Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada
“After months of being at home, everyone wants to make the most of the summer months, but this summer is not like any other. With the COVID-19 pandemic still active in Canada and worldwide, it means that how and where you choose to enjoy the summer will determine your risk for exposure to COVID-19.” Dr. Theresa Tam, July 22, 2020
- Instructions for travellers
- If you must travel during the pandemic
- If you choose to travel this year
- Travel within Ontario
- Travel outside Ontario
- Planning a road trip?
- Things to consider for travel during COVID-19
- Please follow the Government of Canada’s instructions for Canadians who have recently travelled
Check your exposure risk if you have recently been on a flight, cruise or train, or at a public gathering? Check the listed exposure locations to see if you may have been exposed to COVID-19.
- Please go to an assessment centre if you develop symptoms of COVID-19 and immediately isolate while you await your test results.
- While the Government of Canada advises that you avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada, there may be times when travel is essential.
If you must travel despite the advisory or are already outside Canada, get the latest advice and information for your safety and security.
If you do travel outside Canada, you should expect increased health screening measures at points of entry for international destinations, including airports and land borders. Local authorities may impose control measures suddenly, including movement restrictions such as quarantines.
You are encouraged to:
- Stay at home if you or anyone in your social circle is feeling ill or experiencing any symptoms
- Continue to follow public health advice while travelling, including:
- Practicing physical distancing
- Limiting close contact to your social circle
- Hand washing
- Wearing face coverings
- Before you leave, check the local restrictions for places you may be travelling through and for your destination. For example, local rules about face coverings
- Bring essential supplies with you
Reopening Ontario: Frequently asked questions about Stage 3 - Can we take a trip this summer?
With a global travel advisory in effect due to COVID-19, everyone is encouraged to stay close to home. For information about travel destinations in Ontario, visit the following online resources. Remember to call ahead or check online with restaurants, attractions and accommodations to learn about specific COVID-19 safety precautions.
- Ontario Parks
- Ontario Travel
- Ontario Live - A virtual marketplace that supports local artists, operators, attractions and businesses throughout Ontario
- Be aware of other provincial health advice and restrictions before planning your trip
- Research what services and facilities are open for places you may be travelling through and for your destination
- Minimize contact with others as much as possible while travelling
- Plan your route in advance – map out stops along the way
- Call ahead or check websites to make sure places are open and operating as needed
(e.g., washrooms open to public)
- Keep car passengers limited to people from the same household or social circle
- Pack food and drink rather than stopping along the way
- Bring supplies such as disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, soap and paper towels
- Bring a reusable face covering for each person travelling able to wear one
- Use drive-thru or outdoor dining options rather than indoor dining at a restaurant when possible
- Practice good hand hygiene when pumping gas or using public washrooms
- Download apps on phone for touchless payment options for locations you may visit
(e.g., gas stations, city parking meters, food or beverage services)
- Before you go, be sure to check your employers’ requirements for returning to work after travel
- Arrange for private accommodations, such as a hotel or trailer, rather than staying with friends or family outside of your social circle
- Ask about regular cleaning protocols for all items you rent on your trip (e.g., car, RV, hotel room, canoe/kayak, bike, camping supplies)
- Seek out lesser-known destinations that may not be as busy as popular tourist spots
- Remember not to exceed social gathering limits (50 people indoors, 100 people outdoors)
- Always practice physical distancing when visiting with people from outside of your household or social circle
- Choose to participate in outdoor activities over indoor activities as much as possible
- Remember to follow other health and safety tips to protect from sun or heat exposure, mosquitos and ticks while participating in outdoor activities
- Consider self-isolating and monitoring for symptoms when you get home if you encountered large groups of people on your trip (e.g., visited a busy public beach)
- If you develop symptoms or are concerned you may have been exposed to COVID-19 on your trip, please visit an assessment centre to be tested.