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

Updated: June 18, 2021


Original publication: March 14, 2020

The Public Health Agency of Canada is continuing to advise travellers to avoid 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.

Understand requirements as you plan travel

Canadians who must travel abroad should plan how they'll meet Canada's travel requirements upon their return, and make plans for the possibility of needing to extend their stay at their destination. Travellers who are authorized to enter Canada must follow all testing, quarantine and reporting requirements.

Work your way through the checklist to understand the requirements:
Driving to Canada requirements checklist
Flying to Canada requirements checklist

Before you travel

Do not travel if you:

If you're 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.

Returning 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.

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

To learn more about boarding requirements:

Boarding flights to and within Canada

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 don't 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.

Work your way through the checklist to understand all of the requirements:

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.

Registration of Canadians Abroad

If you need assistance with a special circumstance

Contact the Public Health Agency of Canada
COVID-19 information line: 1-833-784-4397

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