Canada (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 07 May, 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-isolation 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 23.04.2021
1. Until 23 May 2021, flights from India and Pakistan are suspended.
2. Until 21 May 2021, passengers are not allowed to enter.
-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).
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) test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to Canada. Tests accepted are: CRISPR, Ct, detection of the E gene, detection of the N gene, detection of Orf1a/b, detection of the RdRp gene, detection of the S gene, ddPCR, isothermal amplification, LamPORE, NAAT, NAT, NGS, PCR, qPCR, RNA, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR, sequencing and WGS. Test results issued in India or Pakistan are not accepted.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 5 years;
– passengers with a medical certificate with a positive Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result of a test taken at least 15 days and at most 90 days before departure of the last direct flight to Canada. Tests accepted are: CRISPR, Ct, detection of the E gene, detection of the N gene, detection of Orf1a/b, detection of the RdRp gene, detection of the S gene, ddPCR, isothermal amplification, LamPORE, NAAT, NAT, NGS, PCR, qPCR, RNA, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR, sequencing and WGS.
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) test result of a test taken at least 15 days and at most 90 days before departure of the last direct flight to Canada. Tests accepted are: CRISPR, Ct, detection of the E gene, detection of the N gene, detection of Orf1a/b, detection of the RdRp gene, detection of the S gene, ddPCR, isothermal amplification, LamPORE, NAAT, NAT, NGS, PCR, qPCR, RNA, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR, sequencing and WGS;
– 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/y33jxz4f .
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/y33jxz4f .

 

Detailed Tourist Information

The Canadian authorities have banned entry to Canada, including at its border with the US, to most foreign nationals. This exclusion will not apply to Canadian citizens and permanent residents or their immediate families, temporary foreign workers, and some international students.

At point of departure, air operators are required to complete a basic health assessment of every passenger. No passengers (regardless of citizenship) who are showing symptoms of coronavirus will be allowed to board.

Only Toronto Pearson (YYZ); Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau (YUL); Calgary International Airport (YYC); and Vancouver International Airport (YVR) are operating international flights. Domestic flights, as well as flights from the United States, some destinations such as Mexico and the Caribbean, and from St. Pierre-et-Miquelon, are currently not affected by this measure.

All persons arriving in Canada are now legally required to self-isolate for 14 days. Heavy penalties apply for failure to comply. From 15 April, you must also produce a credible self-isolation plan. An inadequate plan would include scenarios such as planning to stay with elderly family members or failing to have a set destination. Travellers who are unable to produce a credible plan will be placed in a quarantine location, such as a hotel, for a two-week period.

All air passengers must have a non-medical mask or face covering to cover their nose and mouth during travel. Passengers on all flights arriving at or departing from Canadian airport must demonstrate they have the necessary mask or face covering during the boarding process otherwise they will be stopped from continuing their journey.

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

As of April 22, 2021, at 11:30 pm ET, Canada is suspending flights from India and Pakistan. Travel restrictions may change with little warning.
 

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