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

Updated: October 05, 2021


Original publication: March 14, 2020

The Public Health Agency of Canada is continuing to advise travellers, regardless of their vaccination status, to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada.

If you must travel, it is recommended that all eligible travellers complete a COVID-19 vaccine series in Canada before travelling. Anyone who has not completed a vaccine series is at increased risk of being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 when travelling internationally.  Evidence indicates that vaccines are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. However, fully vaccinated travellers may still be at risk for getting and possibly spreading some COVID-19 variants.

Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic preferably at least 6 weeks before you travel.

All travellers need to pay close attention to the COVID-19 situation at their destination, including at the local level, before travelling. The COVID-19 situation can change rapidly.

The content on this page is provided as advice. The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your safety abroad.

Before you travel

Do not travel if you:

If you're well and must travel:

During your travel

Community transmission of COVID-19 continues in many countries, and new variants of concern have been identified and are circulating. This is why it is even more important to consistently use multiple personal preventive practices at the same time, regardless of your vaccination status. This is called a layered approach and it helps protect yourself and others.

The types of activities and actions you take while travelling will influence the likelihood of your exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.

Returning to Canada

Do not travel if you:

Ensure you've obtained a COVID-19 molecular test at your destination before returning to Canada.

Canadian entry requirements may change during your travel. Review the entry requirements and exemptions for your situation.

Travel requirements and exemptions

Air travellers are required to undergo a health check before boarding. If 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 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.

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.

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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