For travellers without symptoms of COVID-19 returning to Canada by air
Organization: Public Health Agency of Canada
Date published: 2021-04-23
The Government of Canada has put in place emergency measures to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19 and variants in Canada. You must quarantine for 14 days, provide accurate contact information and a quarantine plan, and monitor yourself for signs and symptoms as required by the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Quarantine, Isolation and Other Obligations).
The Public Health Agency of Canada will be calling you to discuss your test results and/or to ensure you are complying with the quarantine measures. Please make sure the information you provide is accurate. Providing false information is an offense under the Quarantine Act.
- quarantine without delay for 14 days starting on the day of your arrival as directed by a screening officer or quarantine officer.
- If you have evidence of a positive COVID-19 molecular test that was taken 14 to 90 days prior to your arrival in Canada, go directly to your place of quarantine and remain there for the full 14-day quarantine period
Under the authorization of a quarantine officer:
- take two COVID-19 molecular tests in Canada.
- take the first test on arrival at the airport. Follow any specific directions provided by the quarantine officer.
- get a COVID-19 test kit at the airport to take with you for use on day 8
- take the second test on day 8 of your quarantine period using the self-administered kit provided (Certain travellers who arrive at Calgary International Airport will be required to take the second COVID-19 molecular test at a pharmacy and will be given specific directions about the second test at the airport.)
- go directly from the airport to your pre-booked government-authorized accommodation (hotel).
- You can use your private vehicle if it is parked in the airport parking lot and is within walking distance, or a designated shuttle for government-authorized hotels
- remain in your hotel room until you receive your arrival test result.
- if the on-arrival test result is negative, check out of the hotel and go directly to your place of quarantine.
- if you need to take public transportation (e.g. aircraft, bus, train, subway, taxi or ride-sharing service), wear a mask at all times and sanitize your hands frequently.
- if your on-arrival test result is positive, invalid or indeterminate, await further instructions from a quarantine officer.
- report your arrival at your place of quarantine within 48 hours after you arrive at your government-authorized hotel.
- If you used ArriveCAN to enter Canada, continue to use it to report your arrival
- If you did not use ArriveCAN to enter Canada, or are unable to report through ArriveCAN for any reason, call 1-833-641-0343 to report arrival
- You must also report your daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessment until the end of your quarantine or your first reporting of symptoms
Even if you receive a negative on-arrival test result, you must:
- remain in quarantine. Your quarantine will end after the 14th day only if you get a negative test result from your day 8 test
- remain in isolation if your day 8 test result is positive. You must isolate for additional 14 days from the day your day 8 test was taken if the day 8 test result is positive.
- respond to calls or visits from screening officers or law enforcement.
- keep a copy of all your COVID-19 molecular test results. You may be asked to provide the information to the Government of Canada, the government of a province or territory or to the local public health authority during your quarantine period
*Certain travellers who arrive at Calgary International Airport will be required to take the second COVID-19 molecular test at a pharmacy and will be given specific directions about the second test at the airport.
Public health measures to follow while in transit
- wear a well-constructed, well-fitting, non-medical mask while in transit, unless you are alone in a private vehicle or travelling only with the same people you entered Canada with
- practice physical distancing of 2m whenever possible
- sanitize your hands often and avoid touching surfaces
- remain in the vehicle as much as possible: pay at the pump for gas and use drive through when you need food
- avoid stops and contact with others
Referrals to designated quarantine facilities
You must follow the directions of a quarantine officer and enter a quarantine facility or other suitable place if:
- you do not take a test when required
- you do not have a suitable quarantine plan
- you show signs and symptoms of COVID-19 while at the government-authorized accommodation
- your on-arrival test is positive for COVID-19
You must have a suitable place to quarantine where you:
- can stay for 14 days or possibly longer
- will not have contact with people who:
- are 65 years or older
- have underlying medical conditions
- have compromised immune systems
- work or assist in a facility, home or workplace that includes at-risk populations, including:
- nurses, doctors, other healthcare professionals, personal support workers, social workers
- first responders, such as paramedics
- cleaning and maintenance staff, receptionists and administrative staff, food services staff, volunteers, essential visitors to those living in long-term care facilities
- can avoid contact with others who did not travel with you
- can have a separate bedroom from others who did not travel with you
- have access to the necessities of life, including water, food, medication and heat without leaving quarantine
- will not stay in group living environment.
- Some examples of group living environments include:
- a shelter, group home, group residence, hostels, industrial camps, construction trailers or other group setting
- a student residence (unless you've received prior authorization)
- a small apartment you share with others
- a shared household with a large family or families or many people
- shared living spaces with housemates who haven't travelled with you that you cannot avoid interacting with
While in quarantine
- respond to calls or visits from screening officers or law enforcement. The call will be from GOV-GOUV Canada or 1-888-336-7735 on your call display. Screening officer and law enforcement will identify themselves, must show their identification, and will ask for you by name.
- do not leave your place of quarantine unless it is for a life threatening emergency, an essential medical service or treatment, to obtain a COVID-19 molecular test, or it is pre-authorized by a quarantine officer
- use only private outdoor spaces (i.e. balcony)
- undergo any health assessments that the quarantine officer requires
- do not have any visits from family, friends, or other guests; inside or outside. Food, groceries, or other necessities, should be left at your door for contactless delivery.
- do not use shared spaces such as lobbies, courtyards, restaurants, gyms or pools if you are staying in a condo, apartment building, or hotel.
You must monitor your health for 14 days
The following symptoms are associated with COVID-19:
- new or worsening cough
- shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
- feeling feverish, chills, or temperature equal to
or over 38°C
- skin changes or rashes (in children)
- muscle or body aches, fatigue, weakness, or feeling very unwell
- new loss of smell or taste
- gastrointestinal symptoms like abdominal pain, diarrhea, or vomiting
If you start having symptoms of COVID-19, or you receive a positive COVID-19 molecular test, you must:
- isolate yourself from others immediately for a period of 14 days that begins the day you have a COVID-19 test or developed symptoms.
- follow the COVID-19 instructions of the local public health authority (see below)
Your compliance with these requirements is subject to verification and enforcement.
You will be called from 1-888-336-7735 and may be visited by a screening officer or law enforcement to verify your compliance during your 14-day quarantine. You will receive calls with a pre-recorded messages and email reminders of your obligations.
Those in violation may be transferred to a quarantine facility, face fines, and/or imprisonment.
- Note that you may also be contacted by provincial or territorial authorities throughout the 14-day period.
- If federal and provincial or territorial guidelines differ, you should follow the strictest requirements.
Public health authorities
|Provinces and Territories||Telephone number||Website|
|Prince Edward Island||811||www.princeedwardisland.ca/covid19|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||811 or 1-888-709-2929||www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19|
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