COVID-19 : Requirements for entry and after entry to Canada

Last update : September 7th, 2021

To limit the further spread of coronavirus in Canada, travel restrictions are in place across all border crossings.

Since July 5, 2021, there are exemptions for people who are allowed to enter Canada and who also meet specific conditions for fully vaccinated travellers.

Since August 9, American citizens and permanent residents of the United States, who currently reside in the U.S. and who qualify as fully vaccinated travellers, will be able to enter Canada for discretionary travel.

Since September 7, all other foreign nationals who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption are allowed to enter Canada for discretionary travel.

Travellers are no longer required to book a 3-night hotel stopover when entering Canada.

Pre-departure Test

All travellers 5 years of age or older, regardless of citizenship, must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result. 

There are no exceptions for vaccinated travellers, at this time.

You must:

  • take the test within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of your flight to Canada
  • provide one of the accepted types of tests, not an antigen test
  • keep proof of your test results for the 14-day period that begins on the day you enter Canada

If you have a connecting flight, the test must be conducted within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of your last direct flight to Canada. You may need to schedule the test in your transit city

ArriveCAN

All travellers are required to provide travel, contact and quarantine information upon and after entry into Canada.

All travellers, with limited exceptions, whether entering Canada by air or land, must use ArriveCAN. Travellers will need to submit the following information electronically before they board their flight or before arrival at a land border crossing:

ArriveCAN does not use GPS or other technology on your mobile phone to track your location. It uses only the information provided by the user.

The personal information provided through ArriveCAN is protected according to the Privacy Act. For more information, see the ArriveCAN privacy notice.

Test upon arrival and mandatory quarantine

Fully vaccinated travellers who qualify for certain exemptions may be exempt from : 

Fully vaccinated travellers are not exempt from : 

  • Using ArriveCan
  • Pre-arrival test

There are no changes to testing and quarantine requirements for other travellers who are not fully vaccinated but eligible to enter Canada. They are still subject to quarantine, all testing requirements (pre-arrival, upon arrival/day-1 and on day 8) and the mandatory submission of travel, contact and quarantine information via ArriveCAN.

If you’re not fully vaccinated or you do not meet the requirements for vaccinated travellers, you'll need to quarantine for 14 days or possibly longer.

On Day-8 of your mandatory quarantine, follow the instructions to complete your test. You must stay in your place of quarantine while you await the results from this test.

Once you are in Canada, please follow Ontario Public Health measures and restrictions.