COVID-19 and travel: Exemptions from testing and quarantine

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.

Travellers entering Canada, regardless of citizenship, must follow testing and quarantine requirements to keep everyone safe. Under certain conditions, you may be exempt from some requirements.

Use this page to find out if your travel may be exempt from specific requirements when you enter Canada.

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All eligible vaccinated travellers

Fully vaccinated travellers who are eligible to enter Canada are exempt from some requirements if they meet certain conditions.

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Pre-entry test required
Arrival test required
Exempt from Day-8 test
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Children or dependents who are not fully vaccinated

Children under the age of 18, or dependent adults, who are not fully vaccinated and who are accompanied by travellers who qualify for the fully vaccinated exemption

Pre-entry test required
Arrival test required
Day-8 test required
Quarantine required
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Amateur sports

A person who enters Canada to take part in an international single sport event that has been authorized by the Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage (a high-performance athlete or someone engaged in an essential role in relation to that event, affiliated with a national organization responsible for that sport), as long as the person complies with any conditions imposed on them to minimize the risk of introduction or spread of COVID-19

Pre-entry test required
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Children, family, pets

Children who are under 5 years of age

These exemptions apply only to the child, not to the parents, guardians or family travelling together. Children who are 5 on the day of their travel must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

Exempt from pre-entry test
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Quarantine required
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Unaccompanied minors (under the age of 18)

A government representative will provide further instruction on arrival for testing.

Pre-entry test required
Alternative arrival testing protocols
Quarantine required
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Cross-border custody arrangements - arriving by land

  • A dependent child who enters Canada under the terms of a written agreement or court order regarding custody, access or parenting
  • A driver of a vehicle who enters Canada to drop off or pick up a dependent child under the terms of a written agreement or court order regarding custody, access or parenting, as long as the driver only leaves the vehicle while in Canada, if at all, to escort the dependent child to or from the vehicle and they wear a mask while outside the vehicle
  • A driver of a vehicle who enters Canada after dropping off or picking up a dependent child under the terms of a written agreement or court order regarding custody, access or parenting, as long as the driver only left the vehicle while outside Canada, if at all, to escort the dependent child to or from the vehicle and they wore a mask while outside the vehicle

Exempt from pre-entry test
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Cross-border custody arrangements - arriving by air

A dependent child who enters Canada under the terms of a written agreement or court order regarding custody, access or parenting

Pre-entry test required (except for children 4 years of age or younger)
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Pets, families and dietary restrictions

There are some exemptions for eligible fully vaccinated travellers who are travelling with unvaccinated children.

Travelling with children or dependents who are not fully vaccinated

There are no special exemptions for people travelling:

  • with pets
  • as a family
  • who have dietary restrictions

Air travellers: visit the hotel websites to see which options suit your needs, including accessibility, pets and dietary restrictions.

Government authorized hotel websites

Pre-entry test required
Arrival test required
Day-8 test required
Quarantine required
Hotel stopover required (air travellers)

Crew members and armed forces

Crew members

Crew members that cross the border while performing their duties or for the immediate purpose of performing their duties

  • A crew member as defined in subsection 101.01(1) of the Canadian Aviation Regulations or a person who enters Canada only to become such a crew member
  • A member of a crew as defined in subsection 3(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations or a person who enters Canada only to become such a crew member

Exempt from pre-entry test
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Crew members re-entering after training

Members of a crew for any conveyance who are re-entering Canada after having left to undertake mandatory training relating to the operation of a conveyance

Exempt from pre-entry test
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Quarantine required (unless required by their employer to return to work as members of a crew on a conveyance within 14 days of their return to Canada)
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Canadian Forces

A member of the Canadian Forces who enters Canada for the purpose of performing their duties

Exempt from pre-entry test
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Visiting forces

A member of a visiting force as defined in section 2 of the Visiting Forces Act, who enters Canada for the purpose of performing their duties as a member of those forces

Pre-entry test required
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Visiting force air crew

Visiting force air crew entering Canada for the purpose of performing mission-essential duties as a member of that force

Exempt from pre-entry test
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Cross-border workers and trans-border communities

Includes remote cross-border and geographically conststrained communities

Frequent cross-border workers

Persons who must cross the border regularly (daily, weekly, or rotational schedule) to go to or return from their normal place of employment (i.e., same company, same work site), provided they do not directly care for persons 65 years of age or older within the first 14 days after their entry to Canada.

Note: Occasional travel to attend meetings or other work-related activities does not meet this exemption.

