New COVID-19 Test Requirement For Entry Into Canada

Negative COVID-19 test required to enter Canada effective January 7th, 2020

The Government of Canada announced on December 31st that, effective January 7, 2021:

  • All customers five years of age or older entering Canada from an international destination are required to provide, prior to boarding a flight, a negative COVID-19 PCR test.
  • The test must be taken within 72 hours of departure from your flight to Canada. Some exceptions apply.
  • Even with a negative COVID-19 PCR test all customers entering Canada will still have to complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

It is mandatory for all travellers flying to Canada to submit their COVID-related information digitally through ArriveCAN.

ArriveCAN is available as a free mobile app or by signing in online.
Download the app for free today . for iOS or Android.

Before you board your flight:

You must use ArriveCAN to provide:

  • Travel and contact information
  • Quarantine plan (unless exempt under conditions set out in the Mandatory Isolation Order)
  • COVID-19 symptom self-assessment

Travellers must be ready to show their ArriveCAN receipt when seeking entry into Canada; a border services officer will verify that they have submitted their information digitally.

Travellers who do not submit the required information digitally before boarding their flight could be subject to enforcement action, which can range from verbal warnings to a $1,000 fine.

If you are an in-transit passenger whose final destination is not Canada, you do not have to submit your information.

After you enter Canada:

Unless exempt under conditions set out in the Mandatory Isolation Order, you must use ArriveCAN within 48 hours of entering Canada to:

  • Confirm you have arrived at your place of quarantine or isolation
  • Complete a daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessment during your quarantine


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Date of Last Update: January 4th, 2021

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