Canada Travel Restrictions and Quarantines

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.

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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 20 September 2021

Pre- and on-arrival testing requirements for travelers arriving to Canada by air or land continue to apply for everyone, unless otherwise exempted. As of 5 July, fully vaccinated travelers currently eligible to enter Canada (including Canadian citizens) will not be required to quarantine or complete a day-8 test. (More information here.) As of 9 August, fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents of the United States, who currently reside in and will be traveling from the US, are allowed to enter Canada for discretionary travel. The 3-night hotel stopover requirement for air travelers has ended as of 9 August. Effective 7 September, foreign nationals who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveler exemption can enter Canada for discretionary travel.

All travelers five years of age or older, regardless of citizenship or vaccination status, must:

  • provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test result (not an antigen test) taken within 72 hours before their scheduled flight or arrival at a land border crossing (if arriving by land the test must be done in the US), or
  • provide proof of a positive COVID-19 test taken between 14 and 90 days before their scheduled flight or arrival at the land border crossing, and
  • take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival in Canada either at the airport or land border, following instructions provided to you by a government official upon entry to Canada. 
  • Unless fully vaccinated or otherwise exempt, all travelers must complete a post-arrival test on day 8 of their mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Arrivals must provide contact information digitally through the ArriveCAN app. Fully vaccinated travelers who want to be considered for the exemption from quarantine and reduced testing requirements will be required to provide evidence of their vaccination status by uploading supporting English or French documentation (or a certified translation), into the ArriveCAN app or by signing-in online at Canada.ca/ArriveCAN before arriving in Canada. Once uploaded, a border services officer will make the final determination for quarantine exemption.

All travelers (not just fully vaccinated travelers) will now be required to disclose COVID-19 vaccination information, including whether they received a COVID-19 vaccine, the brand name or any other information that identifies the vaccine that was administered, the dates on which the vaccine was administered, and the doses received.

Travelers must retain copies of their pre-entry COVID-19 test results for the full 14 days after entry to Canada, and be prepared to present them to a government official on demand.

At any time after entry to Canada, if a fully vaccinated traveler tests positive or is exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you must follow all local public health requirements, including quarantine or isolation.

The US will keep its land border with Canada closed to non-essential travel until at least 21 October 2021. Flights from India to Canada are suspended until 21 September and flights from Morocco are suspended until 29 September.

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.

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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