Exempt from pre-entry test
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Integrated trans-border community

A person who enters Canada within the boundaries of an integrated transborder community that exists on both sides of the Canada-United States border and who is a habitual resident of that community, if entering Canada is necessary for carrying out an everyday function within that community; such as buying groceries or gas when the community access is in Canada, such as the Akwesasne community.

Exempt from pre-entry test
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Residents of specific border communities

A habitual resident of:

  • Alaska who enters Canada via Yukon to get to another place in Alaska, or to return to their place of residence as long as they remain in their vehicle while passing through Canada
  • Northwest Angle, Minnesota who enters Canada to transit through to mainland USA or return to their place of residence as long as they remain in their vehicle while passing through Canada
  • Point Roberts, Washington transiting through Canada to return to their habitual residence or to access the mainland United States

Exempt from pre-entry test
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Quarantine required while in transit
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

A habitual resident of:

  • Campobello Island, New Brunswick who enters Canada after having entered the United States only to access necessities of life from the closest American community where such necessities of life are available
  • Hyder, Alaska who enters Canada only to access necessities of life from the closest Canadian community where such necessities of life are available
  • Northwest Angle, Minnesota who enters Canada only to access necessities of life or to transit through from the closest Canadian community where such necessities of life are available
  • Stewart, British Columbia who enters Canada after having entered the United States only to access necessities of life from the closest American community where such necessities of life are available

Exempt from pre-entry test
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Returning to habitual place of residence in Canada

A person who enters Canada if the entry is necessary to return to their habitual place of residence in Canada after carrying out an everyday function (such as getting groceries, going to work, or seeing a doctor) that, due to geographical constraints, must involve entering the United States.

Exempt from pre-entry test
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Denied entry - turned back

Air traveller denied entry to another country

Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and persons registered under the Indian Act, who were denied entry to a country or territory and who must subsequently board a flight destined to Canada (direct back)

Exempt from pre-entry test
Arrival test required
Day-8 test required
Quarantine required
Hotel stopover required

Land border crossing

A person who enters Canada in a vehicle at a land border crossing in the following circumstances, as long as the person or passengers remained in the vehicle while outside Canada:

  • the person was denied entry to the United States at the land border crossing
    or
  • the person entered the territory of the United States but did not seek legal entry to the United States at the land border crossing

Exempt from pre-entry test
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Diplomatic visas

Diplomatic or consular couriers

Diplomatic, official and courtesy visas - an accredited person and a person holding a D-1, O-1, or C-1 visa entering Canada to take up a post and become an accredited person, and immediate family members of those persons

Pre-entry test required
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Quarantine required
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Drivers - Essential services

Persons in the trade or transportation sector who are important for the movement of goods or people, including truck drivers, who cross the border while performing their duties or for the purpose of performing their duties

Exempt from pre-entry test
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Essential services - trade, technicians, emergency...

Essential service providers as determined by the Chief Public Health Officer:

Trade and transportation

Persons in the trade or transportation sector who are important for the movement of goods or people, including truck drivers and crew members on any aircraft, shipping vessel or train, and that cross the border while performing their duties or for the purpose of performing their duties

Exempt from pre-entry test
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Technicians or specialists

Technicians or specialists specified by a government, manufacturer, or company, who enter Canada as required for the purpose of maintaining, repairing, installing or inspecting equipment necessary to support critical infrastructure (Energy and Utilities, Information and Communication Technologies, Finance, Health, Food, Water, Transportation, Safety, Government and Manufacturing) and are required to provide their services within 14 days of their entry to Canada and have reasonable rationales for the immediacy of the work and the inability to plan for a 14 day quarantine

Pre-entry test required
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Emergency services

  • Firefighters, peace officers, and paramedics, who return from providing such services in another country and are required to provide their services within 14 days of their return to Canada
  • Persons permitted to work in Canada under paragraph 186(t) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations who enter for the purpose of providing those services

Exempt from pre-entry test
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Law enforcement, border enforcement, immigration enforcement, or correctional officers

  • Employees of the Government of Canada or a foreign government, including border services officers, immigration enforcement officers, law enforcement and correctional officers, who are escorting individuals travelling to Canada or from Canada pursuant to a legal process such as deportation, extradition or international transfer of offenders
  • Officials of the Government of Canada, a provincial or a foreign government, including law enforcement, border enforcement, and immigration enforcement officers, who enter Canada for the purposes of law, border or immigration enforcement, or national security activities that support active investigations, ensure continuity of enforcement operations or activities, or transfer information or evidence pursuant to, or in support, of a legal process, and who are required to provide their services within 14 days of entry and have reasonable rationales for the immediacy of the work and the inability to plan for a 14 day quarantine

Exempt from pre-entry test
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Canadian Forces

A member of the Canadian Forces who enters Canada for the purpose of performing their duties

