COVID-19 and International Travel


Level 2 - Practise enhanced health precautions (more details)



Updated: April 06, 2022

Note

The Public Health Agency of Canada is advising travellers to practise enhanced health precautions when travelling internationally.

COVID-19 continues to circulate in Canada and internationally. The COVID-19 situation at your destination can change rapidly and can vary considerably from one destination to another, and even between regions within a country.

The virus that causes COVID-19 continues to change over time and new variants will appear. Remain vigilant and take measures to protect yourself and limit the spread to others.

Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic preferably at least 6 weeks before you travel. Discuss which travel vaccinations may be right for you.

Anyone who has not completed a COVID-19 vaccine series should continue to avoid non-essential travel to all destinations. If you must travel, consider delaying your plans until you're fully vaccinated.

All eligible travellers should complete a COVID-19 vaccine series along with any additional recommended doses in Canada, at least 14 days before travelling.

  • COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. They can also provide some protection against infection with the virus that causes COVID-19.

Monitor and review Canada's entry requirements before and during your travel as they may change, with implications for your re-entry into Canada. 

During your travel, destinations you are visiting may enforce strict lockdowns and/or limits on outgoing travel. You may also be subject to your destination's infection-management procedures, such as isolation, should you get COVID-19 while abroad. You may have limited access to timely and appropriate health care should you become ill.

The content on this page is provided as advice and will continue to be re-evaluated based on the evolving situation in Canada and other countries. The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your safety abroad and travel arrangements to return home.

Before you travel

Do not travel if you:

  • currently have symptoms of COVID-19, even if mild
  • are in COVID-19 related quarantine or isolation 
  • have tested positive or had symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 10 days
  • are waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test
  • have been in close contact with someone who has or is suspected to have COVID-19

If you are well and decide to travel:

  • Check for COVID-19 testing and vaccination requirements, as well as other entry requirements for your destination. Information on these requirements can be found on the Entry/exit requirements tab of your destination page:

Travel Advice and Advisories

  • Monitor the COVID-19 situation at your destination in the days before travelling.
  • Make sure you meet the requirements to board a flight in Canada if flying.
  • Review Canada's entry requirements and exemptions for your return
  • Find the contact information for the Canadian embassy or consulate closest to your destination and keep the information with you, in case:
    • there is an unforeseen lockdown, or
    • local health services become overwhelmed
  • Consider the availability and potentially high cost of adequate medical services in your destination, should you become ill.
  • Check with your travel insurance provider and make sure you're covered for:
    • COVID-19-related medical expenses
    • other non-COVID-19 emergency-related expenses
    • trip interruption
  • Plan for delays to your return home, including the financial implications and the practical arrangements (e.g. flight re-booking, extended accommodations at the destination etc.) you may need to make.

During your travel

  • Stay informed of the local COVID-19 situation and follow local COVID-19 public health advice and regulations.
  • Know where to access medical care, including a COVID-19 test.
  • Consistently follow individual public health measures, regardless of your vaccination status. These measures are most effective when layered together along with vaccination.
  • Follow local public health advice on when you should wear a mask. Even if masks aren't required in your area or the setting you're in, wearing a high quality, well fitted mask is an added layer of protection.
    • Whether you're vaccinated or not, you should consider wearing one in shared spaces with people from outside of your immediate household.
  • Physical distancing may be required or recommended in public settings and is advised when in shared spaces with people you don't live with.
  • Wash your hands often with soap under warm running water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water are not available. It's a good idea to always keep some with you when you travel.
  • When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with your arm to reduce the spread of germs.
    • If you use a tissue, dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands afterwards.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

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

  • Avoid high-risk activities, such as visiting crowded indoor or outdoor settings. Examples include:
    • large live performances
    • busy bars or sports events
    • travel in crowded and closed-in and/or poorly ventilated forms of transportation (e.g., a local bus/minibus)
  • Consider selecting activities and forms of transportation where proof of vaccination is required
  • Use caution in closed spaces and crowded places when with people from outside of your immediate household or travel group. When possible improve indoor air quality in shared spaces by opening windows and doors when it is safe to do so and as weather permits.

Returning to Canada

Do not travel if you:

  • become sick with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, even if mild, before your planned return to Canada
  • have been asked to quarantine or isolate due to COVID-19
  • have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 10 days
  • are waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test
  • have been in close contact with someone who has or is suspected to have COVID-19

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

Travel requirements and exemptions

To learn more about boarding requirements check boarding flights and trains in 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.

Information for Health Care Professionals

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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