For travellers with COVID-19 symptoms arriving in Canada by land, air or water

Mandatory isolation requirements for travellers with COVID-19 symptoms arriving in Canada by land, air or water.

The Government of Canada has put in place emergency measures under the Quarantine Act to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19 and variants in Canada. You are required to meet the requirements under the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Quarantine, Isolation and Other Obligations).

Mandatory isolation

You must:


  • Go directly to the place where you will isolate without delay, or as directed by a screening officer or quarantine officer.
  • Isolate at your suitable place of isolation for a minimum of 10 days.

Take COVID-19 tests as directed

  • Take COVID-19 molecular tests in Canada as directed, unless you have evidence of a positive COVID-19 test taken 14 to 180 days prior to arrival to Canada.
  • Keep a copy of your COVID-19 molecular test results until the end of your isolation.
  • Provide your test results upon request to the Government of Canada or government of the province or territory, or to the local public health authority during your isolation period upon request.
  • Arriving by water: You are not subject to the on arrival and day-8 COVID-19 molecular tests.

Report and monitor

  • Report your arrival at your place of isolation within 48 hours in ArriveCAN (if you used ArriveCAN before you entered Canada) or 1-833-641-0343 (if you did not use or cannot use ArriveCAN).
  • Monitor for symptoms throughout your isolation period.

Public health measures to follow while in transit to your suitable place of isolation

  • Do not use public transportation (e.g. aircraft, bus, train, subway, taxi or ride-sharing service) to get to your place of isolation.
  • Wear a well-constructed, well-fitting mask while in transit, unless you are alone in a private vehicle.
  • 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 while in transit.
  • Sanitize your hands frequently.

Warning: Your compliance with this Order is subject to monitoring, verification and enforcement. If you do not comply, you may be transferred to a quarantine facility, face fines, and/or imprisonment.

A government representative will be calling you from 1-888-336-7735 and may also visit you to verify that you are complying with the isolation measures.


  • New or worsening cough
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Muscle or body aches, fatigue, weakness
  • Feeling very unwell
  • New loss of smell or taste
  • Feeling feverish, chills, or temperature equal to or over 38°c
  • Skin changes or rashes (in children)
  • Headache
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms like abdominal pain, diarrhea, or vomiting

If your symptoms worsen or if you develop new symptoms, follow the COVID-19 instructions of the local public health authority (see below). If you receive a positive COVID-19 molecular test, you must isolate for an additional 10 days. The isolation period begins on the date you completed the test with the test provider, or the date of the test result if the test date cannot be validated.

Actions in isolation


  • Avoid all in-person interaction with others, including members of your household, if possible.
    • When unable to avoid sharing a space with members of your household, everyone should wear a medical mask or a well-constructed and well-fitting non-medical mask.
    • Shared spaces should be well ventilated by opening windows, as weather permits.
    • All household members should practise hand hygiene, and cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects.
  • Access the necessities of life (e.g., water, food, medication and heat) without leaving isolation.
    • Food, groceries or other necessities should be left at your door for contactless delivery.
  • Only go outside on a private balcony or yard while respecting physical distancing from other household members.
  • Use a separate bedroom and bathroom.
  • You may only use a shared bathroom if permitted by a quarantine officer and in accordance with additional instructions provided.
  • Practise physical distancing of at least 2 metres at all times.
  • Respond to calls or visits from screening officers or law enforcement.
  • Follow guidelines from local public health. If there is a conflict between public health and this handout, follow the strictest measure.

Do not

  • Do not use shared spaces such as lobbies, courtyards, restaurants, gyms or pools.
  • Do not have any visits from family, friends, or other guests.
  • Do not leave your place of isolation except for an essential medical service or treatment, to obtain a COVID-19 molecular test, or as authorized by a quarantine officer.
    • If you must seek medical care, do:
      • wear a medical mask
      • use a private vehicle, and do not take public transportation

Public health authorities

Provinces and territories Telephone number Website
British Columbia 811
Alberta 811
Saskatchewan 811


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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