COVID-19 Travel Restriction Guide

COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

This page is intended to serve as a quick reference guide. Please note that travel restrictions and circumstances may change quickly. We encourage you to read through the webpages linked on this page.

This page was last updated on January 18, 2022.

Who can come to Canada:

  • Canadian citizens, people registered under the Indian Act, permanent residents of Canada, or protected persons
  • Fully vaccinated foreign nationals may be allowed entry for discretionary travel
  • Foreign nationals who do not qualify as fully vaccinated will only be allowed to enter in specific circumstances

To assess if you are eligible to enter Canada, visit https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/wizard-start for more information

Fully Vaccinated travellers entering Canada must:

  • Have received 2 doses of a vaccine accepted for travel
  • Have received the second dose at least 15 days before entering
  • Have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19
  • Follow pre-entry testing and entry requirements

For more information: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/covid-vaccinated-travellers-entering-canada#determine-fully

Pre-entry testing and entry requirements for fully vaccinated travellers:

  • Provide a negative molecular test taken within 72 hours of travel (exceptions for some countries)
  • Upload proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN
  • Provide ArriveCAN receipt of submission
  • Have a quarantine plan prepared
  • Complete arrival test if randomly selected (possible quarantine requirement)
  • Monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days after arrival

For more information: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/covid-vaccinated-travellers-entering-canada#entry-vaccinated

You may need to quarantine while awaiting arrival test results if:

  • You were outside Canada or the U.S. within the last 14 days

If your arrival test is negative:

  • You may leave your quarantine, if you were ordered to quarantine while waiting
  • Follow local public health measures
  • Wear a mask when in public spaces for 14 days after arrival
  • Maintain a list of all close contacts and locations you visit for your first 14 days in Canada
  • Monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19
  • Keep copies of your proof of vaccination and pre-arrival tests for 14 days

You may be exempt from arrival testing if:

  • Already recovered from COVID-19 and can provide a positive molecular pre-entry test result taken 11-180 days prior to travel
  • Arriving by boat
  • Under the age of 5
  • An essential service provider already exempt from arrival testing

Unvaccinated travellers over the age of 12 may be exempt from quarantine if:

  • They have a medical contraindication for getting a COVID-19 vaccine
  • They comply with public health measures outlined in the handout provided at the border

Exempt travellers must:

  • Wear a mask at all times when in public spaces
  • Maintain a list of close contacts for the first 14 days in Canada
  • Monitor for signs and symptoms
  • Follow provincial restrictions

For more information: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/exemptions

Additional Information & Contacts:

COVID-19: Travel, quarantine, and borders: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid

Public Health Agency of Canada’s COVID-19 information line: https://health.canada.ca/en/public-health/corporate/contact-us.html

Canada Border Services Agency: https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/contact/bis-sif-eng.html

Compassion Entry and limited release from quarantine: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice/compassionate-entry-limited-release-from-quarantine.html#Apply

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