For persons exempt from mandatory quarantine due to COVID-19
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Organization: Public Health Agency of Canada
Date published: 2020-11-21
You may have come in contact with the virus that causes COVID-19
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 quarantine for 14 days, provide contact information as requested and monitor themselves for signs and symptoms as required by the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation).
Your compliance is subject to verification and enforcement. Those in violation may face transfer to a quarantine facility as well as fines and/or imprisonment.
While this exemption from the requirement to quarantine may apply to certain individuals entering Canada, some provinces and territories may have different requirements that could affect entry.
(For example, limited access to certain regions within the province, etc.).
Please refer to provincial or territorial websites below for more information.
Persons exempt from mandatory quarantine
Some persons are not subject to the mandatory quarantine requirement when entering Canada for certain purposes as identified in the Order.
Exemption will be validated for each entry into Canada.
This exemption does not apply to anyone who has signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
If you have signs and symptoms upon entry into Canada, you must disclose this information to the border services officer or quarantine officer who will provide additional instructions, and you must isolate for 14 days.
If you are identified as an individual who is exempted from the requirement to quarantine, you are still required to do the following:
- Wear a non-medical mask or face covering while in public settings if physical distancing of 2m cannot be maintained, or when sharing private indoor spaces with people from outside your immediate household.
- Continually monitor your health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, including for 14 days each time you re-enter Canada.
- Respect the public health guidance and instructions of the area where you are travelling and prevention measures from your workplace.
You must monitor your health
For 14 days after each time you enter Canada, if you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, such as:
- 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 or weakness
- new loss of smell or taste
- gastrointestinal symptoms like abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting or feeling very unwell
- Isolate yourself from others immediately
- Follow the COVID-19 instructions of the public health authority in the province or territory where you are located (see contact information below)
- Contact your employer for further instructions related to your work if travelling for work purposes.
For information about possible exposure to COVID-19 during travel (i.e. flights, cruise ships public transit, etc.) visit: Locations where you may have been exposed to COVID-19.
For information on risk factors for increased exposure to COVID-19 and/or more severe disease or outcomes, visit: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Prevention and risks.
While in Canada
- Download and use Canada’s contact tracing app (COVID Alert).
- Limit your contact with others, particularly those who are at risk of more severe disease.
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 2 minutes 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 you cough or sneeze.
|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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