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This Version Posted: January 6, 2021

Travelling Abroad

NOTE: As of midnight on Jan. 7, the federal government is requiring that anyone five years of age and older (regardless of citizenship) flying into Canada MUST provide proof of a negative laboratory test result for COVID-19 to the airline prior to boarding a flight. The test must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada. Click here for full details.

All non-essential travel within and outside Canada is NOT recommended at this time.

If you have travelled abroad and are returning to Canada, you MUST immediately isolate or quarantine and stay home for 14 days. This time-period is when you’re still at risk of developing COVID-19 symptoms and infecting others. The mandatory isolation/quarantine measure was put in place by Canadian government through an Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act.

These measures apply to all travelers arriving in Canada and are aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 in Canada. The only exceptions are essential workers, including those who ensure the continue flow of goods and essential services across the border.

Violating any instructions provided to you when you entered Canada could lead to up to 6 months in prison and/or $750,000 in fines.

Federal government staff will screen you upon your arrival in Canada and let you know if you need to quarantine or isolate.

Mandatory Quarantine

If at any time over your 14-day quarantine, you develop COVID-19 symptoms, do the following:

  • Isolate yourself from others
  • Immediately call a health care professional or public health authority and:
    • describe your symptoms and travel history
    • follow their instructions carefully

You must begin isolating for an additional 14 days from the date of your positive test result or onset of symptoms.

Mandatory Isolation

Follow any additional directions provided you by public health staff. After your mandatory quarantine/isolation period ends, continue following important public health measures like: staying home if sick, practising physical distancing, wearing masks or face coverings, and frequently washing hands with soap and water.

Travelling in Canada

Travelling Between Provinces

During the pandemic, some parts of Canada have placed limits on travel between provinces. This includes the requirement that some people arriving must self-isolate for 14 days. If you are planning an out-of-province trip, check first with the destination you are headed to see if any travel restrictions are in place that could affect your trip.