participants, click here.

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