Canada: COVID-19 Travel Bans & Travel RestrictionsUpdated on 12 may 2021, 09:54 UTC+8
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Entry into CanadaEntry prohibited
Foreign nationals are prohibited from entering Canada. This policy does not apply to lawful permanent residents, persons with special authorization, persons registered under Canada's "Indian Act," or protected persons. Further exemptions exist for foreign nationals who are an immediate or extended family member of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and who intend to remain in Canada for more than 15 days, persons authorized by the Canadian Public Health Agency to enter Canada for compassionate reasons, and persons who meet specific criteria for exemption from Canadian travel restrictions. All persons traveling by air from abroad (including the United States) must arrive at either Calgary International Airport (YYC), Montreal–Trudeau International Airport (YUL), Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), or Vancouver International Airport (YVR). All passenger flights from India and Pakistan are suspended.
All persons (including Canadian nationals) must present proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Upon arrival, all persons (including those arriving at land border checkpoints) must undergo testing for COVID-19, a 14-day quarantine at a suitable location, and an additional test on day 8 of their quarantine. Additionally, persons arriving by air must carry proof of a valid booking for a 3-night stay in a government-authorized hotel. Prior to departure, travelers must submit their personal information and a quarantine plan online via the "ArriveCAN" website or mobile application. Quarantine plans must include details on how the traveler intends to proceed to their quarantine location, how the traveler will obtain necessary items such as food, and how the traveler will access essential services or medical care if necessary. Border officials will assess this information at the port of entry.
Canada's land border with the United States is closed to all non-essential travel until further notice. Be advised, some province-level authorities in Canada have implemented additional policies and restrictions for persons arriving into their jurisdictions. More information, including about the "ArriveCAN" system, is available at the following URL: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/travel-restrictions-exemptions.html
Returning to United StatesPartially restricted
All persons must have proof of a negative nucleic acid or antigen test for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure, or must provide "documentation of recovery."
Travelers are encouraged to undergo testing for COVID-19 within 3-5 days of arrival and to self-isolate for 7 days. All persons must wear a mask when using public conveyances.
The US government has mostly suspended the issuing of new visas. All travelers are encouraged to contact their local US embassy or consulate prior to finalizing travel plans.
From May 4, 2021, foreign nationals who have visited any of the following countries or regions within 14 days of their arrival in the United States are prohibited from entering: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mainland China, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican City, and the United Kingdom. This policy provides limited exemptions for persons providing vital support for critical infrastructure, journalists, students, and certain academics covered by exchange visitor programs.
All persons traveling to the United States (including US nationals) must present proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 3 days to departure using a nucleic acid or antigen test. Alternatively, persons who, at any point within 90 days of their scheduled departure for the United States, tested positive for COVID-19 may present "documentation of recovery" for travel to the United States. This must include proof of the positive test result along with a certificate from a recognized healthcare provider attesting that the traveler is not currently exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 is and cleared for travel. All travelers must additionally sign a form attesting that the information provided to airline staff is truthful and accurate to the best of the traveler's knowledge. Persons lacking such proof are prohibited from boarding flights bound for the United States. More information including post-travel recommendations is available via the following URL: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html
The United States government has mostly suspended the issuing of new visas and all US land border checkpoints with Canada and Mexico are closed to non-essential traffic. Additional restrictions are in place for persons holding special category visas including H-1B, H-2B, J-1, and L-1 visas. All travelers are encouraged to contact their local US embassy or consulate prior to finalizing travel arrangements. When arriving into or traveling within the United States, all persons must wear masks covering their mouth and nose while aboard any conveyance or at any transportation hub. Be advised, various state and local authorities in the United States have implemented additional policies and restrictions for persons arriving into their jurisdictions.