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When I return to Canada what will I need to do?

posted on 1:08 PM, August 11, 2021

On January 29, 2021 the Government of Canada announced additional requirements for Travellers entering Canada.  On July 5, 2021, the requirements were updated to provide some exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers who meet specific conditions. 

Here’s a summary of the entry requirements current as of July 5, 2021 followed by the noted exemptions for fully vaccinated travellers:

  1. All travellers must present a quarantine plan.
  2. It is recommended that you download the ArriveCAN app to speed up your arrival process and reduce contact with officials. 
  3. There is a PCR testing requirement completed within the 72-hour pre-arrival for travellers entering Canada by air and land with limited exceptions such as commercial truckers. In addition there are limitations on testing for children under 5 years.
  4. Monitor the testing and quarantine requirements for children who are not vaccinated including those who are too young.
  5. Arrival testing is required upon entry by land and air.
    1. Passengers arriving on international flights will be tested prior to leaving the airport.
    2. On site or take home testing will be provided at land border crossings.   
  6. Passengers arriving on international flights are required to reserve a room in a Government of Canada approved hotel for three nights while they await their arrival test result
  7. Quarantine for a period of 14 days from arrival is required by travellers
  8. Testing must be performed again on day 8 of quarantine
  9. All travellers entering Canada with symptoms or a positive test result must isolate.
  10. Representatives of Canadian Border Services may contact you in person or by phone asking for updates on your quarantine, symptoms and other details.

NOTE:  Those who meet the requirements and are fully vaccinated may be exempt from these steps outlined above:

  1. Hotel stopover (for air travellers)
  2. Quarantine
  3. Day-8 testing requirement

Details of exemptions for eligible fully vaccinated travellers who meet specific conditions can be found on travel.gc.ca, including how the Government of Canada defines being fully vaccinated.

Information is regularly updated on the Government of Canada’s COVID-19: Travel, quarantine and borders information page.  Costs incurred due to entry requirements are at the travellers’ expense and are not likely to be covered by your travel insurance policy as most travel medical policies cover expenses related to medical emergencies only.

Check for the most current information and details at  travel.gc.ca before you leave and prior to your return.  These rules and guidelines are subject to frequent change.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES – If you must travel for essential reasons, travel and come home safely following all public health guidelines. Please monitor travel.gc.ca for changing rules and guidelines and be aware that severe penalties may result for failure to properly quarantine when you return to Canada.