CANADA: New COVID-19 Travel Rules

Apr 15, 2021 | Global

There are new pandemic-related rules for travel across the land border and by air.

Travel Across the Land Border

Non-essential travelers (such as returning “snowbirds”) must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no longer than 72 hours earlier. In addition to the pre-departure COVID test, another COVID test will be administered at the land border. The traveler can then continue to the planned place of quarantine and must self-administer another COVID test during the 14-day quarantine. The self-test kit will be provided at the border.

Travel by Air

In addition to the pre-departure COVID test taken 72 hours before boarding a flight to Canada, all individuals, Canadians included, must take a test upon arrival at the first Canadian airport. They must then wait for the test result at a hotel on the official list and cover the cost of up to CA $2,000 for the hotel (prices will vary) and testing. The hotel must be booked before boarding the plane to Canada. Upon receipt of the test result, they may travel to their final quarantine destination for the remaining days (14 days total) and must self-administer another COVID test. The self-test kit will be provided at the airport. The following details also apply:

  • The hotel must be booked at the first Canadian airport, meaning that a traveler who has a layover in Canada before their final destination must remain at the transit airport hotel until the test comes back negative. Only then can the final leg of the journey be completed.
  • There is no exemption for vaccinated travelers.
  • It is expected that the current exemptions (e.g., for medical personnel and essential workers) will remain valid, but this has not yet been confirmed.
  • Flights on Canadian airlines to and from Mexico and the Caribbean remain suspended until April 30, 2021.

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