Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Travel advice
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People can contract coronaviruses after coming into contact with an infected person. At this time, it is unclear how easily COVID-19 spreads from person to person. An outbreak is limited to China at this time.
There is no vaccine or treatment to prevent coronaviruses. Most people with common coronavirus illness will recover on their own.
You can reduce your risk by taking precautions when travelling to areas where there is risk of coronaviruses.
If you have travelled to Hubei province, China, you can reduce the risk of spreading infection by following prevention measures when returning to Canada.
Safety and security abroad
Travellers should expect increased health screening measures at points of entry for international destinations, including airports.
To determine travel restrictions and entry and exit requirements for your destination, check with the appropriate foreign diplomatic mission.
To ensure you are aware of the latest developments on this evolving situation, we recommend:
- monitoring the news
- reading all travel advice and advisories for your destination
If you are in an affected destination, we recommend:
- following the instructions of local authorities
- signing up to our Registration of Canadians Abroad service to receive important updates
For returning travellers
If you have travelled to Hubei province in the last 14 days, limit your contact with others for a total of 14 days from the date that you left Hubei. This means self-isolate and stay at home. In addition, contact the local public health authority in your province or territory within 24 hours of arriving in Canada.
All travellers from mainland China are advised to monitor themselves for symptoms and to contact the local public health authority in their province or territory if they feel sick.
Even if you have not been to mainland China, should a fever, cough, difficulty breathing or any other symptom arise within 14 days after returning to Canada, seek medical attention immediately. Inform your health care provider or local health authority about symptoms and travel history.
During your return to Canada
If you develop symptoms of coronavirus before you are scheduled to leave, do not get on board any form of public transportation. Seek medical attention.
If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 during a flight, tell the flight attendant before you land or the border services officer as you enter the country. They will notify a quarantine officer who will assess your symptoms.
If you do not have symptoms but believe you were exposed to a source of COVID-19, report this information to a Canada border services agent on arrival in Canada. This is required under the Quarantine Act. The Canada border services agent will provide instructions for you to follow.
We have put messaging on arrivals screens at international airports that will help guide travellers who have travelled to the province of Hubei, China. The screens tell travellers to inform a border services officer if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms.
In addition, pamphlets with additional information on what symptoms to identify and how to contact local health authorities will be provided to travellers.
During the 14 days after your return
If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, call your appropriate public health authority immediately.
Describe your symptoms and document your travel history. Your health care professional or health authority will provide instructions for you to follow, including appropriate arrangements for your medical assessment.
If you are not already isolated, self-quarantine yourself in your home. Help reduce the spread of the virus.
- Government of Canada evacuating Canadians from Wuhan, China [2020-02-02]
- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau convenes the Incident Response Group for an update on the coronavirus situation [2020-02-02]
- Consular services and assistance for Canadians in China
- Statement by Foreign Affairs Minister on travel to Hubei Province in China [2020-01-26]
- Awareness resources (airport handouts and posters)
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