Travelling during COVID-19
Learn how to keep yourself and others safe during travel to Ontario from within Canada or abroad.
Learn more about new provisions for eligible fully vaccinated travellers (in effect as of August 9, 2021).
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There are no restrictions on domestic travel in Ontario.
If you travel, there may be rules you have to follow before you leave, when you get to your destination, and when you return. If you’re leaving Ontario, make sure that you learn about the rules at your final destination from local authorities, including local public health measures, before your trip.
To keep yourself and others safe from COVID-19, always follow the latest public health measures.
Arriving in Ontario
From another province or territory
Quarantine and public health requirements
You do not have to quarantine when you enter Ontario from another Canadian province, territory or region unless you have symptoms of COVID-19.
When you arrive in Ontario from another Canadian province, you must:
- follow all provincial public health measures and rules
- continue to monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19.
- wear a mask or face covering if required
If you develop symptoms, you may get tested at an assessment centre.
From an international destination
The Government of Canada determines the rules for entering Canada, including individuals who are fully vaccinated. Restrictions vary depending on which country you are travelling from.
Federal testing and quarantine requirements
The Government of Canada has put in place an emergency order under the Quarantine Act that applies to all travellers arriving in Canada.
Learn more about the federal requirements for:
Learn more about exemptions from testing and quarantine.
If you are not required to quarantine
Fully vaccinated travellers, including children, are required to follow federal guidelines for 14 days following entry into Canada, which includes:
- reporting any positive results from a government-required test if you were selected to complete one
- wearing a mask during your entire travel journey (onboard a flight, train or federally-regulated vessel, as well as in airports and other points of entry)
- following the masking requirements of the cruise ship operator
Unvaccinated children aged five through 11 need to wear a mask in public settings (including schools and day camps) for 14 days after arrival to Canada.
While masks are not required after your arrival, you may still wish to wear one.
What outreach to expect
If you are required to quarantine when you arrive from an international destination, you may be contacted by phone or email by the:
- Ontario Ministry of Health, who will provide you with support and information, such as where to get medical advice during self-isolation
- Government of Canada to ensure you are following quarantine rules (this may also include enforcement and education support)
Not all travellers will be contacted.
How to quarantine
Quarantining means staying at home or in another suitable location and avoiding contact with other people to help prevent the spread of disease.
You will receive instructions from the Government of Canada when you arrive in Canada. To stop the spread of COVID-19, it is critical that you follow these instructions carefully. If you do not follow the instructions or fail to provide accurate information, you may face fines or up to 6 months in prison.
Medical assistance while quarantining
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately. Tell the operator you recently travelled and are quarantining.
If it is not an emergency, you can:
- call your usual health care provider (for example, family doctor)
- contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000
- connect to an on-call doctor online
- take an online self-assessment for COVID-19
If you experience domestic violence
If you are experiencing domestic violence, you are not required to quarantine at the location where you are at risk. Emergency shelters for women and children fleeing violence continue to operate and are available to support you.
If you are in immediate danger, call 911 or your local police.
To find support in your area, you can call:
Travelling outside of Ontario
To another province or territory
There may be some travel restrictions and exemptions when moving between other provinces and territories.
When you enter another province or territory, there may also be additional restrictions and public health measures that you must follow.
Check with local public health authorities at your final destination before leaving Ontario.
To an international destination
- be sure to get vaccinated, and complete any additional recommended doses, at least 14 days before your departure
- review the travel health notice for COVID-19 and international travel
If you have not completed a COVID-19 vaccine series, you should continue to avoid non-essential travel to all destinations.
If you need a COVID-19 test for the purpose of outbound international travel, you will be responsible for paying for it. Private COVID-19 tests are available throughout Ontario.