Message to U.S. Citizens in Canada:  Update on Canadian International Travel Restrictions

The Government of Canada announced new COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements affecting land and air travel to Canada.  These changes are summarized as follows: 

Land Border:

  • Effective February 15, 2021, travelers arriving to Canada by land will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken in the United States within 72 hours of arrival.  This requirement extends to Canadian right of entry populations.  
  • Essential travelers (truckers, nurses, power crews, members of cross-border communities) will not be required to provide a negative test.
  • Effective February 22, 2021, travelers entering Canada by land will also be required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival and at the end of their 14-day quarantine period.  
  • View additional information on these requirements at this website.

 Air Travel: 

  • In addition to providing a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival, as of February 22, 2021, air travelers will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test when they arrive in Canada before exiting the airport, and another toward the end of their 14-day quarantine period. 
  • As part of this new policy, travelers will be required to reserve a 3-night stay in a government-authorized hotel prior to their departure to Canada.  Travelers will be required to stay at their reserved hotel for up to 3 nights, at their own cost, while they await the results of their arrival test.  Those who test positive must finish their 14-day quarantine in a Canadian government-designated facility. 
  • View additional information on these requirements at this website.

Mandatory Use of ArriveCAN App:

  • Effective February 22, 2021, all travelers arriving by land will be required to submit their travel and contact information, including a quarantine plan, electronically via ArriveCAN before crossing the border.  All travelers arriving to Canada must also continue to electronically submit daily COVID-related information throughout their quarantine period.  Use of ArriveCan by air travelers remains mandatory.

Rules and procedures can change quickly.  Please review the official Canadian Government website for current guidance when considering travel to, from, or within Canada: COVID-19 Travel, quarantine, and borders.  

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 in order 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.