Canada Travel Alerts and Warnings

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel: The situation around the world is changing dramatically. Various governments have changed their travel warnings to restrict travel during this time. To understand how this may impact cover under your policy, please go to our FAQs and select your country of residence.

For the latest travel warnings and alerts around the world, read about lockdowns and border restrictions.

Find out how coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions are affecting travel to Canada, and how it may affect your plans.


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Travel restrictions in Canada due to coronavirus (COVID-19) – updated 12 January 2020

From 7 January 2021, at 12:01am EST, all air passengers traveling to Canada, who are five years or older, will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the country. Passengers must present evidence of a negative laboratory test result to their 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 traveler’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.

Most foreign nationals are banned from entering Canada. Exemptions include Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or their immediate families, temporary foreign workers, and some international students provided they remain in Canada for 15 days or more.

Foreign travelers to Canada for a compassionate reason must obtain authorization from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Arrivals must provide contact information, undergo screening by a border official, and quarantine or self-isolate for 14 days.

  • If you're a foreign national (not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident), you won't be able to enter if you have COVID-19 symptoms
  • Foreign nationals who do not show symptoms and are permitted to enter must undergo quarantine for 14 days
  • Nationals and residents who do not show COVID-19 symptoms must quarantine for 14 days
  • Nationals and residents who do show COVID-19 symptoms must self-isolate for 14 days
  • From 21 November, air travelers whose final destination is Canada must submit their information digitally through the ArriveCan app before boarding their flight.

The land border between the United States and Canada will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least 21 February 2021.

Domestic restrictions and measures may vary between provinces and territories.

Wondering how your travel insurance might be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak? Find answers to some of our common questions about COVID-19.

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British Columbia Wildfires - August 2018

A state of emergency has been declared in British Columbia in Canada as wildfires rip through forested areas, threatening nearby towns. Thousands of local residents and tourists have been told to evacuate and the state of emergency will stay in place for 14 days as of Wednesday 15th August 2018.

There are currently 566 fires burning in British Columbia with hot and dry weather conditions hampering efforts to get the fires under control. Several provincial parks are closed and campsite restrictions are in place across British Columbia.

Please listen to all official directives and warnings. Failure to comply with directives from government authorities means you won't be covered by travel insurance.

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