International Travel to Canada

Provided by: COVID-19: Travel and Isolation Regulations

Service Description

Due to COVID-19, temporary travel restrictions to Canada are in place.Current COVID-19 restrictions include non-essential travel such as tourism, recreation or entertainment. Some exemptions apply. Please see website for complete list of exemptions. Website lists information about processes for extended family members, compassionate reasons, international students, essential workers, and travellers from the United States and other countries.

Arriving By Land
Travellers must provide proof to border officials of a valid COVID-19 molecular test result taken in the U.S. within 72 hours prior to crossing the border. See website for exemptions and list of accepted types of molecular tests. Proof of vaccine does not replace a negative test result. Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 but continue to test positive must provide proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test conducted between 14-90 days prior to departure, instead of a negative COVID-19 test.

Arriving By Air
All travellers 5 years and older must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 laboratory test (PCR or LAMP) that was taken within 72 hours prior to a traveller's scheduled departure time. The negative result must be presented to the airline before boarding. Travellers will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test at the airport when arriving in Canada.

Most travellers entering Canada, including Canadians, MUST quarantine for 14 days if they have no symptoms or isolate for 14 days if they have symptoms. Exceptions may apply to those who cross the border regularly for work or provide essential services.

Upcoming changes: The federal government has announced that those entering Canada will have to isolate in a hotel for three days, at their expense (up to $2000), while awaiting a negative test result. Once a negative result is received, they can travel to their destination to continue the isolation period (they will be required to isolate for a full 14 days on arrival in PEI). If a positive test is received, they will be taken to a quarantine centre for the remainder of their isolation period. A second negative COVID-19 test will be required near the end of the 14 days. No date has been given for when this goes into effect.


Anyone displaying COVID-19 symptoms will be denied entry, regardless of reason for travel * Foreign nationals who are immediate family members of Canadian citizens or permanent residents can enter Canada from the United States or other countries (if they meet the outlined criteria) * See website for complete list of exemptions, restrictions, and criteria for entry into Canada
No fees
How to Access:
All land and air travellers whose final destination is Canada (not transit only through Canada) are required to submit their information electronically through ArriveCAN BEFORE boarding their flight. Required information includes travel and contact details, quarantine plan (unless meets exemption), and COVID-19 self-assessment. Travellers who do not submit their information prior to departure could be subject to enforcement action, which range from a verbal warning to $1,000 fine. Exceptions will be made for those who are unable to submit documents electronically due to personal circumstances, such as disability or inadequate infrastructure.Within 48 hrs of entering Canada, travellers must confirm they have arrived at their place of quarantine/self-isolation and must complete a daily COVID-19 self-assessment. Travellers who do not submit their information before entry to Canada, will be required to do this either through ArriveCAN or by calling 1-833-641-0343.
Documents Required:
ArriveCAN receipt * Proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test * Valid passport and travel documents
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