For travellers without symptoms of COVID-19 returning to Canada

You may have come into contact with the virus that causes COVID-19

Mandatory quarantine

The Government of Canada has put in place emergency measures to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19 in Canada. You MUST quarantine for 14 days and monitor yourself for symptoms subject to the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation) No. 3.

Your compliance with this Order is subject to verification and enforcement. Those in violation may face transfer to a quarantine facility as well as fines and/or imprisonment.

  • Ensure you have a suitable place of quarantine that has the necessities of life.
  • Go directly to your place of quarantine without delay and stay there for 14 days from the date you arrived in Canada.
  • Ensure you wear a suitable mask or face covering, especially while in transit.
  • Practise physical distancing at all times.
  • Use private transportation such as a private vehicle if possible.
  • Do not make any unnecessary stops on your way to your place of quarantine.
  • Avoid contact with others while in transit:
    • Remain in the vehicle as much as possible;
    • Avoid staying at a hotel;
    • If you need gas, pay at the pump;
    • If you need food, use a drive through;
    • If you need to use a rest area, put on your mask and be mindful of physical distancing and good hygiene practices.

Some provinces and territories have additional travel restrictions

(For example, no non-essential travel into the province, limited access to certain regions within the province, etc.).

Please refer to the list of provincial and territorial websites for more information.

Note that if federal and provincial/territorial guidelines differ, you should follow the most precautionary and stringent requirements.

You must monitor your health for 14 days

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty Breathing

If you start experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath, a fever greater than 38°C, or signs of fever e.g. shivering, flushed skin, or excessive sweating):

  • Isolate yourself from others.
  • Contact your local public health authority and follow their instructions.

The 14-day period starts again if, during your quarantine period, you develop any signs and symptoms of COVID-19, including those noted above.

Please refer to the Symptoms of COVID-19 for additional symptoms common to COVID-19.

What you can and cannot do during your 14-day quarantine

Prohibited during quarantine:

  • You may not leave your place of quarantine unless it is to seek medical attention.
  • You may not have any visitors even if you are outside and stay two metres apart from them.

Permitted during quarantine:

  • You may use a private outdoor space if you have one at your place of quarantine (ex: backyard or balcony).
  • You may use shared spaces in your place of quarantine provided you minimize contact with those who did not travel with you.

Recommended during quarantine:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing or sneezing.

Public Health Authorities

Provinces and Territories Telephone number Website
British Columbia 811
Alberta 811
Saskatchewan 811
Manitoba 1-888-315-9257
Ontario 1-866-797-0000
Quebec 1-877-644-4545
New Brunswick 811
Nova Scotia 811
Prince Edward Island 811
Newfoundland and Labrador 811 or 1-888-709-2929
Nunavut 1-867-975-5772
Northwest Territories 811
Yukon 811

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