Pandemic COVID-19 all countries: avoid non-essential travel outside Canada

Updated: May 21, 2021


Original publication: March 14, 2020

The Public Health Agency of Canada is continuing to advise travellers to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada.

The Public Health Agency of Canada is advising extra caution if you must travel. Variants of the virus causing COVID-19 are under investigation in many countries, and it is expected that these variants will be reported in more countries as time goes on. The Public Health Agency of Canada is closely monitoring the situation and working with its international partners including the WHO to better understand these variants and their impacts.


Before you travel:

Do not travel if you:

If you are well and must travel:

During your travel:

Use multiple personal preventive practices at once (i.e., a layered approach) to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. With the increased circulation of some variants of concern that can spread more easily, it is even more important that you strictly follow recommended personal preventive practices:

Travelling back to Canada:

Do not travel if you:

Air travellers are required to undergo a health check prior to boarding. In the event that the air operator observes that the air traveller has COVID-19 symptoms, the air operator will be required to refuse to board the person for travel for a period of 14 days or until a medical certificate is presented that confirms that the symptoms that the person is exhibiting are not related to COVID-19.

If flying to Canada as a final destination, all travellers including Canadians must use ArriveCAN before they board their flight to Canada to submit their:

Measures requiring all air passengers to have a well-constructed, well-fitting and properly worn non-medical mask to cover their mouth, nose, and chin during travel are in effect. Some airlines may conduct a temperature check prior to boarding.

If you do not have a well-constructed, well-fitting and properly worn non-medical mask, you won't be allowed to enter the restricted areas of the airport and continue with your journey.

When travelling by air, travellers will be asked to properly wear a well-constructed, well-fitting non-medical mask:

If you feel sick or experience any symptoms of COVID-19 during your flight to Canada or upon arrival, you must inform the flight attendant or a Government of Canada screening or quarantine officer immediately.

If you do not have symptoms but believe you were exposed to someone with COVID-19, report this information to a screening or quarantine officer on arrival in Canada. This is required under the Quarantine Act. The screening or quarantine officer will provide instructions for you to follow.

Upon arrival in Canada:

The Government of Canada has put in place an Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act that applies to all travellers arriving in Canada. The purpose of this Order is to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19 in Canada.

Compliance with this Order is subject to verification and enforcement. Those in violation may face detention in a quarantine facility as well as fines and/or imprisonment.

Upon arrival in Canada, you MUST:

As the continued global movement of goods and people and the ongoing delivery of essential services will be important for Canada's response to COVID-19, there are some exemptions to the order to quarantine for classes of travellers who perform an essential job or function.

If you don't have symptoms of COVID-19 and you're a member of one of the classes of persons listed in the mandatory isolation order as exempt from federal quarantine requirements, you are still required to respect the intent of the order in addition to any provincial and local requirements.

Some provinces and territories have additional travel restrictions.

Some examples of additional travel restrictions may include:

Please refer to the list of provincial and territorial websites for more information.

Registration of Canadians Abroad

Sign up with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service to stay connected with the Government of Canada in case of an emergency abroad or an emergency at home.

Government of Canada COVID-19 information line: 1-833-784-4397

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