Entering Canada by land and air during COVID-19
Organization: Public Health Agency of Canada
Date published: 2021-11-22
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 and its variants. Failure to comply with any requirements or providing false information may result in fines, penalties or imprisonment.
If you develop symptoms at any time, isolate yourself from others and contact local public health.
Before you travel: For all travellers
Plan your quarantine. Even if you are fully vaccinated, you still need a quarantine plan in case it is determined at the border that you do not meet the necessary requirements. To be considered fully vaccinated, a traveller must have received the full series of a vaccine (or a combination of vaccines) accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada.
Take a COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of your flight to Canada or arrival at the land border, or be prepared to show proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test that was taken between 14 and 180 days before your arrival.
You must use ArriveCAN to enter your information within 72 hours before you arrive in Canada, including your pre-entry test result. Have your ArriveCAN receipt and test result ready.
If you are a foreign national travelling for discretionary purposes, you must show your ArriveCAN receipt prior to boarding the flight to Canada.
If you are a fully vaccinated traveller, you must upload your proof of vaccination to ArriveCAN and carry your actual vaccine documentation (paper or digital copies) with you to show proof of vaccination, and retain it for 14 days after entry.
If you are a fully vaccinated Canadian, permanent resident or someone with status under the Indian Act departing and entering Canada by land or air, you will not need to provide a pre-entry molecular test result if you can demonstrate that you have been away from Canada for less than 72 hours (effective November 30, 2021).
At the border: For fully vaccinated travellers
By law, you must provide required information and documents. Answer all eligibility and health screening questions.
You may be randomly selected for the mandatory border testing surveillance program upon arrival in Canada. If you are selected for testing, you must complete your arrival test or you will be subject to quarantine and penalties/fines. You do not need to quarantine while awaiting test results.
If the test is positive, isolate yourself immediately and contact local public health authorities for further instructions.
You may receive notifications from ArriveCAN. If qualified for the fully vaccinated exemption, you may ignore these notifications.
At the border: For unvaccinated travellers
By law, you must provide required information and documents. Answer all eligibility and health screening questions. If you fall into the very small category of exempt or essential travellers that can travel to Canada as unvaccinated travellers, note that you are required to undergo arrival and Day 8 testing, unless exempt.
Complete your arrival test.
Keep the second kit and use it on Day 8.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you must follow the directions provided by the government representative.
Your quarantine: For unvaccinated travellers
Go directly to your place of quarantine.
Use ArriveCAN or call 1-833-641-0343 to check-in within 48 hours to conﬁrm that you have arrived at your place of quarantine or isolation. You'll also need to complete a daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessment during your quarantine period as long as you are asymptomatic.
Complete your Day 8 test and ship your Day 8 test kit according to the instructions.
You will be contacted by Government of Canada (1-888-336-7735) and provincial or territorial officials. You must answer any calls and/or in-person verification visits you receive.
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