In order to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the country, the Government of Canada is maintaining the requirements for mandatory isolation and quarantine (for a period of 14 days) of people entering Canada. This is mandatory, even if you do not have any symptoms.
You must have a plan to quarantine yourself for 14 days. Upon arrival in Canada, your plan will be evaluated by a border services officer or quarantine officer. Your plan must specify:
- where you will be staying;
- the means you will use to:
- get to your destination;
- get your grocery shopping;
- access essential services and medical care.
Visit this link for additional guidance: How to quarantine (self-isolate) at home.
* WARNING *
This plan is mandatory, even if you have no symptoms.
If you don’t have a plan, you should not travel to Canada. Otherwise, you may not be allowed to enter the country. A border services officer will determine if you can enter the country.
The penalties for not following your quarantine plan once you’re in the country can include:
- a fine of up to $750,000
- 6 months of jail time
- being found inadmissible, removed from Canada and banned from entering for 1 year
Each traveller is responsible for planning and respecting their quarantine. No other person shall be liable in case of lack of planning or non-compliance with the plan.
Place of quarantine
- Ensure you have a suitable place of quarantine that has basic necessities.
- Have the exact address of your place of quarantine when you arrive in Canada. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will ask for it.
- Go directly to your place of quarantine without delay and stay there for 14 days from the date you arrived in Canada.
Check with your educational institution to see if there are any quarantine accommodation available.
Sharing the residence
- Will you share your place of quarantine with other people (e.g. family home, shared flat, student residences)? If so, are they giving their consent for you to isolate yourself there for 14 days?
- Are there any vulnerable people sharing the place?
- Will you be in common areas with other people (e.g. kitchen and bathroom)? If so, will you be able to disinfect the spaces after each use?
Food and medicine
- Unable to leave your quarantine location, you will need to prove at the point of entry that you have a plan to get food and medicine if needed.
- Make sure you know the different delivery options available to you during your isolation period.
- You are responsible for your transport to your place of quarantine.
- You must wear a suitable non-medical mask or face covering while in transit.
- Practise physical distancing at all times
- Use private transportation such as a private vehicle to reach your place of quarantine, if possible.
- Choose transportations where health measures are respected (e.g. taxis, personal cars, organized shuttles, interregional buses, trains, etc.)
- Don’t make unnecessary stops on your way to your quarantine location.
- Avoid contact with others while in transit:
- Remain in the vehicle as much as possible;
- If you need gas, pay at the pump;
- If you need food, use a drive-thru;
- If you need to use a rest area, put on your mask and be mindful of physical distancing and good hygiene practices.
What you can and cannot do
during your 14 day quarantine
- You may not leave your place of quarantine unless it is to seek medical assistance.
- You may not have any guests, even if you are outside and stay 2m apart from them
- You may use shared spaces, or private outdoor spaces in your place of quarantine if you :
- Avoid contact with others who did not travel with you;
- Disinfect spaces after use;
- Wear a suitable non-medical mask or face covering if a distance of 2m from others residing in your place of quarantine cannot be maintained.
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Cover your mouth and nose with your arm when you cough or sneeze.
Guidelines to follow during the quarantine
During the fourteen days of your quarantine, you must monitor your condition for the appearance of symptoms. If symptoms appear, it is imperative that you follow the appropriate guidelines.
Guidelines for travellers without symptoms
You may have come into contact with the virus that causes COVID-19.
Guidelines for travellers with symptoms
You have symptoms that may be due to COVID-19.