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Preparing for a Return to Canada

by Global Affairs Canada, posted on 6:01 AM, March 30, 2021

With spring upon us, many Canadian snowbirds are preparing to return home. Some may have been vaccinated abroad and may wonder if pre-entry requirements still apply.

Travellers are not exempt from pre-entry requirements, even if they have: 

  • been vaccinated against COVID-19 
  • tested negative for COVID-19 
  • recovered from COVID-19

Travellers must quarantine for a minimum of 14 days, even if they have proof of a negative molecular test.

If they enter the country by air, travellers must await the result of their entry COVID-19 test in a government-authorized hotel, at their own expense. To book accommodations at such a hotel, call 1-800-294-8255 (toll-free within Canada) or 1-613-830-2992 (collect outside North America). 

All travellers, whether they have been vaccinated, have tested negative or have recovered from COVID-19, must get a COVID-19 test within 72 hours before boarding a flight or crossing the land border to Canada. They must also take a COVID-19 test on arrival, and they must take another test on the 10th day of their quarantine.

Mandatory submission of travel information using ArriveCAN 

Before boarding a flight to Canada or arriving at a land border crossing, travellers must electronically submit their travel and contact information, as well as their quarantine plan, using the ArriveCAN mobile app or by signing in online at Login to ArriveCAN.

Within 48 hours of entering Canada, all travellers must use ArriveCAN or call the 1-833-641-0343 toll-free number to confirm they have arrived at a government-authorized hotel or the address they provided for their place of quarantine or isolation. They must also complete a daily COVID-19 symptoms self-assessment during their 14-day quarantine period.   

Note that the province or territory of your final destination may have additional restrictions .

For complete details on quarantine and pre-entry test requirements when entering Canada by air or by land, please see: 

Mandatory quarantine or isolation   

Flying to Canada requirements checklist  

Driving to Canada requirements checklist

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