Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Ottawa, Canada

Canada Announces Mandatory PCR Testing Entry Requirements for All Travelers

Effective December 21, Canadian Federal Authorities will again require proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test for all travelers entering Canada, including those travelers returning from trips under 72 hours.  In addition, the Government of Canada is ending its travel restrictions for travelers recently present in Botswana, Egypt, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

For additional information, please visit the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 travel site here.

Actions to Take

Keep STEP Enrollment Active:

  • Encourage U.S. citizen friends and family to enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) so the U.S. Embassy and Consulates can contact them with updated information.  If you plan to remain in Canada beyond your previously planned travel dates, remember to modify your STEP profile to continue to receive information and emergency alerts.

Monitor the following U.S. Government websites:

Monitor the following Canadian Government websites:

Monitor the following additional suggested websites:

  • Airlines, buses, trains, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.

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For Assistance:

  • The U.S. Embassy and Consulates General are continually monitoring the current situation in Canada and continue to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens.  To contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulates General please find the location closest to you here.