Message to U.S. Citizens in Canada: COVID Test Required for Airline Passengers Entering Canada

December 31, 2020

The Canadian Government announced that effective January 7, 2021, all airline passengers age 5 years of age or older will be required to test negative for COVID-19 when traveling from another country to Canada. The new regulation requires passengers to provide their airline with negative laboratory COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test results taken within 72 hours of their scheduled departure to Canada. For more on this new requirement please click here. This new measure is in addition to the existing mandatory 14-day quarantine for all travelers entering Canada.

  • ArriveCANRequirements: Canada requires travelers to submit their travel and contact information and quarantine plans digitally. For complete information on ArriveCAN requirements, please click here.
  • Air Travel Measures: All air travelers in Canada, with few exceptions, must wear a non-medical mask or face covering in Canadian airports and during flight. See Transport Canada’s COVID-19 information for travelers website for full information.

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.

British Columbia
New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador
Nova Scotia
Northwest Territories
Prince Edward Island
Saint Pierre et Miquelon

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.