Travel information (COVID-19)
It’s important to know that if abroad, you may come in contact with the novel coronavirus. Always follow the latest travel advice and advisories.
Travellers should avoid all non-essential international travel. All health system organizations and employers immediately should cease all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice.
As of midnight, March 24, 2020, the Government of Canada announced an Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act that requires any person entering Canada by air, sea or land to self-isolate for 14 days whether or not they have symptoms of COVID-19. All individuals permitted to enter Canada are subject to this Order, with the exception of certain persons who cross the border regularly to ensure the continued flow of goods and services, and those who provide essential services.
Exposures to COVID-19 (NEW tool)
The Public Health Agency of Canada posts information on COVID-19 exposures on flights, cruise ships, and mass gatherings.
Direction for ALL returning travellers to Canada (including those returning from the United States):
- The Public Health Agency of Canada has advised all travellers who have traveled outside of Canada in the past 14 days to limit contact with others, including self-isolation and staying at home, for 14 days from last exposure regardless of symptoms. Individuals in this situation should seek services over the phone or internet or ask for help from friends, family, or neighbours with essential errands.
- Health care workers who are deemed critical, to continued operations, may immediately return to work but undergo regular screening, use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the 14 days and undertake active self-monitoring, including taking their temperature twice daily to monitor for fever, and immediately self-isolate if symptoms develop and self-identify to their occupational health and safety department.
- Monitor your health for fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.
- Wash your hands often for 20 seconds and cover your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing or sneezing.
- If you develop a fever, cough or difficulty breathing within 14 days, continue to isolate yourself from others and immediately call a health care professional or Public Health. Call ahead—do not drop in.
- Non-health care workers who have travelled and are part of workplaces that are considered essential to daily living (those working in grocery stores, the transportation of goods, etc.) are able to return to work as long as they are asymptomatic. However, they should self-monitor for a period of 14 days and identify themselves to their employer so that a plan can be put into place to ensure the protection of those workplaces.
- Children under the age of 16 years who have travelled outside of Canada should also self-isolate for a period of 14 days. Parents should actively monitor their children’s symptoms. Children who are self-isolating should stay at home and avoid social gathering points such as community centres or parks.
An exemption to the request to self-isolate for 14 days may be provided to workers who are essential to the movement of goods and people. For example, this exemption would apply to:
- health care workers, as described above
- healthy workers in the trade and transportation sector who are important for the movement of goods and people across the border, such as truck drivers and crew on any plane, train or marine vessel crossing the border
- healthy people who have to cross the border to go to work, including health care providers and critical infrastructure workers
Workers in these sectors should:
- practise physical distancing (social distancing) (maintain a distance of 2 metres from others)
- closely self-monitor (Public Health Ontario, PDF)
- self-isolate should they exhibit any symptoms
If you must travel
If you must travel, take precautions against respiratory illnesses, and seek medical attention if you become sick.
During your trip:
- Avoid spending time in large crowds or crowded areas.
- Avoid contact with sick people, especially if they have fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.
- Be aware of the local situation and follow local public health advice.
If you feel sick during your flight to Canada or upon arrival, inform the flight attendant or a Canadian border services officer.
This item was last modified on March 28, 2020