Transit through Canada including to and from Alaska

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Transit to another country by air

You may be permitted to transit through Canada to reach another country. You must make your travel arrangements well in advance if you are transiting through Canada.

While travelling

You must follow all flight requirements and comply with any guidelines provided by the Airport Authority.

Boarding flights to and within Canada

During your connection at the Canadian airport

You must remain in the secure transit area to complete your connection. This means that you won’t be allowed to collect your baggage, or check-in for your next flight anywhere but at your scheduled gate of departure.

You’re exempt from testing and quarantine requirements, as long as you remain in the secure transit area to complete your connection within 24 hours.

If you want to leave the secure transit area due to a flight cancellation or delay, you must be eligible to enter Canada.

Find out if you can enter Canada

Driving to or from Alaska through Canada

If you don’t qualify for the fully vaccinated exemption, you can’t transit through Canada to or from Alaska by land for discretionary purposes, such as a vacation or leisure.

Check if you qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption

If you don’t qualify for the fully vaccinated exemption

When seeking entry to Canada, you will be subject to strict entry conditions and public health requirements. You will need to have proof that your entry into Canada is not discretionary, such as:

You must provide proof of a valid pre-entry test result to enter Canada.

Habitual residents of Alaska who drive through Yukon or British Columbia to get to another part of Alaska or return to their place of residence are exempt from pre-entry and arrival testing. You must remain in your vehicle while passing through Canada.

Arrival testing at the border

When entering Canada at a land border crossing, you may be given a self-swab kit to do your arrival test.

COVID-19 self-swab kit

Going south: You may use any land border crossing

Entry into Canada from Alaska on the northern border is not limited to a specific border crossing.

Going north and driving through Yukon: Specific land border crossings you must use

When travelling from the lower 48 states en route to Alaska, you must enter Canada at one of the 5 identified land border crossings.

  1. Abbotsford-Huntingdon, British Columbia
  2. Kingsgate, British Columbia
  3. Osoyoos, British Columbia
  4. Coutts, Alberta
  5. North Portal, Saskatchewan

When you arrive at one of the 5 land border crossings, you must prove to a border services officer that you meet the requirements for entry into Canada.

Your vehicle tag

You will be issued a vehicle hang tag that you must attach to your rear view mirror for the duration of your trip to or from Alaska.

The front of the tag will make it clear that you are transiting through Canada, and it will include the date that you must depart.

The back of the tag will remind you to comply with all conditions of entry, and list public health and safety measures you must follow.

Follow a designated route from the land border crossing.

While in transit to your destination

You must follow the advice given to you by the border services officer to:

You are encouraged to use only those services that are open to travellers along the direct route that you are travelling.

Reporting requirement when you leave Canada

Before re-entering the U.S., you must report to the nearest Canada Border Services Agency land border crossing to confirm that you are leaving Canada.

Driving through Canada

If you don’t qualify as fully vaccinated, you can’t drive through Canada to or from the United States by land for discretionary purposes, such as a vacation or leisure.

Some travellers may be allowed to enter Canada under certain circumstances, including if they are cross-border workers or live in remote communities.

Check if you qualify as fully vaccinated

If you qualify as fully vaccinated and enter Canada, you may be selected for a mandatory arrival test.

You must use ArriveCAN within 72 hours before your arrival to Canada.

Transiting and cruising through Canadian waters

For all rules applicable to people travelling by marine: Reporting requirements for boaters

Penalties and fines for not following the Emergency Order

Entry screening

All travellers must meet strict requirements to prevent further transmission of COVID-19 and its variants into Canada.

You will be assessed, regardless of citizenship, upon arrival to Canada. Entry screening is part of a multi-layered government response strategy.

When you arrive in Canada, a border services officer will ask you:

Officers will look for signs of illness, regardless of how you respond to screening questions. They will refer any traveller they suspect is ill for a further medical assessment by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Service hours for border crossings

Consult the service hours for:

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