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Update - New Requirements for Travellers Entering Canada

31 December 2020, 17:00

Subject: Update - New Requirements for Travellers Entering Canada

Pre-departure COVID-19 testing and negative results to be required for all air travellers coming to Canada

Effective January 7, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. EST, all air passengers five years of age or older will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling from another country to Canada. Documentation of a negative laboratory test result must be presented to the airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (or PCR) test and must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada.

Anyone who receives a negative test result and is authorized to enter Canada must still complete the full, mandatory 14-day quarantine.

For more information: Transport Canada News Release

Update - January 6, 2021: 

There are a limited number of exceptions. For more information, see Transport Canada's publication: COVID-19 pre-departure testing and transport Canada's Interim Order


Since November 21, the following requirements are in effect:

  • Air travellers whose final destination is Canada will be required to submit their information electronically through ArriveCAN before they board their flight.
    • Travel and contact information
    • Quarantine plan (unless exempt under conditions set out in the Mandatory
    • Isolation Order)
    • COVID-19 symptom self-assessment
  • Travellers must be ready to show their ArriveCAN receipt when seeking entry into Canada; a border services officer will verify that they have submitted their information digitally.

More information on this requirement.

We also encourage the use of the CanBorder application, which allows to make your regular declaration with your phone and minimizes contact with the terminals.