Exempt from pre-entry test
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Commercial or research fishing vessels

A person, including a captain, deckhand, observer, inspector, scientist and any other person supporting commercial or research fishing-related activities, who enters Canada aboard a Canadian fishing vessel or a foreign fishing vessel, as defined in subsection 2(1) of the Coastal Fisheries Protection Act, for the purpose of carrying out fishing or fishing-related activities

Exempt from pre-entry test
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Open water aquaculture-related activities

Persons, including a captain, deckhand, observer, inspector, scientist, veterinarian and any other person supporting commercial or research open water aquaculture-related activities, who enter Canada for the purpose of carrying out aquaculture-related activities, including fishing, transporting fish to and from the aquaculture facility, treating fish for pests or pathogens, repairs, provisioning of aquaculture-related vessels or aquaculture facilities or exchange of crew and who proceed directly to an open water facility or vessel upon entry to Canada

Exempt from pre-entry test
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Repatriating human remains

Commercial conveyance operators repatriating human remains into Canada

Pre-entry test required
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Vessels engaged in research

A person who seeks to enter Canada on board a vessel, as defined in section 2 of the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, that is engaged in research and that is operated by or under the authority of the Government of Canada or at its request or operated by a provincial government, a local authority or a government, council or other entity authorized to act on behalf of an Indigenous group, as long as the person remains onboard the vessel

Exempt from pre-entry test
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Funerals, compassionate travel and caring for others

Entering Canada for compassionate reasons

If you are granted compassionate entry, to be present during the final moments of a loved one’s life, provide care or support to someone or attend a funeral or end-of-life ceremony.

Pre-entry test required
Arrival test required
Day-8 test required
Quarantine required
Hotel stopover required

Entering Canada for compassionate reasons – With limited release from quarantine

You can apply for limited release from quarantine to be present during the final moments of a loved one’s life, provide care or support for someone or attend a funeral or end-of-life ceremony. Service standard for a response is 7 business days.

Pre-entry test required
Arrival test required
Day-8 test required
Quarantine required other than for your limited release for compassionate reasons
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Residents of Canada returning from compassionate travel

If you are flying home after travelling abroad for compassionate reasons, you can apply for an exemption from the mandatory 3-day hotel stopover. Service standard for a response is 10 business days.

Pre-entry test required
Arrival test required
Day-8 test required
Quarantine required
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Caregivers and support people

Caregivers and support people travelling with someone 18 years of age or older who requires support because of their mental or physical conditions.

Pre-entry test required
Arrival test required
Day-8 test required
Quarantine required
Hotel stopover required

Medical and health care

Health care practitioners

A licensed health care practitioner with proof of employment in Canada who enters for the purpose of performing their duties as a licensed health practitioner, as long as they do not directly care for persons 65 years of age or older within the 14-day period that begins on the day on which they enter Canada

Note: being required to work within the 14-day period is not sufficient grounds to qualify for this exemption in the majority of situations. Health care practitioners should be planning for quarantine. Travellers must reasonably demonstrate to government representatives at the port of entry that their services are urgently required (e.g., a letter of support from their employer).

Pre-entry test required
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Leave for medical treatment and return to Canada

Persons who must leave and return to Canada to receive essential medical services in another country.

This is not intended for individuals who want to get vaccinated for COVID-19. It’s intended for Canadians who require essential medical treatment (for example, life-saving treatment) outside of Canada. One person may accompany them. They must have:

  • written evidence from a licensed health care practitioner in Canada indicating services or treatments outside Canada are essential;
    and
  • written evidence from a licensed health care practitioner in the foreign country indicating services or treatments were provided in that country

Exempt from pre-entry test
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Enter Canada to receive medical treatment

A person who enters Canada for the purpose of receiving essential medical services or treatments within 36 hours of entering Canada, other than services or treatments related to COVID-19 as long as they remain under medical supervision for the 14-day period that begins on the day on which they enter Canada

Pre-entry test required
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Medical evacuation

Persons who boarded a medical evacuation flight for medical purposes if the urgency of the medical situation does not permit a COVID-19 molecular test to be administered to the person before boarding the aircraft for the flight to Canada

Exempt from pre-entry test
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Quarantine required
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Student in a health field

A person permitted to work in Canada as a student in a health field under paragraph 186(p) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations who enters Canada for the purpose of performing their duties as a student in the health field, as long as they do not directly care for persons 65 years of age or older within the 14-day period that begins on the day on which the person enters Canada

Pre-entry test required
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Medical services, transport or deliveries

A person who enters Canada for the purpose of providing medical care, transporting or collecting essential medical equipment, supplies or means of treatment, or delivering, maintaining or repairing medically-necessary equipment or devices, as long as they do not directly care for persons 65 years of age or older within the 14-day period that begins on the day on which the person enters Canada

Pre-entry test required
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

People who require support for mental or physical conditions

A person travelling alone

A person travelling alone (18 years of age or older) who is dependent on someone else for care or support for their mental or physical conditions.

