Canada (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 25 February, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative COVID-19 test is required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Yes
Quarantine Details: Self-quarantine for 14 days required for all countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 22.02.2021
1. Passengers arriving from the USA are not allowed to enter until 21 March 2021.
-This does not apply to:
– nationals of Canada;
– permanent residents of Canada;
– passengers who are asymptomatic for Coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel for a non-optional or non-discretionary purpose. They must comply with the requirement to quarantine based on their purpose of travel and intended length of stay if required;
– immediate family members of a national of Canada or a permanent resident of Canada who are asymptomatic for Coronavirus (COVID-19). They must prove that the purpose of their travel is to be with their immediate family member who is a national of Canada or permanent resident of Canada and that they intend to stay for at least 15 days;
– extended family members of a national of Canada or a permanent resident of Canada who are asymptomatic for Coronavirus (COVID-19). They must prove that they intend to be with their extended family member who is a national of Canada or permanent resident of Canada and that they intend to stay at least 15 days. They must have a statutory declaration signed by the Canadian national or permanent resident attesting to the relationship. They must also have a letter issued by IRCC;
– passengers who enter on Compassionate Grounds and are asymptomatic for Coronavirus (COVID-19). They must have a letter issued by PHAC;
– passengers who enter for the purpose of an International Single Sport Event. They must be asymptomatic and have a letter issued by the Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage (PCH).
2. Passengers arriving from a country other than the USA are not allowed to enter until 21 April 2021.
-This does not apply to:
– nationals of Canada;
– permanent residents of Canada;
– passengers who are asymptomatic for Coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel for a non-optional or non-discretionary purpose. They must be one of the 24 classes of persons in section 3 (1) of the Order in Council OIC 2020-0796;
– passengers who are asymptomatic for Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the subject of a National Interest Exemption Letter issued by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration or the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness;
– immediate family members of a national of Canada or a permanent resident of Canada who are asymptomatic for Coronavirus (COVID-19). They must prove that the purpose of their travel is to be with their immediate family member who is a national of Canada or permanent resident of Canada and that they intend to stay for at least 15 days;
– extended family members of a national of Canada or a permanent resident of Canada who are asymptomatic for Coronavirus (COVID-19). They must prove that they intend to be with their extended family member who is a national of Canada or permanent resident of Canada and that they intend to stay at least 15 days. They must have a statutory declaration signed by the Canadian national or permanent resident attesting to the relationship. They must also have a letter issued by IRCC;
– passengers who enter on Compassionate Grounds and are asymptomatic for Coronavirus (COVID-19). They must have a letter issued by PHAC;
– passengers who enter for the purpose of an International Single Sport Event. They must be asymptomatic and have a letter issued by the Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage (PCH).
3. Passengers must arrive at Calgary (YYC), Montreal (YUL), Toronto (YYZ) or Vancouver (YVR).
– This does not apply to passengers arriving on direct flights from St. Pierre and Miquelon.
4. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 14 days; details can be found at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/covid-19-information-essential-service-workers.html
All travel restrictions may be prolonged as necessary for public health reasons.
5. Passengers must submit their travel information electronically before boarding through the ArriveCAN app or the website https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/arrivecan.html .
6. Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR, RT-PCR, Nucleic-acid Amplification Test (NAAT), LAMP or RT-LAMP test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to Canada.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 5 years;
– passengers with a medical certificate with a positive Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR, RT-PCR, Nucleic-acid Amplification Test (NAAT), LAMP or RT-LAMP test result of a test taken at least 14 days and at most 90 days before departure of the last direct flight to Canada.
7. Passengers are subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) molecular test upon arrival and another test during quarantine.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers with a medical certificate with a positive Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR, RT-PCR, Nucleic-acid Amplification Test (NAAT), LAMP or RT-LAMP test result of a test taken at least 14 days and at most 90 days before departure of the last direct flight to Canada;
– residents of Point Roberts in Washington in the USA entering Canada to return to their place of residence;
– passengers who are members of the Canadian Forces or a visiting force traveling on duty;
– more exemptions can be found at https://tinyurl.com/1vkxx0ox .
8. Passengers must have a confirmed hotel reservation for 3 nights. The booking can be made at http://tinyurl.com/rfcycslb .
– This does not apply to passengers who are members of the Canadian Forces or a visiting force traveling on duty;
– more exemptions can be found at https://tinyurl.com/1vkxx0ox .

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Canadian borders are currently closed unless you are:

-a Canadian citizen

-a permanent resident of Canada

-a temporary resident of Canada

-a protected person (refugee status)

-a person registered under the Indian Act

-a foreign national with a non-discretionary (non-optional) reason to travel to Canada

All international passenger flights must land at Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.

From 7 January, the Canadian government is requiring all passengers aged five and above to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling by air from another country to Canada. Documentation of a negative laboratory test result must be presented to the airline prior to coming to Canada. The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours of boarding a flight to Canada. Passengers without a negative test will be denied boarding.

From the 22nd February all Canadian travellers returning from overseas will also have to take a COVID-19 test at the airport when they land and quarantine in a designated hotel for three days at their own expense while they await results.

The expected cost can be more than $2000.

Those with negative test results will be able to then quarantine for the remainder of the mandatory two weeks at home, while those with positive tests will be required to quarantine in designated government facilities.

Canada has also cancelled commercial flights to Mexico and the Caribbean until 30 April – starting the 31st of January.

The government will help travelers who already have return tickets get home.
 

Lockdown Details

To help curb the spread of coronavirus, provincial governments have introduced a number of measures. If you want to learn more about how each province is reopening you can visit this page (https://www.osler.com/en/resources/in-focus/returning-to-work)
 

Sources

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/travel-restrictions-exemptions.html
Data Source: covidcontrols.co