Canada COVID travel restrictions

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Canada COVID Travel Restrictions

Canada COVID travel restrictions impacting business aviation

All data shown below is for U.S. passengers travelling from the U.S. (14-day clean travel history). For all other mission scenarios, contact Universal Trip Support. Ask your Universal Trip Support team for a Feasibility Guide to get detailed intelligence for your destination of interest.

Travelers from variant virus hotspots – Many countries are restricting entry for travelers who have visited a variant virus hotspot, including the UK, Brazil, and South Africa. Travelers from neighboring countries may also be restricted.

April 6, 2021

  • Accessible to U.S. passengers: Yes
  • Types of flights allowed: Business, Tech Stops, Medevac
  • Pre-Approval for Entry Required: No 
  • COVID-19 Pre-Testing for Arrival Required: Yes, a molecular test 72 hours prior to scheduled departure time.
  • Assuming No Symptoms, COVID-19 Testing Upon/After Arrival): YES (See Details/Notes Section)
  • Pre-Departure COVID-19 Test Required? Yes
  • Health / Entry Forms Required for Crew/Pax (If yes, what forms)?: No
  • Assuming No Symptoms, Quarantine Required: Yes, if overnighting
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Required: Vaccinated Americans are not exempt from quarantine.​
  • Canada has this online tool to help you assess if you can enter the country.
  • Airport Funneling in Effect – All international passenger flights, including those from the U.S., are required to enter Canada through one of the following four funneling airports: CYYZ/Toronto, CYVR/Vancouver, CYUL/Montreal, and CYYC/Calgary. Medevac, ferry and crew repatriation flights, cargo-only flights, and tech stops where no passengers disembark are exempt. For now, you may continue on to your final destination in Canada with no delay, as long as your passengers quarantine per federal or provincial rules upon arrival at your final destination.
  • Mandatory 3-Day Quarantine in Gov’t Sanctioned Hotel – Coming soon, all air travelers arriving in Canada, with very limited exceptions, must reserve a room in a Government of Canada-approved hotel for three nights at their own cost, and take a COVD-19 molecular test on arrival at their own cost. (CYYZ has already implemented this requirement.) Exact implementation date TBD.
  • Canada’s airlines have canceled services to/from Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Caribbean until April 30.
  • Officials in Canada extended a ban on entry for most nonresident foreign nationals until further notice as part of the measures to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
  • All airline passengers from abroad aged 5 years and over must present a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours before departure to Canada. Persons with a negative PCR test result and who are authorized to enter Canada must still complete the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine.
  • As of Nov. 21, travelers will be required to submit contact and quarantine information via ArriveCAN app. Fines of $1,000 CAD may be placed upon any traveler for not complying.
  • On Oct. 22, Canada was removed from the EC’s recommended Safe List. Remember, these are just recommendations. Portugal also has Canada on its non-approved list.
  • Restrictions on non-essential travel for USA/Canada/Mexico remain in place until April 21, 2021. CANPASS / CBSA (CANADA) is by far the most stringent enforcer of this policy in regards to air travel.
  • Flights from the U.S. are being allowed on a case-by-case basis. Some are getting through without issue; others are getting denied. Canada is very strict on vetting “essential” vs. “non-essential” travel between the U.S. and Canada. Best practice is to gather all relevant documentation (e.g., travel history, medical declarations, purpose of flight, etc.) and seek approval from CANPASS well in advance. Canada is still restricting entry to 4 ports. Consult with us for any planned mission.
  • Note that Canada has very strict quarantine requirements for anyone entering the country. Active crew are exempt but need to follow these contact collection guidelines.


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