What you need to know about mandatory quarantine or isolation before travelling to Canada

Before travelling to Canada, all travellers must plan for their mandatory 14-day quarantine period, which starts on the date they arrive. Government of Canada representatives will conduct health screenings at the time of entry to Canada and let you know if you need to quarantine or isolate.

If you don’t have COVID-19 symptoms, you must quarantine for 14 days while you’re still at risk of developing symptoms and infecting others.

Should you develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 during your 14 day quarantine, you must begin isolating for an additional 14 days from the date of your positive test result or onset of symptoms.

Quarantine instructions for travellers without symptoms of COVID-19 returning to Canada

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you must isolate for 14 days. The only people who may enter Canada if they have COVID-19 or any symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • Canadians
  • persons with status under the Indian Act
  • permanent residents
  • protected persons, if entering at a land port of entry

 Isolation instructions for travellers with COVID-19 symptoms returning to Canada

All travellers entering Canada, whether in mandatory quarantine or isolation, must:

  • arrange for a suitable place to quarantine or isolate, within your financial means
  • go directly to your place of quarantine or isolation, without stopping anywhere
  • wear a non-medical mask or face covering while travelling to the place where you’ll quarantine or isolate
  • stay at your place of quarantine or isolation for 14 days (only leave to seek medical assistance if needed)
  • not use shared spaces such as courtyards, restaurants, gyms or pools if you’re staying at a hotel or paid lodging
  • not have any guests, even if you’re outside and stay 2 metres apart from them
  • monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19
  • follow all other guidance provided by your local public health authority

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 distance of 2 metres from others residing in your place of quarantine can’t be maintained

 For those in isolation, you’re required to stay inside.

You’re strongly urged to make housing arrangements for quarantine or isolation before you arrive in Canada. In most cases, this can be in your own home or in the same place you’re visiting in Canada.

If this isn’t possible, you should consider making alternative arrangements that are within your own financial means. A suitable place is one where you:

  • won’t have contact with people who are vulnerable, such as those who:
    • are 65 years or older
    • have underlying medical conditions
    • have compromised immune systems
  • aren’t in a group living environment, such as:
    • student residences
    • long-term care facilities
    • industrial camps
    • living in the same household with large families or many people where there’s close contact and you share common spaces
  • can stay for at least 14 days (and possibly longer)
  • have access to basic necessities, including water, food, medication and heat during the winter months

Exceptions to staying with a vulnerable person include if:

  • they’re a consenting adult
  • they’re either the parent or the minor in a parent-minor relationship

Before you travel

Before you travel, you must plan to quarantine or isolate in a suitable place. If you don’t, you may be assessed further by a government representative at the border. If you can’t quarantine in your own home, consider other options within your financial means, such as:

  • hotel
  • motel
  • other paid housing
  • friends or family, as long as you won’t expose anyone who:
    • is not part of your travel group
    • is at risk of more severe outcomes of COVID-19

If no other options are available, travellers may be referred to a designated quarantine facility as a last resort. This decision will be made by a government representative at the border.

After you arrive in Canada, a representative of the Government of Canada will call you to monitor compliance with your mandatory quarantine or isolation. We ask that you please answer calls from 1-888-336-7735.



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