Note: A person travelling with their support person or caregiver is not exempt from the mandatory hotel stopover. A traveller may be accompanied during their flight and qualify for this exemption as long as they will not be accompanied in the mandatory hotel stopover.

Pre-entry test required
Arrival test required
Day-8 test required
Quarantine required
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Recently recovered from COVID-19

Persons recovered from COVID-19 must have proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test taken between 14 to 90 days before travel

Exempt from pre-entry test
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Quarantine required
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Students, cross-border students and people driving them

International students or Canadians studying abroad

There are some exemptions for eligible fully vaccinated travellers who meet certain conditions.

Check if you qualify as fully vaccinated

A student who:

  • attends school regularly in another country and travels home to Canada occasionally, or at the end of a semester
  • permitted to enter Canada to study and live in Canada while they study at a Designated Learning Institution

Pre-entry test required
Arrival test required
Day-8 test required
Quarantine required
Hotel stopover required (air travellers)

Cross border students attending school in Canada

For students who live in the United States but study in Canada and don't stay overnight when they cross the border.

The student must:

  • be enrolled at an approved designated learning institution in Canada
  • travel to that institution regularly (one or more days a week)
  • only be entering Canada to go to that institution
    • At present, limited to British Columbia

Note: Occasional, seasonal or irregular travel does not qualify for this exemption.

Designated learning institution

Exempt from pre-entry test
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

The student's driver who:

  • is picking up the student who is exempt from quarantine
  • enters Canada only to drop off or pick up the student who is attending an approved designated learning institution in Canada
  • only leaves the vehicle to escort the student to or from the institution while in Canada
  • wears a well constructed, well fitted mask while outside the vehicle in Canada
  • is not staying overnight in Canada

Designated learning institution

Exempt from pre-entry test
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Examples:

  • You live in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan, U.S and cross daily to attend school in Sault Ste Marie,Ontario, Canada. Your parent drives you to school and picks you up every day. You are both exempt from pre-arrival testing, quarantine and arrival testing.
  • You attend school in British Columbia and stay in residence during the school week. You went home to the U.S. for the weekend and your parent drives you back to school. You and your parent are not exempt from testing or quarantine because you are not crossing the border regularly to attend school.

Cross border students attending school in the United States

For students who live in Canada but study in the United States and don't stay overnight when they cross the border.

The student must:

  • be enrolled at an educational institution in the United States
  • travel to that educational institution regularly (one or more days a week)
  • be entering Canada to return to their place of residence after attending that educational institution
  • not directly care for persons 65 years of age or older within the 14-day period beginning on the day they enter Canada

Note: Occasional, seasonal or irregular travel does not qualify for this exemption.

Exempt from pre-entry test
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

The student's driver who:

  • is picking up the student who is exempt from quarantine
  • enters Canada after dropping off or picking up the student at the educational institution in the United States where the student is enrolled
  • enters Canada to return to their place of residence
  • only leaves the vehicle while outside Canada to escort the student to or from the institution
  • wears a well constructed, well fitted mask while outside the vehicle
  • is not staying overnight in the United States

Exempt from pre-entry test
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Example:

  • You live in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada and cross daily to attend school in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan, U.S. Your parent drives you to school and picks you up every day. You are both exempt from pre-arrival testing, quarantine and arrival testing.

Student in a health field

A person permitted to work in Canada as a student in a health field under paragraph 186(p) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations who enters Canada for the purpose of performing their duties as a student in the health field, as long as they do not directly care for persons 65 years of age or older within the 14-day period that begins on the day on which the person enters Canada

Pre-entry test required
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Pre-entry test required
Arrival test required
Day-8 test required
Quarantine required
Hotel stopover required (except workers in exempt occupations, with conditions)

Workers in exempt occupations don't need to complete the 3-night hotel stopover if you:

  • don't have symptoms of COVID-19
    and
  • are travelling to your final place of quarantine in a private vehicle 
    and
  • are travelling only with those who arrived on the same flight with you

Instead, you may go directly to the location of your 14-day quarantine. This location is where you'll wait for the results of your COVID-19 test taken on arrival and on Day 8 of your quarantine.

