On March 26, the Government of Canada announced an Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act that requires any person entering Canada by air, sea or land to self-isolate for 14 days whether or not they have symptoms of COVID-19. THIS IS MANDATORY. Travellers are at higher risk of developing symptoms and infecting others.
Anyone permitted to enter Canada are subject to this Order, with the exception of certain people who cross the border regularly to ensure the continued flow of goods and services, and those who provide essential services. People who are exempt from the Order must practice physical distancing and self-monitor for symptoms, stay in their place of residence as much as possible, and follow the instructions of their local public health authority if they feel sick.
Violating any instructions provided to you when you entered Canada could lead to up to six months in prison and/or $750,000 in fines.
Even before that, travellers returning to Canada were required to self-isolate.
As of March 17th, ANYONE returning to Canada from outside of the country in the last 14 days, which would make for a return date of March 3rd or later, MUST self-isolate for 14 days from the day they arrived back into Canada.
Anyone who has returned to Canada since March 17th and anyone still trying to get back to Canada must also self isolate for 14 days from the day of their arrival back into Canada.
For more information see our Information for Travellers section.