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

Message to U.S. Citizens in Canada:

Update on Canadian International and Domestic Travel Restrictions

September 21, 2020

 

Location: Canada

Event: Update on Canadian International and Domestic Travel Restrictions Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Information:

Border Restrictions

The U.S. and Canadian governments have agreed to extend cross-border travel restrictions to non-essential travel through October 21.

  • Non-essential travel includes tourism, recreation, and entertainment.
  • Permitted essential travel includes work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, immediate medical care, and safety and security.

Land borders are operating at reduced capacity and with limited hours.  Travelers entering Canada must present a credible 14-day quarantine plan and adhere to other health measures.  See CBP and CBSA websites for details on U.S. and Canadian border restrictions.

Foreign National Family Member Exceptions

Foreign nationals who are immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents may enter Canada for non-essential purposes if they meet the following criteria:

  • They do not have COVID-19.
  • They do not have reason to believe they have COVID-19.
  • They do not have signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
  • They are entering to be with their immediate family member for a period of at least 15 days.

Foreign nationals permitted to enter Canada must quarantine for 14 days.  Immediate family members of temporary residents in Canada, such as those on a student or work visas, cannot enter Canada.  For more information, including the definition of an “immediate family member,” please refer to the Government of Canada website on COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Alaska Transit

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) enforces specific rules and additional entry conditions on travelers transiting through Canada to or from Alaska for non-discretionary purposes. If transiting to Alaska, U.S. travelers must enter Canada at one of the five identified CBSA ports of entry at Abbotsford-Huntingdon (British Columbia); Coutts (Alberta); Kingsgate (British Columbia); North Portal (Saskatchewan); or, Osoyoos (British Columbia).   The summary of the Alaska transit rules can be viewed here.

Temperature Screenings

Temperature screening stations are in place in the departure sections of the Vancouver, Toronto (Pearson), Montreal, and Calgary airports. Beginning September 23, 2020, temperature screening stations will also be in place in the departure sections of an additional 11 airports in Canada (St. John’s, Halifax, Québec City, Ottawa, Toronto (Billy Bishop), Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Kelowna, Victoria). For more information, please reference Transport Canada’s Interim Order No.8 on civil aviation requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Provincial Travel Restrictions

Individual provinces may have additional restrictions that can affect your travel. Please refer to provincial websites (by clicking on the province’s name below) for full details and the latest information.

Alberta

  • International arrivals subject to 14-day quarantine.
  • No current interprovincial domestic travel restrictions.

British Columbia

  • International arrivals subject to 14-day quarantine.
  • Peace Arch Park at Blaine border crossing temporarily closed.
  • No current interprovincial domestic travel restrictions.

Manitoba

  • International arrivals subject to 14-day quarantine.
  • Domestic arrivals staying in Manitoba required to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Self-isolation restrictions for motorists travelling through Manitoba.

New Brunswick

  • International arrivals subject to 14-day quarantine.
  • Domestic arrivals in New Brunswick required to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Residents of the Atlantic provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador), can travel within the four provinces without the requirement to self-isolate for 14-days.
  • All travelers, including those entering from the other Atlantic provinces, will be screened at interprovincial points of entry into New Brunswick and will be asked for proof of province of residence.
  • Unnecessary travel into New Brunswick is limited, and peace officers are authorized to turn visitors away when they attempt to enter.

Newfoundland and Labrador

  • International arrivals subject to 14-day quarantine.
  • Domestic arrivals in Newfoundland and Labrador required to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Residents of the Atlantic provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador), can travel within the four provinces without the requirement to self-isolate for 14-days.
  • Visitors will be required to produce two pieces of government issued identification to verify that they are a permanent resident in one of the Atlantic Provinces.

Nova Scotia

  • International arrivals subject to 14-day quarantine.
  • Domestic arrivals in Nova Scotia required to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Residents of the Atlantic provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador), can travel within the four provinces without the requirement to self-isolate for 14-days.
  • Atlantic Canadian adults must provide government-issued identification or a utility bill or bank statement showing their permanent home address.

Northwest Territories

  • Strict restrictions on travel into the province. See website for latest information.

Nunavut

  • Quarantine within Canada required prior to entry. See website for quarantine process and latest information.

Ontario

  • International arrivals subject to 14-day quarantine.
  • No current interprovincial domestic travel restrictions.

Prince Edward Island

  • International arrivals subject to 14-day quarantine.
  • Domestic arrivals on PEI from outside Atlantic Canada are required to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Residents of the Atlantic provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador), can travel within the four provinces without the requirement to self-isolate for 14-days.
  • PEI is accepting pre-travel approval applications from seasonal residents who own a PEI property and immediate family members who will provide support to Island residents.

Quebec

  • International arrivals subject to 14-day quarantine.
  • Travel to the Cree Territory of James Bay and Nunavik is restricted for non-residents.

Saskatchewan

  • International arrivals subject to 14-day quarantine.
  • No current interprovincial domestic travel restrictions.

Yukon

  • International arrivals subject to 14-day quarantine.
  • Domestic arrivals to Yukon required to self-isolate for 14 days (some exceptions for residents of Yukon, B.C., Northwest Territories, and Nunavut).

Saint Pierre et Miquelon (French Overseas territory)

  • Access restrictions are in place.  Travelers age 11 and older must present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of travel.
  • Travelers must complete and carry with them a travel certificate and attestation certifying they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms.

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.

Follow us on— 

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.