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New Entry Requirements

Travelers coming in by air, in addition to having to provide a

negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding their flight, will be

required to take a test immediately upon landing. Following the

administration of the test, the travelers will be required to book

a hotel room in one of the designated supervised hotels at their

own expense, where they will have to wait up to three days for

their test result. Once they receive a negative test result, they

will be permitted to proceed to their designated quarantine

location where they will be able to spend the remaining quarantine

period under the usual restrictions. If their test is positive,

they will be transported to a designated government institution,

where they will be monitored and kept for an indeterminate period

of time until they are cleared by public health officials.

Changes affecting land travelers are less stringent for the time

being. Travelers crossing the land border will now be required to

provide a negative COVID-19 test result taken within less than 72

hours prior to travel. For now, land travelers will be permitted to

go directly to their designated quarantine location with no imposed

hotel stay or testing upon arrival to Canada.

Additionally, flights from international destinations can now

land only in one of four designated airports: Toronto, Montreal,

Calgary, and Vancouver. Travelers who wish to connect to other

locations will first be required to take the COVID-19 test upon

arrival, await their test result in a designated hotel nearby, and

will only be permitted to proceed to the connecting flight once

they receive a negative test result.

Travelling by Air:

All air travelers 5 years of age or older, regardless of

citizenship, must provide proof of a negative laboratory test

result for COVID-19 to the airline before boarding international

flights to Canada. Airlines will refuse boarding to travelers who

are unable to provide a negative COVID-19 test.

You must present a negative laboratory test (paper or electronic

proof of result) to the airline or private operator before coming

to Canada. The negative laboratory test result must include:

  • Traveler name and date of birth
  • Name and civic address of the laboratory/clinic/facility thatadministered the test
  • The date on which the test was conducted
  • The method of test conducted (PCR or LAMP)
  • The test result

Travelling by Land

A pre-arrival COVID-19 molecular test is now required for

travelers entering Canada by land, with limited exceptions such as

commercial truckers. More information will be available soon.

Types of accepted molecular test can be found here: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/flying/covid-19-testing-travellers-coming-into-canada

As of November 2020, the following has been


ArriveCan App:

If flying to Canada as a final destination, Canadians and all

travelers must use ArriveCAN to submit


  • travel and contact information
  • quarantine plan
  • COVID-19 symptom self-assessments

This is mandatory and must be completed before


Unless you are exempt under conditions set out in the Mandatory

Isolation Order, you must use

ArriveCAN within 48 hours of entering

Canada to:

  • confirm you have arrived at your place of quarantine orisolation
  • complete a daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessment during yourquarantine period

Quarantine Plan:

Please note that quarantine measures are also in place. You must

have a quarantine plan that shows how you’ll

quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in Canada. This plan

is mandatory and must indicate:

  • where the traveler will stay
  • how the traveler will get to the location of stay
  • how the traveler will get groceries
  • how the traveler will access essential services and medicalcare

All travelers entering Canada, whether in mandatory quarantine

or isolation, must

  • arrange for a suitable place to quarantine or isolate, withinyour financial means
  • go directly to your place of quarantine or isolation, withoutstopping anywhere
  • wear a non-medical mask or face covering whiletravelling to the place where you’ll quarantine or isolate
  • stay at your place of quarantine or isolation for 14 days (onlyleave to seek medical assistance if needed)
  • not use shared spaces such as courtyards, restaurants, gyms orpools if you’re staying at a hotel or paid lodging
  • not have any guests, even if you’re outside and stay 2meters apart from the guests
  • monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19
  • follow all other guidance provided by your local public healthauthority

In your place of quarantine, you may use shared spaces or

private outdoor spaces provided you:

  • avoid contact with others who didn’t travel with you
  • clean and disinfect spaces after use
  • wear a suitable non-medical mask or face covering if a distanceof 2 meters from others residing in your place of quarantine

    can’t be maintained

As travel restrictions are fluid and changing rapidly

due to the increase in COVID-19 infections, please check with FGI

before you make travel arrangements so that we may help you

navigate the most recent regulations that are in


The content of this article is intended to provide a general

guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought

about your specific circumstances.

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