COVID-19: Entering Canada requirements checklist
Upcoming border changes
Fully vaccinated foreign nationals may be allowed to enter Canada for discretionary travel on the following dates if they meet specific criteria:
- Effective August 9: American citizens and permanent residents of the United States, who currently reside in the United States, who meet specific criteria to qualify as fully vaccinated
- September 7 (intended start date): All other foreign nationals who qualify as fully vaccinated
The 3-night hotel stopover requirement will be eliminated for all travellers arriving by air after 12:01 A.M. EDT on August 9.
On this page
- Planning your travel
- Fines and consequences
- Exemptions for testing and quarantine
Planning your travel
People who travel, regardless of citizenship, need to follow testing and quarantine requirements to keep Canadians safe, particularly given the COVID-19 variants in Canada and around the world.
The COVID-19 pandemic restricts travel to Canada and within Canada. It is essential to understand and comply with the requirements. Foreign nationals (including U.S. citizens) coming to Canada for non-essential reasons will be turned away at the border.Find out if you can enter Canada
If you are eligible to enter Canada, work your way through every step in your checklist to understand how to plan and prepare. Each step has specific requirements and exemptions that will follow through to later stages of your travel.
Checklists of requirements
Fully vaccinated traveller exemption checklist
Starting July 5, 2021, fully vaccinated travellers who are permitted to enter Canada may be exempted from the federal requirements to:
- quarantine, including the government-authorized hotel for air travellers, and
- complete a day-8 test
Final determination regarding this exemption is made by a government representative at the border based on the information presented at the time of entry into Canada.
Travellers who crossed the border before July 5, 2021 do not qualify for the exemption.
Before you travel
Use the same email address for all of your entry requirements, where applicable (that is, when registering for COVID-19 testing upon arrival and creating your ArriveCAN account).
Arriving in Canada
Have the following items with you for assessment by a government official at the border:
If you meet the requirements and are exempt from quarantine, you may travel on by air or land to your destination.
- follow local public health measures
- wear a mask while in public for 14 days
- maintain a list of all close contacts for your first 14 days in Canada
- keep copies of your proof of vaccination for 14 days
Flying checklist (if you're not eligible for fully vaccinated traveller exemption)
International travellers transitting through Canada may not need to follow this checklist. See transit to another country by air.
Use the same email address for all of your entry requirements, where applicable (i.e., when registering for COVID-19 testing upon arrival and booking a government-approved hotel).
Airports open to international arrivals and departures
International passenger flights arrive and depart at the following four Canadian airports:
- Calgary International Airport
- Montréal-Trudeau International Airport
- Toronto Pearson International Airport
- Vancouver International Airport
Private/Business and charter flights from all countries are required to land at the four airports. Flights from Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon and cargo-only flights remain exempt.
Boarding your flight
Arriving in Canada
Completing your hotel stopover
The timing of your departure from the hotel to the place you will complete the rest of your quarantine period depends on the results of your arrival test.
Completing your full quarantine
On day 8 of your quarantine, you will take another test, following the instructions provided to you. You must stay in your place of quarantine while you await the results from this test.
Driving checklist (if you're not eligible for fully vaccinated traveller exemption)
Arriving in Canada at a land border crossing
Completing your mandatory quarantine
Driving through Canada to or from Alaska
Alaska travellers must meet the pre-entry and arrival requirements on this checklist, and meet strict entry conditions.
Requirements for entering Canada by private boat
You currently cannot enter Canadian waters for optional reasons, such as:
- pleasure fishing
- visits to cottages/vacation homes across the border
You must report to the Canada Border Services Agency if:
- your vessel lands on Canadian soil at any point
- your vessel anchors, moors or comes alongside another vessel in Canadian waters
- anyone onboard disembarks in Canada
For more information on reporting and border clearance, consult:
Reporting requirements for private boaters
Fines and consequences
You are under a legal obligation to meet the testing and entry requirements. Failure to comply with any requirements or providing false information may result in fines, penalties or imprisonment.
Exemptions for testing and quarantine
If you think you may be exempt from mandatory requirements:
Find out if your travel is exempt
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