Guidance for travellers (COVID-19)
It’s important to know that if you travel abroad, within Canada or Ontario, you may come in contact with COVID-19. Always follow the latest travel advice and advisories.
As much as possible, Ontarians are encouraged to limit all non-essential travel.
All residents who are planning to travel should be aware that COVID-19 is still circulating at different levels around the province, country, and in other countries. The safest options are to stay in the area of your home community or to stay in the region. For all outings, continue to practise COVID-safe behaviours like distancing and wearing a face covering.
For anyone travelling this holiday season, talk with your family about what you have been doing in the 14 days before travelling. Think about how you can celebrate with loved ones in a way that protects everyone.
Travel outside of the province should be limited to only essential purposes. Individuals and families who arrive or return to Ontario during the Provincewide Shutdown period should self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.
If you think you have traveled somewhere (within or outside of Ontario) where you may have been exposed to COVID-19, call us at 705.522.9200 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200).
An official global travel advisory is in effect. Avoid non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice.
- Canadian Quarantine Act
- Travel and exposures to COVID-19
- Direction for returning travellers to Canada
- Travel within Canada and Ontario
Canadian Quarantine Act
An Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act is currently in effect 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.
- Read more information about travel guidance from the Government of Canada.
Travel and exposures to COVID-19
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 (including those returning from the United States)
The Public Health Agency of Canada mandates that all travellers returning from outside of Canada isolate for 14 days immediately upon return. Download the ArriveCAN app or visit the website to stay up to date on mandatory travel information on and after your entry into Canada.
Travel within Canada and Ontario
Travel should be limited to only essential purposes. Those who choose to travel should make sure to follow public health measures. Here are steps to keep yourself and others safe:
- Always practise the usual personal protective measures such as physical distancing, wearing a mask when that isn’t possible, and frequent hand hygiene.
- Don’t travel if you, or someone you are traveling with, have any symptoms of COVID-19 or feel sick.
- Monitor yourself for symptoms when you travel and when you return. If you get symptoms, even if mild, isolate where you are and seek assessment and testing.
- Individuals and families who arrive or return to Ontario during the Provincewide Shutdown period should self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.
- Check travel advisories for destination(s) as there may be variation between provinces and communities. Visit websites of provincial governments, local health units, or other authorities for the latest information.
If you think you have traveled somewhere (within or outside of Ontario) where you may have been exposed to COVID-19, or if you have any questions, call us at 705.522.9200 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200).
This item was last modified on December 23, 2020