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Travel within Canada
Requirements for Travellers Entering Canada
When arriving at your destination, you may be subject to further measures imposed by the provincial, territorial or municipal governments to prevent the spread of COVID-19. There are various measures in place in order to restrict non-essential inter and intra-provincial/ territorial travel as well as different isolation requirements. Please ensure you are familiar with the restrictions imposed by the local authorities at your flight’s destination.
Contact information for provincial and territorial COVID-19 resources is available via the Public Health Agency of Canada’s website. For further details on travel restrictions and exemptions when travelling between provinces and territories, please visit the Canadian Government’s Travel Assistance site.
Federal and Provincial Health Passports
Also known as a vaccine passport, Health Passports are documentation proving that an individual has been vaccinated against COVID-19. Some provincial governments have begun to require residents and visitors over a certain age provide proof of vaccination for access to non-essential events and business.
Federal – pending
Fully Vaccinated Travel to Canada
Effective August 9, 2021 at 12:01 am EDT travellers who are currently able to enter Canada under the existing rules will be able to do so without having to self-isolate for 14 days or taking a test on day eight, if they are fully immunized against COVID-19.
In order to be considered fully vaccinated, travellers will have had to have received a full series of a vaccine, or a combination of vaccines that have been authorized by Health Canada — Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Johnson & Johnson — at least 14 days prior to entering the country. The list of applicable vaccines could change over time.
Proof of vaccination will be required in order to be exempted from the quarantine measures. Travellers are required to either have a paper or digital copy of their vaccination documentation. They will also have to submit proof of their vaccination as well as COVID-19-related information into the federal government’s ArriveCAN app before arriving in Canada. More details on ArriveCAN can be found further down the page.
The requirement to be asymptomatic remains, as do the mandatory pre-departure and on-arrival molecular testing requirements for fully vaccinated travellers. Travellers will have to have an adequate quarantine plan in place in case border agents determine a period of self-isolation is required, and will have to keep copies of their test results for 14 days upon arrival.
Pre-Departure Negative COVD-19 Testing
As of January 7, 2021, all inbound international passengers five years of age or older, including Canadians, will now be required to show a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding a flight. Effective February 15, 2021, travellers entering Canada via land border crossings will also be required to show proof of a 72-hour negative PCR test. Valid test results must include:
- A negative test result
- Guest name and date of birth that matches ticket and travel documents
- Name of laboratory that administered the test
- Civic address of the laboratory that administered the test
- The date and time the test was conducted
- Testing method
- English or French language where possible
For the Canadian Government’s information on testing entities abroad:
- Visit travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories
- Select a country
- Click the “Health” tab
- Scroll down to “Medical services and facilities”
- Click on “Local COVID-19 testing facilities”
If a traveller’s flight to Canada departs from one of the recognised countries identified by the Government of Canada as a country where PCR testing is deemed unavailable, they may still travel, however upon landing in Canada, they will be required to quarantine for 14 days in a Public Health Agency of Canada quarantine location.
Even with a negative COVID-19 PCR test unvaccinated travellers entering Canada will still have to complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Travellers to Canada must use ArriveCAN and provide accurate contact information along with their mandatory 14-day quarantine plan on or before entry. More details on ArriveCAN can be found further down the page.
The cost for a PCR test will vary by testing facility and is payable by the traveller. It is the responsibility of the traveller to source their own valid test and ensure the available timing of the test will satisfy these entry requirements before paying for a test.
Changes to Self-Serve Check-in for Departures to Canada
Some airlines may have updated their self-serve check-in options to allow guests to add their travel documents and select seats; however, they may not be able to add/pay for baggage or receive a boarding pass and will be directed to see an airline agent at the airport. The agent will verify that the guest has the required documentation and once confirmed, will issue a boarding pass/baggage tags.
A traveller will be denied boarding if:
- They are unable to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to their scheduled flight.
- Their test results are inconclusive.
- They tested positive for COVID-19. Travellers who test positive for COVID-19 will be ineligible to travel.
Air Passenger Protection Regulations (APPR) denied boarding compensation will not apply for these cases.
COVID-19 Testing Upon Arrival to Canada
Effective February 22, 2021 at 12:00am EST, in addition to providing a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test, all unvaccinated travellers arriving in Canada by land or air must take two COVID-19 molecular tests — one on arrival and one as part of an at-home test kit to be completed later in the quarantine period.
Only certain travellers will be exempt from the arrival testing. For official details, please visit the Government of Canada’s travel assistance site.
Effective August 9, 2021 at 12:01 am EDT travellers who are currently able to enter Canada will be able to do so without having to take a test on day eight if they are fully immunized against COVID-19.
Submit Quarantine Information Digitally Prior to Arrival via ArriveCAN
As of November 21, 2020, all travellers to Canada will be required to submit quarantine information digitally via the ArriveCAN app upon and after entry into Canada. This information is crucial to Canada’s response to COVID-19.
Travellers must submit their information before boarding their flight to Canada or prior to entering Canada by land or sea, and be ready to show their ArriveCAN receipt to a border services officer. Failure to do so may result in additional delays at the border and travellers could also be subject to enforcement action, which can range from verbal warnings to $1,000 fines.
