Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): For travellers without symptoms returning to Canada


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Organization: Public Health Agency of Canada

Date published: March 25, 2020

While outside of Canada, you may have come in contact with the virus that causes COVID-19

Mandatory self-isolation

The Government of Canada has put in place emergency measures to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19 in Canada. All persons entering Canada MUST self-isolate for 14 days subject to the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation).

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

  • Go to the place where you will self-isolate without delay, and self-isolate for 14 days from the date you arrive in Canada.
  • Maintain a 2 metre distance from others (social distancing) at all times.
  • Do not have visitors, especially older adults, or those with medical conditions, who are at a higher risk of developing serious illness.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces regularly.

When in self-isolation, follow the instructions provided.

Monitor your health for 14 days

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty Breathing

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

  • immediately isolate yourself from others in your house
  • contact your public health authority as soon as possible and follow their instructions
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 867-975-5772
Northwest Territories 911
Yukon Territory 811

Special Provisions

  • Exceptions have been made for certain individuals or certain types of workers who provide essential services.
  • Workers in these sectors should contact their employer for specific instructions, maintain a distance of 2 metres from others at all times, closely self-monitor for symptoms, and self-isolate immediately should symptoms develop.

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