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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.
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:
- reserve a government-authorized hotel for 3 nights prior to departure to Canada
- take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival in Canada
- stay in the government-authorized hotel while awaiting the results of the COVID-19 molecular test taken on arrival
- pay for the cost of the hotel stay, as well as all associated costs for:
- infection prevention and control measures
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.
Exemptions from hotel stopover
Travellers are exempt from the 3-night hotel stay if they’re:
- an unaccompanied minor or unaccompanied dependent child
- already exempt from the requirement to undergo arrival testing
- already exempt from the requirement to quarantine
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.
- 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
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.
What COVID-19 information do you need?
- Mandatory hotel stopover
- Use ArriveCAN to enter Canada
- What to do after you've arrived in Canada
- How to use ArriveCAN
- Check requirements for entering Canada
- Your privacy and ArriveCAN
- Additional questions about ArriveCAN
- Find out if you can travel to Canada
- Travel restrictions in Canada
- Quarantine and isolation for travellers
- Compassionate exemptions
- Registration of Canadians Abroad service
- Check if you have been exposed during recent travel
- I am a Canadian travelling abroad and I need support. Who can I contact?
- I am a traveller trying to return home to Canada. How do I get financial support while abroad?
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- For clinical trial sponsors
- Additional economic and financial support
- Support for businesses
- Avoiding layoffs, rehiring employees and creating new jobs
- Financial support, loans and access to credit
- Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) interest-free loans
- Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)
- Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP)
- Loan Guarantee for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
- Co-Lending Program for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
- Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)
- Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund
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- Where can I get information specific to my province or territory?
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