For travellers over 12 without symptoms who have a medical contraindication against receiving a COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 border measures end on October 1, 2022

Starting October 1, 2022, all COVID-19 border requirements, including vaccination, mandatory use of ArriveCAN, and any testing and quarantine/isolation requirements will end for all travellers entering Canada whether by land, air or sea.

Until then, find out if you can enter Canada and use ArriveCAN before you enter.

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Organization: Public Health Agency of Canada

Published: 2022-08-08

This document explains legal requirements set out in the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order. These contain instructions from a quarantine officer.

Warning: If you do not comply, you may be transferred to a quarantine facility, face fines, and/or imprisonment.

Keep this handout for reference for the next 14 days.

Public health measures to follow for the next 14 days

These measures apply only if:

  • you do not develop symptoms
  • are not exposed to anyone with COVID-19 symptoms
  • are not diagnosed with COVID-19

Keep a copy of written medical evidence that explains the medical reason that prevents you from completing a COVID-19 vaccine dosage regimen. The evidence must be from a physician who is licensed to practise medicine.

Complete COVID-19 tests on arrival and on day 8

  • Take the first COVID-19 test with a Public Health Agency of Canada approved test provider by the end of the next day following your arrival in Canada, and a second test on day 8.
    • If arriving by land: you will receive 2 self-swab test kits.
      • Follow the instructions in the kit to complete your tests on time.
    • If arriving by air: you will receive an email after customs with important information.
      • Register with the test provider in the province where you entered Canada.
      • Arrange to complete your test on time with the test provider.
      • You will have the option to go to a designated testing facility near the airport to complete your test or pick up a test kit.
  • If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result, you must isolate immediately (read the monitor section below for more information).
    • Keep a copy of your travel-related COVID-19 test results until the end of your isolation.
  • If you receive an indeterminate or invalid test result, you are required to take another test.
    • Contact your test provider within 24 hours of receiving your test result to make arrangements to complete another test.
    • If you require assistance or do not receive your test result after 4 days, please contact your test provider.

Contact your test provider (depending on the location you entered Canada)

Province or territory of entry to Canada Designated test provider

British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Yukon

Test provider: LifeLabs
Toll-free: 1-877-313-4982

Alberta, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador

Test provider: Switch Health
Toll-free: 1-888-966-6531


Test provider: Dynacare
Toll-free: 1-855-497-1071


Test provider: Biron
Toll-free: 1-866-382-0287

Limit contact with others

  • Stay in a place that allows you to avoid all contact with persons who provide care to persons who meet the following categories:
    • have an underlying medical condition that makes the person susceptible to complications related to
    • have a compromised immune system from a medical condition or treatment
    • are 65 years of age or older
  • Enter public settings only in accordance with the instructions below, and wear a well-constructed, well-fitting mask to minimize the risk of introducing or spreading COVID-19.


If you start showing signs and symptoms of COVID-19, or receive a positive test result from your government COVID-19 molecular test before the expiry of the 14 day period, you must:

  • report within 24 hours to the Public Health Agency of Canada by calling 1-833-641-0343
    • the official will provide you with additional details and instructions
  • isolate immediately for an additional 10 days, even if your province or territory has a shorter isolation period

The isolation period begins on the earliest of:

  • the date the symptoms started or
  • the date you completed the COVID-19 test, if the date is validated by the test provider or
  • the date you received the positive test result from tests taken after arrival to Canada

Understand the common signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

For the next 14 days


  • Visit uncrowded public settings, such as parks, beaches or going for a walk while wearing a mask, unless physical distancing can be maintained.
  • Gather with a small group of people from outside the household who are all known to be fully vaccinated while wearing a mask and maintaining physical distancing.
  • Maintain a list of contacts.


  • Attend a setting where you may have contact with vulnerable people, including:
    • long-term care facilities
    • schools or camps with unvaccinated children
    • places with people who are immune compromised, regardless of that person's vaccination status or the public health measures in place
  • Attend work onsite unless you have your employer's approval to attend in person after having disclosed your recent travel history.
    • Masking and physical distancing must be in place at all times while working onsite, regardless of your employer's direction.
  • Travel on crowded public transportation that does not ensure physical distancing and masking (e.g., crowded subway).
  • Attend large crowded settings, indoors or outdoors, such as a concert or sporting events.

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