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New travel measures

The Government of Canada has introduced further measures to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and its variants in Canada.

We strongly advise Canadians to cancel or postpone non-essential travel plans outside of Canada. Now is not the time to travel.

People who travel by air for non-essential reasons will face new measures and expenses when they return to Canada.

Flying to Canada checklist

Air traveller requirements

Travellers must still provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test taken up to 72 hours before their scheduled departure time.

As of February 21, 2021, at 11:59 pm ET, travellers, unless exempted, will also be required to:

Travellers must present proof of having reserved and pre-paid for their accommodation through ArriveCAN.

Travellers will still be required to complete the remainder of the mandatory 14-day quarantine after their mandatory hotel stopover.

The list of government-authorized hotels is now available.

Exemptions from hotel stopover

Travellers are exempt from the 3-night hotel stay if they’re:

Agriculture, agri-food and seafood workers

Until March 14, 2021, workers in certain seasonal occupations under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system won’t need to complete the 3-night hotel stopover.

Instead, they’ll go directly to the location of their 14-day quarantine provided by their employer. This location is where they’ll wait for the results of their COVID-19 test taken on arrival.

More details will be available soon about the process that seasonal workers should expect after March 14, 2021.

Exempt occupations

Primary agriculture:

  • NOC 0821: Managers in agriculture
  • NOC 0822: Managers in horticulture
  • NOC 8252: Agricultural and related service agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
  • NOC 8255: Landscaping and ground maintenance: contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services
  • NOC 8431: General farm workers
  • NOC 8432: Nursery and greenhouse workers
  • NOC 8611: Harvesting labourers

Other agri-food occupations:

  • NOC 6331: Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers (retail and wholesale)
  • NOC 9461: Process control and machine operators, food, beverage and associated products processing
  • NOC 9462: Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
  • NOC 9463: Fish and seafood plant workers
  • NOC 9617: Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing
  • NOC 9618: Labourers in fish and seafood processing

At-home testing

Travellers will also be required to take another COVID-19 molecular test on day 10 of their 14-day quarantine. Travellers will be provided with a COVID-19 test kit and instructions before leaving the airport.

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