Travellers

An Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act now applies to all travellers arriving in Canada in order to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19.

International travel should currently be limited to essential travel only.

Travel within Canada

Do not travel outside your region or the province unless absolutely necessary.

As of April 19, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., travel from Manitoba or Quebec into Ontario will be restricted. Exemptions will only be allowed for specified reasons, including:

  • going to work
  • receiving medical care or social services
  • business transport of goods
  • exercising Indigenous or treaty rights
  • your primary residence is in Ontario
  • you are moving to a new primary residence in Ontario
  • humanitarian or compassionate reasons, such as providing care or services to a person who requires assistance due to their state of health
  • attending, transporting or picking up a student from a school or post-secondary institution in Ontario
  • transporting a child who is registered to receive child care in Ontario

People without a valid reason for travelling will be turned back.

Entering Canada

All travellers

All travellers entering Canada after November 21, 2020 are required to submit quarantine plans, travel and contact information and symptoms through ArriveCAN before boarding their flight. Information will also be submitted via ArriveCAN during the quarantine period. Learn more.

By air

As of February 22, 2021, all air travellers entering Canada, with some exceptions, will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test when they arrive in Canada before exiting the airport, and another toward the end of their 14-day quarantine period.

Air travellers will also be required to reserve a 3-night stay in a government-authorized hotel prior to departing on a flight to Canada. Travellers will be required to stay at their reserved hotel for up to 3 nights, at their own cost, while they await the results of their arrival test. Costs of these hotel stays may vary slightly at each location. The price will include costs associated with the room, food, cleaning, infection prevention and control measures, security and transportation.

Hotel booking information will be available online as of February 18, 2021. Travellers will need to book a hotel in the same city as the airport where they land in Canada. If travellers receive a negative result from their arrival test, they can take a connecting flight to their final destination.

This is in addition to the test outlined below that is required before boarding an airplane to enter Canada.

Effective January 7, 2021, all air passengers five years of age or older will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling from another country to Canada. 

Documentation of a negative laboratory test result must be presented to the airline at the time of boarding a flight to Canada. The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (or PCR) test or Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) and must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada.

Canadians who are planning to travel abroad should consider how they will meet these requirements before departure. Learn more

Anyone who receives a negative test result and is authorized to enter Canada must still complete the full, mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Entering Canada by air (Government of Canada)

By land

As of February 15, 2021,  travellers seeking entry into Canada through a land border must present:

  • a negative PCR test. The test must have been done no more than 72-hours before the individual arrives at the border OR
  • proof of a positive test result within 14 and 90 days prior to arrival

Travellers entering Canada at the land border will also be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival (i.e., Day 1) as well as toward the end of their 14-day quarantine (i.e., Day 10). COVID-19 self-swab test kits (two per person) will be distributed at all land ports of entry and testing will be established by March 4, 2021.

There are limited exceptions (for commercial truckers, emergency service providers).

As of February 22, 2021, travellers entering Canada at a land border will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival as well as toward the end of their 14-day quarantine. The Government of Canada will run testing sites at points of entry.

Entering Canada by land (Government of Canada)

Testing required to travel by airline

Effective December 11, 2020, individuals requiring a COVID-19 test for international travel clearance are no longer eligible for a publicly funded COVID-19 test in Ontario. 

International travellers are recommended to consult their travel carrier's guidelines to ensure they have the most up-to-date information. You should also refer to federal government's travel restrictions, exemptions and advice page for up-to-date expectations and requirements related to their destination. If a COVID-19 test is required, it is important to leave ample time for testing and to receive results. Travellers in need of a test can access private testing facilities such as a travel clinic.

Travellers returning to Canada must isolate for 14 days regardless if COVID-19 testing occurs and negative test results are obtained. Getting a negative test result does not release individuals from quarantine.

Travellers with Symptoms - Mandatory Isolation

If you have recently returned to Canada and have symptoms, it is mandatory to isolate for 14 days. If required, immediate medical attention will be provided upon arrival in Canada.

Mandatory isolation means:

  • You must go directly to the place where you will isolate, without delay, and stay there for 14 days.
  • You must go to your place of isolation using private transportation only, such as your personal vehicle.
  • You wear a face covering or mask, especially while in transit.
  • Practice physical distancing of at least 2 metres from others at all times.
  • Avoid contact with others while in transit (i.e., pay at the gas pump, go through a drive-through for food, remain in the vehicle)
  • You must stay inside your home.
  • You cannot leave your place of isolation, unless it’s to seek medical attention.
  • Do not go to school, work, other public areas or use public transportation (e.g., buses, taxis).
  • You cannot use private outdoor spaces (yard or balcony) in your place of isolation
  • You cannot have any visitors.
  • Stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom from others in your home, if possible.
  • You must not be in contact with vulnerable people such as older adults and individuals with underlying medical conditions.

You may use shared spaces while in isolation if you:

  • Avoid contact with those who did not travel with you.
  • Put in place precautions to regularly clean common areas after use.
  • Wear a face covering or mask if a distance of 2 metres from others in your place of isolation cannot be maintained.

If your symptoms get worse, immediately contact your health care provider or Hamilton Public Health Services COVID-19 Hotline at 905-974-9848 and follow their instructions.

If you have symptoms but do not have a place to isolate, you will be required to isolate for 14 days in a facility designated by the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada.

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

Public Health Ontario resources: Read how to self-isolate and how to care for someone in isolation

Travellers without Symptoms - Mandatory Quarantine (Mandatory Self-Isolation)

If you have returned to Canada and have no symptoms, it is mandatory to quarantine (self-isolate) for 14 days and monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19.

This means you must:

  • Go directly to your place of quarantine, without delay, and stay there for 14 days.
  • Ensure you wear an appropriate mask or face covering, especially while in transit.
  • Practice physical distancing of at least 2 metres from others at all times.
  • Avoid contact with others while in transit (i.e., pay at the gas pump, go through a drive-through for food, remain in the vehicle)
  • Not leave your place of quarantine unless it is to seek medical attention. Do not go to school, work, other public areas and community settings.
  • Monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Ask someone else to pick up essentials like groceries or medication for you.
  • Not have visitors, even if you are outside and stay 2 metres from them.

You may use shared spaces, or private outdoor spaces (yard or balcony) in your place of quarantine if you:

  • Avoid contact with others who did not travel with you
  • Disinfect spaces after use
  • Wear a face covering or mask if a distance of 2 metres from others residing in your place of quarantine cannot be maintained.

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

If you develop symptoms within 14 days:

  • isolate yourself from others
  • immediately call your doctor or Hamilton Public Health Services COVID-19 Hotline at 905-974-9848 and:
    • describe your symptoms and travel history
    • follow their instructions carefully

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