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

Last update : December 30, 2021

Effective December 15, 2021: the government of Canada recommends avoiding non-essential travel outside Canada, regardless of your vaccination status.

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

Foreign nationals who don't qualify as fully vaccinated will only be allowed to enter in specific circumstances.

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 quarantine

Upon entry to Canada by air or at a land border crossing, the border services officer may notify travellers that they have been randomly selected for a mandatory arrival test. Fully vaccinated travellers are not exempt from mandatory randomized arrival testing.

If you are randomly selected for a mandatory arrival test, you:

  • must take the arrival test as directed on the day you enter Canada. The test may be administered at the airport or you may receive a self-swab kit at the airport or land border to complete within 24 hours after entering Canada
  • can take connecting flights to your place of quarantine
  • must quarantine in a suitable place while you await the arrival test result
  • aren’t required to pay a fee for the arrival test
  • may leave quarantine when you get a negative arrival test result. If the test result is positive you must isolate for a further 10 days

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

For more information, please read the Covid-19 travel, testing and borders webpage, from the Government of Canada.