Use ArriveCAN to enter Canada
Use ArriveCAN to provide mandatory travel information before and after your entry into Canada. It only takes minutes to help keep each other safe.
Available for iOS, Android and online.
The mobile app is free and is available in English, French and Spanish (displayed in the language of your device). It can save your contact and travel document information for travel at a later date. Download the latest version of ArriveCAN or click ‘update’ in your app store.
The web version of ArriveCAN is optimized to meet all Government of Canada accessibility requirements, including the use of text-to-voice technology. The web version is recommended for any users with accessibility-related issues. The Government of Canada is working to make the mobile applications available on the Google and Apple app stores accessible as quickly as possible.
Persons unable to use ArriveCAN due to accessibility issues can get support by visiting our help page or seek assistance upon arrival to Canada.
Travellers with a right of entry, such as Canadian citizens, permanent residents and persons registered under the Indian Act will not be denied boarding of their flight or entry into Canada if they do not use ArriveCAN.
ArriveCAN is FREE!
Be cautious of third party, fraudulent webpages and apps that may be posing as ArriveCAN and asking you for payment. If you encounter a suspicious webpage or app that appears to be posing as ArriveCAN, please file a report with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre immediately. ArriveCAN is free and secure and is the official Government of Canada platform to provide your information when entering Canada.
Exempt essential travel
As of September 7, 2021, travellers entering for exempt essential travel, such as frequent cross-border work, essential services, medical support and trade and transportation, will be able to save time by entering their mandatory information into ArriveCAN once and using the same ArriveCAN receipt for each entry.
Notifications/ e-mails from ArriveCAN
If a border services officer confirmed at the border that you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, you shouldn't receive further emails or notifications from ArriveCAN. You're also not expected to quarantine or report after entering Canada. If you're receiving notifications that don't reflect your situation, contact us so that your situation can be resolved.
On this page
- Find out if you can travel to Canada
- How to use ArriveCAN
- If your travel details change
- After you've entered Canada
- Your privacy is protected
- Get help with ArriveCAN
Find out if you can enter Canada
How to use ArriveCAN
Who needs to use ArriveCAN
All travellers, with limited exceptions, whether entering Canada by air, land, rail or marine vessel, must use ArriveCAN.
You'll need to submit your information within 72 hours before your arrival to Canada.
If travelling by marine vessel
If you're travelling by marine vessel, you must use ArriveCAN before or upon entering Canada; this is to accommodate for Wi-Fi issues on the water.
If transiting through to another country by air
Travellers who are transiting through Canada to another country (and aren't leaving the secure area at the airport) don't need to submit their information through ArriveCAN.
If you don't submit your information through ArriveCAN
If you don't submit your information through ArriveCAN, you:
- may be denied boarding if arriving by air and may be denied entry into Canada if crossing at a land, rail or marine border crossing (if you are a foreign national travelling for discretionary purposes)
Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons registered under the Indian Act and foreign nationals eligible to enter Canada under another entry exemption (such as foreign work, study, compassionate grounds) will not be denied boarding or entry, but you:
- won't be eligible for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption
- may face additional delays at the border for public health questioning
- may be subject to fines or enforcement action
Use ArriveCAN to submit:
Contact information and travel details
- required contact information for you and other people travelling with you
- the purpose of your travel, such as:
- exempt essential travel, including:
- cross-border work, essential services, medical support, trade and transport, or none of the above, or
- regular travel, including:
- Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person registered under the Indian Act returning to Canada
- Foreign nationals entering for discretionary travel
- foreign work, study, family reunification, compassionate reasons or none of the above
- exempt essential travel, including:
- travel details, such as your:
- date and time of arrival
- port of entry if you're entering by land, rail or marine vessel, or
- flight number, airport and airline for the flight that will bring you into Canada if you're entering by air
Vaccination information and pre-entry test results
- your vaccination information, and proof of vaccination if you are seeking the fully vaccinated exemption
- information about your pre-entry COVID-19 test results and confirm that you understand the testing requirements
- information about the countries you stayed in or visited in the 14 days prior to your arrival in Canada (don't include countries where you had a connection stop along the journey from one destination to another).
For your quarantine plan, questions include:
- whether you have accommodation where you can quarantine for 14 days or possibly longer
- the address of your quarantine location (the place where you'll quarantine for 14 days. If you’re fully vaccinated, this is the place you could go if you develop symptoms or test positive)
- If you are arriving by marine vessel, include the address where the vessel will be moored.
