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Canada updated entry requirements

COVID-19 testing required for people flying into Canada

As of January 7, 2021, air travellers 5 years of age or older will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result to the airline prior to boarding international flights bound for Canada. See the news release for air travellers.

Mandatory 14-day quarantine or isolation

Everyone entering Canada must follow mandatory isolation or quarantine requirements. Not respecting the mandatory requirements is a serious offence with consequences and penalties.

To protect Canadians from the outbreak of COVID-19, the Prime Minister announced travel restrictions that limit travel to Canada. Until further notice, most foreign nationals cannot travel to Canada, even if they have a valid visitor visa or electronic travel authorization (eTA).

Who can enter Canada :

You can travel to and enter Canada if you’re a

  • Canadian citizen

  • dual Canadian citizen with a

    • valid Canadian passport or

    • special authorization

  • permanent resident of Canada

  • person registered under Canada’s Indian Act

  • protected person

Foreign nationals, including United States (US) citizens, can travel to Canada only if they’re eligible.

Arrival in Canada

ArriveCAN As of November 21, 2020, you must use ArriveCAN before checking in at the airport or crossing the border to submit your travel and contact information, quarantine plan and COVID-19 symptom self-assessment.

Please bring your ArriveCAN receipt (electronic or paper) with you to show the border services officer upon arrival.

Quarantine requirement When you arrive in Canada by air, land or sea, we’ll assess your health before you leave the POE. If you’re a foreign national, and you have symptoms of COVID-19, you won’t be allowed to enter Canada. You must have a plan to quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in Canada, including

  • a place to stay

  • how you’ll

    • get to your destination

    • get your groceries

    • access essential services and medical care

This plan is mandatory, even if you have no symptoms. If you don’t have a plan, you should not travel to Canada. Otherwise, you may not be allowed to enter the country. A border services officer will determine if you can enter the country.

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