When returning home from a trip, whether it is local or international, following the quarantine guidelines is of utmost importance. These rules vary by country when returning from international travel and by state, province and city when travelling domestically.
When returning to Canada from any international destination, the Government of Canada requires all travelers to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days and self-monitor for symptoms. This rule also applies to American citizens returning home to the US from international travel.
Domestic travel may also require a quarantine period depending on the state or province you have visited or returned home to. For applicable quarantine rules by province please click on the links below.
All air passengers 2 years or older with a flight departing to the US from a foreign country at or after 12:01am EST (5:01am GMT) on December 6, 2021, are required show a negative COVID-19 viral test result taken no more than 1 day before travel, or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days, before they board their flight. Click here for more information.
All travellers irrespective of vaccination status, who are returning to Canada from out of the country, must have a negative COVID-19 test from up to 72 hours before departure and will have to take a COVID-19 test at the airport when they land.
Until July 5th 11.59pm, all travellers will quarantine in a designated hotel for three days upon arrival while they await results. Costs are expected to exceed $2000 and will be at the traveller’s expense. Those with negative test results will then be able to quarantine for the remainder of the mandatory two weeks at home, while those with positive tests will be required to quarantine in designated government facilities. Find out more from the Government of Canada.
From July 6th, travellers who are fully vaccinated will be exempt from the mandatory government quarantine. To be considered fully vaccinated, a traveller must have received the full series of a vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. Currently, those vaccines are manufactured by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). Travellers can receive their vaccine in any country, and must provide documentation supporting their vaccination in English, French or with a certified translation. Fully vaccinated travellers must upload a digital copy of their vaccination documentation to the ArriveCan app and must still present a suitable quarantine plan, and be prepared to quarantine, in case it is determined at the border that they do not meet all of the conditions required to be exempt from quarantine. Children or dependent adults who are not fully vaccinated, but are travelling with fully-vaccinated adults will be exempt from the mandatory hotel stay but they must quarantine for 2 weeks at home. More information can be found on the Government of Canada website here.