- whether you can avoid all contact with other people who didn't travel with you while in your place of quarantine
- whether you'll have access to basic necessities of life, including water, food, medication and heat, without leaving quarantine
- if there are people at increased risk from COVID-19 at that place who:
- are 65 years or older (unless you are fully vaccinated)
- have underlying medical conditions
- have compromised immune systems
- if there are any people at that place who work or assist in a facility, home or workplace that includes people at increased risk from COVID-19
- whether it's a group living environment or houses multiple families, such as:
- group residence
- care facilities
- living with roommates you can't avoid who didn't travel with you
For fully vaccinated travellers
Including unvaccinated children or dependent adults in your submission
- Do include all children under 18 and dependent adults, regardless of their vaccination status
You will be asked about their vaccination status; however, as long as all other travellers in the submission are fully vaccinated, ArriveCAN will issue a receipt that is required for travel
Quarantine for unvaccinated minors
Unvaccinated children under the age of 12 years entering Canada may be exempt from quarantine, with conditions. They must be travelling to Canada with at least one fully vaccinated guardian. Unvaccinated children over the age of 12 years and dependent adults are not exempt from quarantine.
Using ArriveCAN for someone else
If you're travelling with others, you can include multiple travellers in your ArriveCAN submission.
Including multiple people in your submission
As the primary traveller, you may provide travel information for yourself and for:
- your spouse or common law partner
- your children (or children for whom you have legal guardianship), aged 18 years or younger
- any other adult for whom you're a legal guardian
You can provide information for up to 8 travellers, including yourself, in a single submission.
Use this when:
- you'll all stay together at the same address for the entire quarantine or isolation period and
- you have their permission to collect and share this information
Exempt essential travel
If your travel is related to any of the following travel purposes, you can save time by creating an exempt essential travel profile and enter your information once. Reuse your receipt for each entry into Canada.
- Cross-border work (e.g., you regularly cross the border to work)
- Essential services (e.g., you live in an integrated trans-border community)
- Medical and health care support (e.g., health care practitioner, you received or will receive medical care, or you transport medical equipment or supplies)
- Trade and transport (e.g., truck driver or crew member on any aircraft, shipping vessel or train)
You will only need to resubmit your information in ArriveCAN if the border services officer determines you are not travelling for exempt essential travel, if you are travelling for non-essential reasons (e.g., discretionary travel) or if your information in ArriveCAN changes (for example, your travel history).
You can submit your information at any time before you travel and are no longer required to enter information about your port of entry or date and time of arrival. You cannot submit on behalf of others.
Travelling with mixed vaccination status or citizenship
Don't include other travellers who aren't travelling for the same purpose of travel or who are not fully vaccinated in a single submission unless they are:
- less than 18 years old or a dependent adult travelling with a fully vaccinated guardian
- if you are a foreign national entering Canada for discretionary purposes and travelling with another person who is a Canadian citizen, you should complete individual submissions
- if you are travelling with a group of adult foreign nationals with mixed vaccination statuses, do not include unvaccinated travellers in your submission (unless they are dependent adults); you will not be issued an ArriveCAN receipt as unvaccinated foreign nationals are not eligible to enter Canada for discretionary travel
If you're not the traveller
If you're not the traveller, you can submit travel information on behalf of others who may be unable to use ArriveCAN by signing in online.
You'll need to fill out ArriveCAN with all of the traveller's information.
You'll then be able to print or email the receipt to the traveller.
You must send the receipt to the traveller to show to the Canada border services officer upon arrival to Canada. The traveller is responsible for ensuring they're compliant with the requirements for entry into Canada.
The traveller can’t use ArriveCAN to complete their reporting after entering Canada. They must call 1-833-641-0343 each day during their 14-day quarantine, unless exempt from this requirement.
Getting your ArriveCAN receipt
Once you submit your information through ArriveCAN, a receipt will be displayed and emailed to you.
ArriveCAN won't confirm exemptions from public health requirements. An ArriveCAN receipt shows that you've successfully provided your information. It doesn't validate your eligibility to enter Canada, vaccination status, or essential travel status. Your exemptions from public health requirements and/or essential travel status will be determined by a border services officer.
The ArriveCAN mobile app saves your contact information (name, date of birth and travel document information) for travel at a later date.
How to use the ArriveCAN receipt
Show the receipt to your airline carrier or a Canadian border services officer when you enter.
