COVID-19 Travel Restriction Guide

COVID-19 Travel Restrictions—Here’s What You Need to Know:

Whether you’re driving or flying, you will need:

  • A pre-entry COVID-19 test
  • A 14-day quarantine plan
    • If you’re flying, you will first need to arrange your pre-paid 3-day hotel stay at a government authorized hotel
  • To register with ArriveCAN to submit your travel and quarantine plans

 

For more information for driving: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/driving-canada-checklist

For more information for flying: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/flying-canada-checklist

 

Getting tested to enter Canada (mandatory for ages 5+):

  • Your test must be taken within 72 hours of your entry into Canada
  • Keep your proof of test results for the 14-day quarantine period
  • Your test result must include:
    • Traveller name and date of birth
    • Name and civic address of the location that administered the test
    • The date on which the test was completed
    • The type of test completed
    • The test result

 

For more information for driving: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/driving-canada-checklist/covid-19-testing-travellers-driving

For more information for flying: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/flying-canada-checklist/covid-19-testing-travellers-coming-into-canada#getting-tested

 

Getting your arrival testing at the airport:

  • You will be required to take a test before leaving the airport
  • You will then be provided with a COVID-19 At Home Specimen Collection Kit to use for your test on day 10 of your mandatory quarantine
    • This kit will contain everything you need to know about how to collect, store, and ship your sample
    • You must stay in your place of quarantine until you receive a negative test result

 

For more information: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/flying-canada-checklist/covid-19-testing-travellers-coming-into-canada#arrival-testing

 

What to expect for your 3-night hotel stay:

  • You will be able to book your stay at a government-authorized hotel up to 14 days in advance of your arrival
  • You will need to reserve your accommodation before booking your flight, as there is a finite number of authorized rooms available
  • You may share a room with individuals who you have travelled with
  • You will be transported from the airport to the hotel in which you are staying, or will be provided parking if you arrive at the hotel in a private vehicle
  • If you receive a negative result and have a PHAC-approved quarantine plan, you may leave the hotel even if it is before the third night of your stay
    • You will not receive a refund if you leave early, however

 

For more information: https://www.canada.ca/en/contact/contact-1-800-o-canada/hotel-stayover.html

 

You may be exempt from the mandatory 14-day quarantine if:

  • You are a medical or health care worker
  • You are an essential worker, exempt under the Emergency Orders
  • You are a member of a trans-border, remote cross-border, or geographically constrained community
  • You are a cross-border student OR are driving a cross-border student
  • You have a cross-border custody arrangement

 

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

 

You may be exempt from the 3-night hotel quarantine if you are:

  • An unaccompanied minor or unaccompanied dependent child
  • You are already exempt from the requirement to undergo arrival testing
  • You are already exempt from the requirement to quarantine
  • You are a Temporary Foreign Worker in one of the select seasonal occupations

 

For more information: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice/mandatory-hotel-stay-air-travellers.html#a4

 

If you a permanent resident coming back into Canada:

  • You will need your PR or PRTD card at the border crossing, and then will need to follow the mandatory quarantine procedure
    • If your PR card is expired or about to expire renew it before you leave, as you can only renew your card in Canada
    • If you don’t get your new PR card in time, you must apply for a PRTD once you’re outside of Canada, and then renew your PR card when you return to Canada
    • If you’re already outside Canada without a valid PR card, you need to apply for a PRTD to return

 

For more information: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/permanent-residents.html

 

If you are abroad and have COVID-19 symptoms or are diagnosed with COVID-19:

  • You should follow the advice and instructions of local public health authorities
  • Seek medical attention if required
  • Contact the closest Government of Canada office if you need consular help

 

For more information: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/covid-19-security#if

 

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