COVID-19 Guidance for Travelers
Last updated: February 12, 2021
Guidance for Travelers
At this time, Destination Canada is committed to providing accurate information for travelers in Canada. In future, this information may also extend to travelers from outside of the country. We have consolidated links to sites about COVID-19 below, so you can easily access the resources you need to make informed travel decisions.
Find out if you can travel to Canada
Global Affairs Canada has launched a new tool, Travel Wizard, to help Canadian citizens and foreign nationals determine if they can travel to Canada by answering a few simple questions. Find out more here.
Government of Canada and WHO information
The Canada/U.S. border is closed to all non-essential travel, but remains open for the shipment of goods and key supplies. The latest border information is here.
- The latest Government of Canada information for travel is here.
- The latest World Health Organization (WHO) information is here.
Prevention and Planning
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is actively monitoring the current outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus). You can find preventative information here on the PHAC’s website or call the Health Canada COVID-19 information line at 1-833-784-4397 with further questions.
Travelers are encouraged to read the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) notices here.
For the latest official government of Canada updates on travel restrictions, please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) website.
Flights and Border Services
For travelers arriving to Canada by land, as of February 15, 2021, all travelers, with some exceptions, will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test result taken in the United States within 72 hours of pre-arrival, or a positive test taken 14 to 90 days prior to arrival. In addition, as of February 22, 2021, travelers entering Canada at the land border will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival as well as toward the end of their 14-day quarantine.
All travelers arriving to Canada by air, as of February 22, 2021, with some exceptions, will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test when they arrive in Canada before exiting the airport, and another toward the end of their 14-day quarantine period. With limited exceptions, air travelers, will also be required to reserve, prior to departure to Canada, a 3-night stay in a government-authorized hotel. Travelers will be able to book their government-authorized stay starting February 18, 2021. These new measures are in addition to existing mandatory pre-boarding and health requirements for air travelers.
Finally, at the same time on February 22, 2021, all travelers, whether arriving by land or air will be required to submit their travel and contact information, including a suitable quarantine plan, electronically via ArriveCAN before crossing the border or boarding a flight.
The Government of Canada continues to strongly advise Canadians to cancel or postpone any non-essential travel, including vacation plans, outside Canada. Foreign nationals should likewise postpone or cancel travel plans to Canada. Now is not the time to travel.
Effective April 20, 2020, all air passengers departing or arriving via any Canadian airport will be required to have a non-medical mask or face covering to cover their mouth and nose during travel. Learn more on the Transport Canada website.
- Information about procedures at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is here.
- Information about procedures at the Calgary International Airport (YYC) is here.
- Information about procedures at the Edmonton International Airport (YEG) is here.
- Information about procedures at Toronto’s Pearson airport (YYZ) is here.
- Information about procedures at Montreal’s Trudeau airport (YUL) is here.
- Air Canada (and Air Canada Rouge) has issued a response to COVID-19 here.
- WestJet has issued a response to COVID-19 here.
- Air Transat has issued a response to COVID-19 here.
- Swoop has issued a response to COVID-19 here.
- Porter has issued a response to COVID-19 here.
On May 29, 2020, the Government of Canada re-evaluated the cruise ship deferment. Cruise ships with a capacity of over 100 persons are not able to operate until October 31, 2020. All passenger vessels that may not fall into this categorization are required to follow provincial, territorial, local and regional health authority requirements to resume operation. For other specifics around passenger vessels carrying over 12 persons, Arctic coastal water restrictions or any other up-to-date information, visit the Transport Canada website.
If you had planned to travel to Canada as a part of a cruise, we urge you to contact your cruise line for the latest information on cancellations, changes, or other relevant information.
VIA Rail Canada is monitoring the situation and is posting their latest information here.
Rocky Mountaineer is monitoring the situation and is posting their latest information here.
The Hotel Association of Canada is updating their information here.
Events and Conferences
If you’re traveling to Canada for an upcoming conference or event, we recommend contacting your event organizer and host venue for the most up-to-date details.
Further information for our Business Events industry partners can be found here.
How to Stay Healthy
The World Health Organization recommends that individuals:
- Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
- When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and cough
- Anyone concerned that they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of the novel coronavirus, should contact their primary care provider, local public health office, or for non-emergency situations only, call 8-1-1, or for 7-1-1 for the deaf or hard of hearing.
- The Public Health Agency of Canada has a COVID-19 information line at: 1-833-784-4397.
- Call the Health Canada COVID-19 information line: 1-833-784-4397. Interpretation services are available in multiple languages. Or email: email@example.com
- Visit the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)’s website for the latest update on COVID-19.
- Follow Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, on Twitter: @CPHO_Canada