Entry requirements for customers travelling to Canada

January 11, 2022

Due to the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, the entry requirements for customers (no matter your vaccination status) have changed depending on your original destination.

Customers entering Canada from all other countries, except the US

Canadian travellers and foreign nationals entering Canada from all other countries, (except the US) may now be required to complete a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival. The test will be conducted on-site at the airport, or you’ll be provided a take-home test kit. Travellers asked to complete an arrival test must quarantine at their final destination and approved quarantine location until a negative result is confirmed or a 14-day period passes - whichever comes first.

If you are a fully vaccinated Canadian or a foreign national:
Regardless of vaccination status, if you have a domestic connection, you can complete your journey and take the test and quarantine at your final destination.

If you are unvaccinated Canadian: You are not permitted to continue onward domestically by air. Unvaccinated Canadians will continue to be tested on arrival, on Day 8, and must quarantine for 14 days.

Border Services Officers and public health officials will provide direction to each traveller upon entry to Canada.

Customers entering Canada from the US

If you are travelling to Canada, are fully vaccinated, and you have not been outside of the US in the 14 days prior to your departure flight date, then you may be randomly selected for a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival. You are not required to quarantine while awaiting your results.

If you are an unvaccinated Canadian entering Canada, you must complete COVID-19 molecular test on Day 1 and Day 8, and must quarantine for 14 days.

Pre-departure COVID-19 molecular test requirement

  • No matter what destination you are travelling from, all customers over the age of 5 must provide proof of a negative molecular COVID-19 molecular test result prior to boarding a flight to Canada.
  • If you have had COVID-19 and recovered, you can provide proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test result. As of January 15, 2022, the test must have been taken at least 11 and no more than 180 days (i.e., the traveller will be eligible to travel on day 11 following the date the test was administered).
  • Antigen tests are not accepted for entry to Canada. Only molecular tests such as PCR, NAT/ NAAT and RT-LAMP are accepted per the Government of Canada. For more information visit travel.gc.ca
  • There are limited exemptions (e.g., crew members, essential travellers) from the pre-departure test requirement. More information can be found on travel.gc.ca.