You can show your ArriveCAN receipt from:
- the app
- a screenshot
- your email
- a printout
If your travel details change before you enter Canada
If you need to edit your information and have an ArriveCAN receipt, you need to start over and create a new submission. ArriveCAN will clear your previous information.
After you've entered Canada
If you submitted information for an unvaccinated traveller
If you submitted information for unvaccinated travellers who aren't exempt from quarantine:
- you'll continue receiving notifications and/or emails from ArriveCAN asking you to complete your daily reporting and day-8 testing, and
- you must complete daily symptom self-assessments for travellers in your submission.
If you qualified for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption
If you were selected for mandatory random testing on arrival to Canada, you may receive emails reminding you to take and submit your test.
If you believe you're receiving notifications and/or emails from ArriveCAN in error, please contact us. You may ignore these notifications.
If you didn't qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption
The day after you arrive in Canada, all travellers, unless exempt from this requirement, must use ArriveCAN to:
- confirm that you've arrived at the address you provided for your quarantine or isolation location
- complete daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessments until the completion of your quarantine period or until you report symptoms
- confirm that you have completed your day-8 test and sent your sample to the lab
Government of Canada officials will call you to ensure that you're complying with your mandatory quarantine or isolation. You must answer calls from 1-888-336-7735 and answer all questions truthfully to demonstrate your compliance with the law. You may also receive a visit from a designated screening officer to confirm your compliance with the quarantine or isolation order.
If the provincial or territorial quarantine requirements in your area conflict with the federal quarantine requirements, please follow the directions that are more strict.
If you're directed to a designated quarantine facility, you won't have to report through ArriveCAN. However, you'll be subject to reporting requirements at the facility.
How to report after you've entered Canada
How you report depends on whether you:
Used ArriveCAN to enter Canada
If you used the ArriveCAN mobile app before you entered Canada, you'll get a push notification on your phone and an email on the second day of your quarantine. If you signed in online to provide your information, you'll only get an email notification. This means the day after you entered Canada. The notification alerts you that you're ready to confirm:
- your arrival at your place of quarantine or isolation
- you can start your daily symptom reporting through ArriveCAN
You'll be able to complete your mandatory reporting in less than a minute.
When you open the mobile app or sign in online, you'll receive prompts to help you complete your daily check-in. If ArriveCAN shows the incorrect day of your quarantine period, follow the instructions provided by the Border Services Officer.
On day 9 of your quarantine period, you'll be asked if you've taken your COVID-19 test on day 8, and if you've sent your sample to the lab. If you are exempt from this requirement, answer 'no' to these questions.
If you are unable to use ArriveCAN after entering the country, call 1-833-641-0343 daily during your quarantine period.
Didn't use ArriveCAN to enter Canada
If you submitted your information verbally to a Canada border services officer or by paper form when you entered Canada, you can't use ArriveCAN to complete your mandatory reporting. You must call 1-833-641-0343 instead. It will take approximately 5 minutes to complete your daily reporting. Each traveller must call individually. For example, if you are a family of four, you need to make 4 separate phone calls.
Your privacy is protected
- does not use GPS or other technology on your mobile phone to track your location
- uses only the information provided by you, the user
The personal information provided through ArriveCAN is protected according to the Privacy Act. For more information, see the ArriveCAN privacy notice.
How your ArriveCAN information is used and disclosed
The Government of Canada uses and discloses the information you provide in ArriveCAN:
- to verify or enforce compliance with the emergency order under the Quarantine Act
- for public health follow up, including by the provinces and territories
- to help determine eligibility for new border measures and support a public health response to COVID-19
When you enter Canada, you'll be told:
- how we'll verify that you're complying with the requirements
- possible consequences if you don't comply, such as enforcement actions and penalties
The Government of Canada will contact you during your mandatory quarantine or isolation period to verify that you're quarantining or isolating. You must answer calls from:
- GOV/GOUV CANADA
Answer all questions truthfully.
We may share your information with law enforcement and security partners for compliance and enforcement follow-up activities.
Get help with ArriveCAN
Find out how to create your ArriveCAN account, troubleshoot problems and contact us on the ArriveCAN help page.
Handouts, video, and helpful links
- Travelling to Canada? Use ArriveCAN (video)
- Find testing and entry requirements (helpful link)
- COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada (helpful link)
- Requirements for unvaccinated children under 12 travelling with fully vaccinated parents or guardians (handout)
- For unvaccinated travellers without symptoms arriving in Canada (handout)
- For unvaccinated travellers with symptoms arriving in Canada (handout)
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