BORDER STATUS Canada

Latest information on travel bans during COVID-19

Canada

Borders of Canada are temporarily closed: for people arriving from the USA until 21 March 2021, for people arriving from other places until 21 April 2021.

These passengers are allowed to enter if they arrive from a country other than the USA:

  • people asymptomatic for COVID-19 and travel for a non-optional or non-discretionary purpose. They must be one of the 24 classes of persons in section 3 (1) of the Order in Council OIC 2020-0796;
  • people asymptomatic for COVID-19 who are the subject of a National Interest Exemption Letter issued by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration or the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

These passengers are allowed to enter even if they arrive from the USA:

  • citizens and permanent residents of Canada;
  • people asymptomatic for COVID-19 and travel for a non-optional or non-discretionary purpose. They must comply with the requirement to quarantine based on their purpose of travel and intended length of stay if required;
  • close family members of a citizen or a permanent resident of Canada asymptomatic for COVID-19. They must prove that they travel to be with their close family member and intend to stay for at least 15 days;
  • extended family members of a citizen or a permanent resident of Canada asymptomatic for COVID-19. They must prove that they travel to be with their close family member and intend to stay for at least 15 days. They must have a statutory declaration signed by the Canadian citizen or permanent resident attesting to the relationship and a letter issued by IRCC;
  • people asymptomatic for COVID-19 who enter on Compassionate Grounds with a letter issued by PHAC;
  • people asymptomatic for COVID-19 who enter for the purpose of an International Single Sport Event with a letter issued by the Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage (PCH).

Passengers must arrive at Calgary (YYC), Montreal (YUL), Toronto (YYZ) or Vancouver (YVR). 

This doesn’t apply to those arriving on direct flights from St. Pierre and Miquelon.

Arriving people must stay under quarantine for 14 days. Certain persons are exempt from the mandatory quarantine requirement of the Order when entering Canada for the purposes of performing an essential job or function. 

You can get more information on the website 

 

 

Arriving people must submit their travel information before boarding through the ArriveCAN app or the website 

 

Arriving people must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR, RT-PCR, Nucleic-acid Amplification Test (NAAT), LAMP or RT-LAMP test result of a test taken not more than 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to Canada.

 

This doesn’t apply to:

  • children under 5;
  • holders of a medical certificate with a positive COVID-19 PCR, RT-PCR, Nucleic-acid Amplification Test (NAAT), LAMP or RT-LAMP test result of a test taken at least 14 days and at most 90 days before departure of the last direct flight to Canada.

Arriving people are subject to a COVID-19 molecular test upon arrival and another test during the quarantine.

 

This doesn’t apply to:

  • holders of a medical certificate with a positive COVID-19 PCR, RT-PCR, Nucleic-acid Amplification Test (NAAT), LAMP or RT-LAMP test result of a test taken at least 14 days and at most 90 days before departure of the last direct flight to Canada;
  • residents of Point Roberts in Washington in the USA entering Canada to return to their place of residence.

Arriving people must have a confirmed hotel reservation for 3 nights. The booking can be made here

 

More information about the test and hotel quarantine can be found here


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