The Government of Canada Advises Against All Non-Essential Travel Outside of Canada
There are increased health risks related to COVID-19 for Canadian travellers abroad. Because of this, the Government of Canada advises Canadian residents to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice. This includes cruise ships.
All non-essential travel at the Canada-U.S. border is restricted until December 21. The restriction covers all travel of an optional or discretionary nature (i.e. tourism, entertainment, recreation).
People Returning to Canada Must Self-Isolate
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.
For more information visit the Government of Canada’s Travel Restrictions and Exemptions page.
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 this Emergency Order, people returning to Canada should have been self-isolating.
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.
Note: There is no one-size-fits-all answer for self-isolation. The basic principles remain the same but everyone’s situation will be different and will depend on the reason for self-isolation. For more information visit the Government of Canada’s Travel Advice webpage or CK Public Health’s Guide to Self-Isolate at Home.
Measures for Travel Within Canada
On March 28, the Government of Canada introduced new measures to help ensure that travellers who are ill are not travelling by air or rail within Canada.
For More Information
See our Symptoms & Seeking Care page for more about how to self-monitor, self-isolate and other information about COVID-19.
Government of Canada’s Travel Advice webpage
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