Entering Canada during COVID-19

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Organization: Public Health Agency of Canada

Date published: 2020-11-17

Travellers entering Canada must follow the rules set out by the Emergency Orders under the Quarantine Act to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. This includes screening at the border and mandatory quarantine or isolation for 14 days. Travellers are expected to make quarantine plans, within their own means, in advance of arrival and are required to report any symptoms of COVID-19.

Before departure and in transit

You must prepare for arrival to Canada:

  • get informed
  • plan for your quarantine
  • use ArriveCAN to enter your information before departure
  • wear a mask or face covering if travelling by air
  • only travel if you are feeling well

If you develop symptoms while in transit:

  • land/marine travellers: stop and seek medical attention
  • air passengers: tell your flight attendant or a border services officer immediately

Upon arrival to Canada

You must:

  • wear a mask or face covering
  • answer eligibility and health screening questions including quarantine plans
  • provide required information
  • complete additional health or quarantine plan assessments, if necessary

After entry

Your quarantine or isolation begins:

  • follow the instructions given to you
  • go directly to your place of quarantine or isolation
  • use ArriveCAN or call 1-833-641-0343 to check-in within 48 hours and to report symptoms daily

If symptoms develop or worsen, contact your local public health authority.

Government of Canada and provincial/territorial officials may contact you during your quarantine.

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