Flying to Canada requirements checklist
Alternative: Driving to Canada checklist
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we strongly advise Canadians to cancel or postpone non-essential travel plans outside of Canada. Now is not the time to travel.
People who travel by air, regardless of citizenship, will need to follow testing and quarantine requirements to keep Canadians safe, particularly given the new COVID-19 variants in Canada and around the world.
International travellers flying through Canada may not need to follow this checklist. See transit to another country by air.
On this page
- Before you travel
- Boarding your flight
- Arriving in Canada
- Completing your hotel stopover
- Completing your full quarantine
- Testing and quarantine exemptions
Before you travel
The COVID-19 pandemic restricts travel to Canada and within Canada. It is essential to understand and comply with the requirements.Find out if you can enter Canada
To enter Canada by air, work your way through every step to understand how to plan and prepare. Each step has specific requirements and exemptions that will follow through to later stages of your travel.
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 10 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.
Testing and quarantine exemptions
There are no exceptions for vaccinated travellers, at this time.
If you think you may be exempt from mandatory requirements, check the details for:
- Who is exempt from quarantine
- Who is exempt from pre-entry testing
- Who is exempt from arrival testing
- Who is exempt from the hotel stop over
Requirements if exempt from quarantine
There are strict requirements you must follow even if you are exempt from quarantine. You must:
- wear a mask at all times when in public spaces
- maintain a list of all close contacts for your first 14 days in Canada
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