You will be required to stay in a government-authorized hotel if you must take public transportation, such as a:

  • subway
  • public bus
  • connecting domestic flight

Exempt occupations

Primary agriculture:

  • 0821: Managers in agriculture
  • 0822: Managers in horticulture
  • 8252: Agricultural and related service agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
  • 8255: Landscaping and ground maintenance: contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services
  • 8431: General farm workers
  • 8432: Nursery and greenhouse workers
  • 8611: Harvesting labourers

Other agri-food occupations:

  • 6331: Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers (retail and wholesale)
  • 9461: Process control and machine operators, food, beverage and associated products processing
  • 9462: Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
  • 9463: Fish and seafood plant workers
  • 9617: Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing
  • 9618: Labourers in fish and seafood processing
Transit through Canada

Transiting passengers who are only flying through Canada to reach another country

For requirements, see Transit to another country by air

Exempt from pre-entry test
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Driving to or from Alaska through Canada

When seeking entry to Canada, you will be subject to strict entry conditions and public health requirements.

Pre-entry test required
Arrival test required
Exempt from Day-8 test
Quarantine required while you travel
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Habitual residents of Alaska who drive through Yukon

Habitual residents of Alaska who drive through Yukon 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.

Other special circumstances

By invitation

A person who enters Canada at the invitation of the Minister of Health for the purpose of assisting in the COVID-19 response

Pre-entry test required
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

National interest

A person or any person in a class of persons whose presence in Canada is determined by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration or the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness to be in the national interest, must comply with any conditions imposed on them by the relevant Minister to minimize the risk of introduction or spread of COVID-19.

A person or member of a group whose presence in Canada, as determined by the Minister of Health, is in the national interest, must comply with all conditions imposed on them by the Minister of Health to minimize the risk of introduction or spread of COVID-19.

Provincial and territorial projects

A person who, under an arrangement entered into between the Minister of Health and the minister responsible for health care in the province where the person enters Canada, is participating in a project to gather information to inform the development of quarantine requirements other than those set out in this Order, as long as the person complies with any conditions imposed on them by the Minister of Health to minimize the risk of introduction or spread of COVID-19

Pre-entry test required
Exempt from arrival test
Exempt from Day-8 test
Exempt from quarantine
Exempt from mandatory hotel stopover

Refugee Protection

Persons who enters Canada from the United States for the purpose of making a claim for refugee protection

Exempt from pre-entry test
Arrival test required
Day-8 test required
Quarantine required
Hotel stopover required (air travellers)

Extraordinary and unforeseen circumstances

  • Exigent hardship consular cases for Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons with status under the Indian Act, as determined by the Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Disaster response support as determined by the Minister of Transport or Minister of Public Safety

Exempt from pre-entry test
Arrival test required
Day-8 test required
Quarantine required
Hotel stopover required

For more information, go to the List of Acts and Regulations and look for information on the Quarantine Act, the Emergency Orders, and the Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO) Group Exemptions that may apply.

List of Acts and Regulations

For help interpreting the exemptions or if you have additional questions about the Emergency Order:

Contact the Public Health Agency COVID-19 information line

Requirements for exempt travellers

There are strict requirements you must follow even if you are exempt from quarantine.

You must:

Signs and symptoms of COVID-19

Although your reason for entering Canada may fall under an exemption, you may still have to follow certain provincial and territorial restrictions (which may include quarantine), depending on your destination.

Provincial and territorial travel restrictions

Crossing the border for work: documents you may need

It is the traveller’s responsibility to demonstrate that they are eligible to enter Canada, including if they qualify for an exemption from mandatory testing or quarantine measures.

Government representatives at the border use the information available at the time of entry to determine what instructions will be provided to a traveller regarding their public health obligations.

Travellers must meet the relevant criteria to be considered an essential service provider under the Emergency Orders. They may be exempt from the mandatory requirements if they meet the relevant criteria and they are entering for the purpose of that function. Travellers who are exempt from quarantine as essential service providers, are workers whose job is included in the Chief Public Health Officer Group Exemption list.

When you enter Canada, a government representative will ask questions and consider multiple factors, including supporting documents and your previous travel history. They may ask for:

  • your identification and proof of residence
  • confirmation of employment
  • confirmation of your normal place of employment
  • confirmation of your past travel history to establish a pattern of travel frequency
  • if required, demonstrated immediate nature of work required in Canada and why you are unable to quarantine for 14 days
  • documentation from your employer as to why the travel is required and how the travel meets one of the exemptions under the Emergency Order

Final determination for exemptions is made at the port of entry based on the information presented at the time of entry.

This information is based on the Orders in Council (OIC) in effect and is subject to change according to effective dates. For more information consult:
COVID-19 Emergency OIC's in effect

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