In addition, all travellers, whether they arrived by air, land or sea, must provide information after their entry into Canada. Travellers must use ArriveCAN to confirm: 1) that they’ve arrived at the address they provided for their quarantine or isolation location within 48 hours of their entry into Canada; and 2) complete daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessments during their quarantine period.
Effective July 5, 2021 at 11:59 pm EDT travellers will also use ArriveCAN to submit proof of their COVID-19 vaccination by uploading a photo of their vaccination certification.
For more information on these requirements and the ArriveCAN app, please visit the Government of Canada’s website.
The ArriveCAN app is available for iOS, Android and online.
International Travel Outside of Canada
Note that some countries are enforcing additional measures that may include mandatory quarantine upon arrival. Please consult the government website of the country you are travelling to for their entry requirements.
You can also view entry restrictions and COVID-19 travel requirements for countries around the world by using the Travel Restrictions Map.
Pre-Departure Negative COVD-19 Testing for Entry into the United States
As of January 26, 2021, the United States Centre for Disease Control (CDC) requires all guests entering the U.S., two years of age and over, to present a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding. To comply with this regulation, travellers will be required to present either of the following prior to boarding:
- Written or electronic documentation of a negative test result, taken within 3 calendar days of the first flight on the guest’s itinerary.
- Written or electronic documentation of a positive viral test result from the last 90 days that confirms the guest had a previous COVID-19 infection and a letter from a licensed health care provider or public health official stating the passenger is cleared to travel (documentation of recovery).
In addition, travellers must read a disclosure statement and complete an attestation form confirming either a negative test or recovery from COVID-19 with clearance to travel.
It is each guest’s responsibility to source and pay for their own valid test and ensure they have all valid travel documents required to meet the entry requirements.
Test Documentation Requirements
Test documentation can be printed out or displayed electronically and must contain the following:
- Traveller’s name.
- Type of test conducted. The type of test must be one of the following; no other test types are accepted:
- Polymerase chain reaction (PCR/RT-PCR)
- Reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP/RT-LAMP)
- Nucleic acid amplification (NAA/NAAT/RT-NAA/RT-NAAT)
- Viral Antigen
- The test result. The test result must be negative, not detected or otherwise indicates the guest does not have COVID-19.
- The date the test was conducted.
Documentation of Recovery Requirements
The U.S Government has acknowledged that travellers who were previously diagnosed with COVID-19 may continue to test positive even after their treatment and quarantine period has ended. To accommodate this, a traveller may present a positive COVID-19 test and documentation from their physician advising they have recovered, and it is safe for them to travel. The documentation requirements are as follows:
- It must be on official healthcare provider letterhead and include the clinic name, address and phone number.
- It must be issued by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant; no other healthcare providers are accepted.
- It must state the traveller is cleared to travel regardless of their positive test result.
- It must have a copy of the positive test result from the last 90 days.
- The name on the positive test result and name referenced in the letter must match. Similar names are accepted (e.g. Bill/William).
Flights to Hawaii
In December it was communicated that the State of Hawaii had implemented its own testing program. The Hawaii Safe Travels program remains in place and in some cases differs from the U.S. national program. Travellers travelling to Hawaii must adhere to the most restrictive aspect of each program. Please visit the State of Hawaii’s site if you have questions on Hawaii entrance requirements.
- COVID-19: Entering Canada requirements checklist – Travel restrictions in Canada – Travel.gc.ca
Mandatory Face Coverings
Acceptable face coverings are made with protective layers of absorbent fabric (such as cotton) that snugly fit over the nose and mouth and are secured to the face with ties or ear loops. As per Transport Canada, face coverings with exhalation valves and face shields or masks made of plastic are not considered an acceptable face covering. Any time an airline agent or crew member asks you to remove your face covering (such as for an ID check) remember to do so by untying it or unhooking the loop from your ear, and avoid touching the front of the face covering when removing it.
In the News
- U.S. to lift Canada, Mexico land border restrictions in Nov for vaccinated visitors – October 13, 2021
- U.S. to accept travellers immunized with vaccines approved by WHO, FDA, says CDC – October 12, 2021
- A Province-by-Province Guide to Vaccine Passports in Canada – October 8, 2021
- Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements for federally regulated transportation employees and travellers – October 6, 2021
- Confused about the U.S. border’s November rules? Here’s what we know for sure – September 29, 2021
- Canada resumes direct flights to and from India after 5 months; Delhi to be connected first – September 21, 2021
- A closer look at the new eased travel restrictions coming Aug. 9 and Sept. 7, and what they mean for outbound travel – July 20, 2021
- GTAA teaming with Switch Health for pre-departure COVID testing at Toronto Pearson Airport – July 16, 2021
- WestJet: No-charge COVID-19 travel insurance for flights and WestJet Vacations – June 1, 2021
- 72-hour PCR test mandatory for land border crossings as of Feb. 15: Trudeau – February 9, 2021
- Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test Required for All Air Passengers Arriving in the US – January 12, 2021
- Pre-departure COVID-19 testing and negative results to be required for all air travellers coming to Canada – December 31, 2020
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