COVID-19 mandatory hotel stopover: Plan and book

Now is not the time to travel. We strongly advise you to cancel or postpone non-essential trips.

All travellers entering Canada, regardless of citizenship, must follow testing and quarantine requirements. This is to keep everyone safe, particularly given the new COVID-19 variants in Canada and around the world.

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Who has to do a hotel stopover

Flying to Canada

At this time, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, you must book and pay for a 3-night hotel stopover before you arrive in Canada. You'll stay at the government-authorized hotel while you await your arrival test results.

This applies even if you have:

Air travellers are only exempt from the 3-night hotel stay if they're:

Temporary Foreign Worker Program exemption

Workers in exempt occupations don't need to complete the 3-night hotel stopover if you:

  • don't have symptoms of COVID-19
    and
  • are travelling to your final place of quarantine in a private vehicle 
    and
  • are travelling only with those who arrived on the same flight with you

Instead, you'll go directly to the location of your 14-day quarantine. This location is where you'll wait for the results of your COVID-19 test taken on arrival and on Day 8 of your quarantine.

You'll be required to stay in a government-authorized hotel if you must take public transportation, such as a:

  • subway
  • public bus
  • connecting domestic flight

Exempt occupations

Primary agriculture:

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

Other agri-food occupations:

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

Driving to Canada

At this time, you don't have to complete a hotel stopover if you're driving to Canada.

You do have to follow other testing and quarantine requirements based on your situation:

Steps for booking your hotel

You must ensure that you have a confirmed booking at a government-authorized hotel before boarding a flight coming to Canada. Book your hotel in the same city as the airport of your initial arrival into Canada.

Border measures can change with little or no warning. It's strongly suggested that you book your hotel as close as possible to your arrival date in Canada.

If rooms aren't available for your preferred dates, you must change your flight for a date when a government-authorized hotel is available.

You could face a fine of up to $3,000 if you don't provide evidence of a pre-booked and pre-paid accommodation at a government-authorized hotel prior to entering Canada.

Follow these steps:

  1. Have your traveller details ready
  2. Choose and book your hotel
  3. Get a confirmation to show at the border

1. Have your traveller details ready

To book your hotel, you must have:

2. Choose and book your hotel

Prices

Hotels set their own rates. Prices are subject to change.

The price will include costs associated with the:

The mandatory 3-night reservation is:

Sharing a hotel room

People who live in the same household may stay in the same hotel room if travelling together. Room rates include the base room rate plus an additional fee for each additional person staying in the same room.

Changing your reservation

Contact the hotel where you have a confirmed booking if you need to change your booking date.

Hotel lists by arrival airport

Visit the hotel websites to see which options suit your needs (including accessibility, pets and dietary restrictions). Most government-authorized hotels now offer online booking for the mandatory hotel stopover.

Alberta: Calgary International Airport (YYC)
British Columbia: Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
Ontario: Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ)
Quebec: Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL)

Booking

You can only book your mandatory hotel stopover:

If rooms aren't available for your preferred dates, you must change your flight for a date when a government-authorized hotel is available.

You can book a government-authorized hotel for someone other than yourself. Contact the hotel directly to book.

Reservations made through other travel agencies, online booking sites or apps will not be accepted. If you book through an online travel agency or app, you may be subject to a $3,000 fine for not having the appropriate booking.

Most of the government-authorized hotels offer direct online booking for the mandatory hotel stopover. For all others, you can call the hotel directly.

When booking, tell the hotel that you need a government-authorized accommodation room to make sure you're booked correctly.

You can also reserve and pay for your mandatory 3-night hotel stopover through GB Travel Canada Inc.:

Expect to receive an email confirmation within 4 hours of booking.

3. Get a confirmation from the hotel to show at the border

Print your confirmation or have the email or a screen shot ready to show to a government official at the border.

Your hotel booking confirmation email will include a 6-digit alphanumeric trip reference code. You'll need to input this trip reference code when you enter your trip information into ArriveCAN.

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What to do next

Know the rules for getting to the hotel from the airport and your responsibilities during your stay.

Staying at the hotel

Use the checklist to follow the testing and quarantine requirements that apply to you:

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