The following travel advice can also be found on the Government of Canada website.
Instructions for Canadians who have recently travelled
The Government of Canada has put in place an Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act that applies to all travellers arriving in Canada in order to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19 in Canada.
- Upon arrival, every traveller will need to confirm that they have a suitable place to isolate or quarantine, where they will have access to basic necessities, such as food and medication. Travellers will be expected to make plans for where they will isolate or quarantine in advance of arriving to Canada. Travellers who do not have an appropriate place in which to isolate or quarantine themselves must go to a place designated by the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada.
- In addition, all travellers arriving in Canada by land, air or sea, are required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering to proceed to their final destination to isolate or quarantine. A mask will be provided if you do not have one.
- If you have recently returned to Canada and you have symptoms, you must ISOLATE. This is mandatory. If you have symptoms, please visit your nearest Assessment Centre in WDG to be tested and isolate at home until your test results are available.
- If you have recently returned to Canada and you have no symptoms, you must QUARANTINE (self-isolate) yourself. This is mandatory. You are at risk of developing symptoms and infecting others. You may get tested if you have symptoms. Please visit our Assessment Centres in WDG page for a list of symptoms and locations where you may be tested.
Check your exposure risk
- Have you 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.
For anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19:
Please go to an assessment centre if you have at least one of the following symptoms:
- new onset of cough
- difficulty breathing
- fatigue, malaise, myalgia (muscle aches)
- sore throat
- runny, stuffy or congested nose
- lost sense of smell or taste
- pink eye
- difficulty swallowing
- digestive issues (nausea/vomitting, diarrhea, stomach pain) or
- for young children and infants: sluggishness or lack of appetite; multisystem inflammatory vasculitis
*No Referral Needed*
You may also use the online Self-Assessment Tool to determine if you need to go to an assessment centre. It has also been updated to reflect the above range of symptoms.
Is it safe to travel?
- Please refer to the Government of Canada’s travel advice and review all active travel health notices.
- An official global travel advisory is in effect: Avoid non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice.
- Avoid all cruise ship travel due to recent cruise ship outbreaks of COVID-19.
What precautions should I take when travelling?
- An official global travel advisory is in effect: Avoid non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice. This advisory overrides all other risk levels, with the exception of areas for which we advise to avoid all travel (including regional advisories). The avoid all travel advisories remain valid.
If you are still considering travelling or are already outside of Canada:
- Effective April 20, 2020, all air passengers departing or arriving via any Canadian airport will be required to have a non-medical mask or face covering to cover their mouth and nose during travel. Learn more on the Transport Canada website.
- Check your destination’s Safety and security, Entry/exit requirements and Health sections.
- Get the Government of Canada’s latest updates on COVID-19.
- Check the Pandemic COVID-19 travel health notice.
- Find out what commercial options are still available to return to Canada. Consider returning to Canada earlier than planned if these options are becoming more limited.
- Ensure that you have sufficient finances and necessities, including medication, in case your travels are disrupted.
- Check with your travel insurance provider to know more about their policies related to COVID-19. Find out if you are covered for medical treatment if you become infected with COVID-19 as well as for extended stays outside of Canada.
- Travellers should sign up with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service to stay connected with the Government of Canada in case of an emergency abroad or an emergency at home.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that international travellers practice usual precautions. This includes:
- Avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections.
- Frequent handwashing, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment.
- Avoiding close contact with live or dead farm or wild animals.
- Travellers with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands).
- If you become sick when you are travelling, avoid contact with others except to see a health care professional.
- If you feel sick during your flight to Canada or upon arrival, inform the flight attendant or a Canadian border services officer.
- If you do not have symptoms but believe you were exposed to someone who was sick with COVID-19, report this information to a Canada border services agent on arrival in Canada. This is required under the Quarantine Act. The Canada border services agent will provide instructions for you to follow.
- Follow the messaging on arrivals screens at international airports
Can I still travel to another province?
- The Canadian government has not restricted movement between provinces through the Federal Emergencies Act yet (as of March 30, 2020).
- Some provinces implemented their own travel requirements, restrictions and checkpoints. Check with each province before travelling.
- The direction from the Canadian government to “stay home as much as possible” includes avoiding all unecessary travel outside of the home (ie. between neighbours, to other provinces, etc).