Bill Blair
Hon. Bill Blair
Member of Parliament for Scarborough Southwest
Travel Advisories and the United States Border

Here are the federal initiatives currently in place regarding travel advisories and our relationship with the United States border. 

Anyone returning to Canada from any country, including the United States, is legally required under the Quarantine Act to proceed immediately home and self-isolate for 14 days. Violating any instructions provided to you when you entered Canada could lead to up to 6 months in prison and/or $750,000 in fines.

If asymptomatic travelers cannot explain a credible quarantine plan, they will be required to quarantine in a hotel.

Canadians abroad must register with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service in order to receive critical emails and text messages regarding repatriation efforts.

New Measures at Canadian Borders

Our government announced further testing and quarantine requirements for international travellers arriving at Canada’s air and land ports of entry. These new measures will help prevent variants of concern from reaccelerating the pandemic and making it more difficult to contain. Our government continues to strongly advise Canadians to cancel or postpone any non-essential travel, including vacation plans, outside Canada. Foreign nationals should likewise postpone or cancel travel plans to Canada. Now is not the time to travel.



​While our government took measures in June to help more families to be together, there are some cases where people haven’t been able to be with the ones they love.

Processes have been introduced to support enhanced family reunification, entry for compassionate reasons, and the safe and gradual entrance of international students.

More specifically, these processes will provide for the entry of:

Detailed information as to who may qualify as an extended family member and the process and requirements to be eligible to travel to and enter Canada is now available. There will be a robust process in place for extended family members, and each traveller will need to apply for and be issued an authorization before they can travel to Canada.

While new measures to allow admissibility will be in place, travellers should not make any travel plans until they have received proper authorizations.

If granted entry visitors are subjected to Canada’s mandatory 14 day quarantine and isolation. The government is also strengthening compliance and enforcement efforts alls are followed up by law enforcement if any individual cannot be reached, or if a traveller is suspected of not complying with quarantine requirements.

Law enforcement authorities, such as RCMP or provincial police officers, have full authority in jurisdictions that have signed on to the Contraventions Act ticketing regime to issue fines of up to $1,000 and may ticket an individual again in the presence of repeated instances of non-compliance, resulting in multiple fines. Where the non-compliance is not addressed through a contraventions ticket, an individual could face fines of up to $750,000 and up to 6 months in prison where charges are laid for an offence under the Quarantine Act. Willfully or recklessly contravening the Quarantine Act could also result in fines of up to $1 million and 3 years’ imprisonment.

We will continue to follow the best public health advice to restrict access to Canada and allow for exemptions in exceptional circumstances. Canada will strengthen it’s public health presence at the border and will be enhancing it’s quarantine measures. Please ensure to download the ArriveCAN app to submit mandatory COVID-19 information.

For more information click here.

Canada- U.S Border Restrictions for Non-Essential Travel

A restriction on non-essential travel is in place at all points of the Canada-U.S. border. Essential travel includes the maintenance of supply chains – ensuring that food, fuel, and life-saving medicines can be reached on both sides of the border. Canadians and Americans who cross the border each day for essential work or for urgent reasons will also not be affected by this closure.

For more information on the Canada-U.S. border restrictions can be found here.

New Update: The non-essential travel restrictions between Canada and USA have been extended to February 21st, 2020. 

Cruise Ship Travel

Avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada and avoid all cruise ship travel until further notice.

Essential passenger vessels, such as ferries and water taxis, should continue following federal guidance and provincial, territorial, local and regional protocols, as well as mitigation measures, to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. These could include: reducing the number of passengers, ensuring physical distancing, the wearing of masks, as well as enhanced cleaning and hygiene measures.

United States Border Exemptions

An exemption to the essential travel requirement for immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents who are asymptomatic and seeking entry into Canada for a minimum of 15 days has been announced. Public Health requirements of the mandatory 14 day quarantine will remain in place. This exemption is effective from 11:59pm ET on Monday, June 8th. Public health requirements, such as the mandatory 14 day quarantine will remain in place.

An immediate family member refers to a persons:

This exemption does not extend to the immediate family members of temporary residents, such as international students.

More information on Assessing a Common Law relationship can be found here on IRCC's website.

More information on this exemption can be found here.

Stricter rules for foreign nationals transitioning through Canada to Alaska

Protecting the health and safety of Canadians and reducing the spread of COVID-19 in Canada are our top priorities. That's why today, we announced stricter rules and entry conditions on travellers transiting through Canada to Alaska. 

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is announcing that as of July 31, 2020, at 12:01 am PDT stricter rules and additional entry conditions will be imposed on travellers transiting through Canada to Alaska for a non-discretionary purpose. These measures are put in place to further reduce the risk of introduction of COVID-19 cases and to minimize the amount of time that in-transit travellers are in Canada.

For more information click here. 

COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program for Canadians Abroad

Canadians outside the country who are directly impacted by COVID-19 will be able to apply for an emergency repayable loan to facilitate their return to Canada and to cover basic essential needs while they work towards their return. Each application will be assessed according to their specific situation and needs.

If you are an eligible Canadian and are outside of Canada contact the nearest Government of Canada office or the Global Affairs Canada 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Center in Ottawa at +1 613-996-8885 (collect calls are accepted where available) or email [email protected].

For more information on the COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program for Canadians Abroad click here.

Emergency Contacts for Canadians Abroad

For any other consular emergencies, contact the nearest Government of Canada office or the Global Affairs Canada has a 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Center for Canadians abroad, available by phone at +1 613-996-8885 (collect calls are accepted where available) or by email [email protected].

Safety Measures at Airports

The Minister of Transport announced new safety measures that will be in place airport to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

For more information visit Transport Canada.

Canada’s Flight Plan for Navigating COVID-19

Minister Garneau announced Canada’s Flight Plan which is the foundation for Canada’s current and future efforts to reduce the public health risks of COVID-19 while travelling by aircraft. The plan puts in place a number of safety measures to support air travelers and air industry workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Changes include: mandatory use of face masks for passengers and crew, mandatory health checks by air carriers prior to passenger boarding, and temperature screenings.

For more information on Canada's Flight Plan visit Transport Canada's website

Download Canada's Flight Plan for Navigating COVID-19

Official Global Travel Advisories

Avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada and avoid all cruise ship travel until further notice.

As foreign governments implement strict travel restrictions and as fewer international transportation options are available, you may have difficulty returning to Canada or may have to remain abroad for an indeterminate period.

If you choose to travel despite these advisories, be aware that commercial airspace closures and movement restrictions can occur without warning and could prevent your return to Canada. The Government of Canada is not planning additional facilitated flights to bring Canadians home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are outside of Canada:

For more information visit

Inter-provincial Travel

Provinces and territories have put in place a number of pandemic response measures, including travel restrictions within their jurisdiction, to respond to the virus. These governments are proactively communicating information to citizens on these measures. We have emphasized the need to ensure the flow of essential goods and services while ensuring public health is protected. While this situation may be challenging for Canadians away from their family or friends, we urge all to follow the advice of local public health experts as we continue our fight against this global pandemic.

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