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Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Information for Canadian citizens, persons registered as Indians under the Indian Act and permanent residents

Canadian citizens, persons registered as Indians under the Indian Act and permanent residents continue to enter Canada by right, and are subject to COVID-19 measures.

Travel restrictions

To limit the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Canada advises residents of Canada to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada and to avoid all cruise ship travel outside Canada until further notice.

The Governments of Canada and the United States have temporarily suspended discretionary (optional) travel across the Canada-US border. Temporary border restrictions are also in place for entry into Canada from countries other than the United States.

Returning to Canada

Note for non-commercial travellers

Effective , there is a dedicated lane at the Peace Bridge border crossing (Fort Erie, Ontario) for non-commercial travellers using the ArriveCAN app. To access this lane, download the app and submit your personal contact information up to 48 hours prior to arriving in Canada.

In order to limit the introduction and spread of COVID-19, the Government of Canada has put in place measures that must be followed by all travellers returning to Canada:

Certain travellers are exempt from the requirements to quarantine. This includes those who:

Certain travellers are permitted to travel through Canada while in transit directly from one place outside Canada to another place outside Canada, if the transit is:

They may only make essential stops along the way, including to use facilities, refuel or for essential supplies.

They must follow social distancing practices and wear a non-medical mask or face covering during these stops.

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Compliance and enforcement of the Quarantine Act

Compliance and enforcement chart (PDF, 2MB)


Enforcing compliance with the Quarantine Act is a shared responsibility.

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)

  • Determine if a foreign national traveller meets the standard of entry under the travel prohibitions
  • Administer and/or enforce the emergency orders made under the Quarantine Act
  • Determine if the traveller is required to isolate, quarantine or exempt and provide traveller a handout with their obligations
  • Conduct compliance promotion activities, through handouts and electronic means of communication
  • Conduct screening to determine if a traveller is asymptomatic or symptomatic
  • Develop and use digital tools to support information and data collection for compliance and enforcement purposes
  • Identify and flag travellers who may be non-complaint with quarantine/isolate orders or those who are a high risk of non-compliance (Warrant Response Centre and regional Intelligence and Enforcement)
  • Confirm that a traveller has a suitable quarantine plan
    • Refer to Public Health Agency of Canada if not
  • Provide evidence when required to support enforcement actions
  • Provide PHAC relevant information on travellers crossing the border
  • Support law enforcement agencies by providing entry information as part of a non-compliance investigation

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)

  • Administer and/or enforce the emergency orders made under the Quarantine Act
  • Determine if the traveller is required to isolate, quarantine or exempt and provide traveller a handout with their obligations (Note: May be responsible depending on the situation)
  • Conduct compliance promotion activities, through handouts and electronic means of communication
  • Verify and/or monitor compliance of the order, through phone calls to symptomatic travellers
  • Conduct screening to determine if a traveller is asymptomatic or symptomatic
  • Develop and use digital tools to support information and data collection for compliance and enforcement purposes
  • Identify and flag travellers who may be non-complaint with quarantine/isolate orders or those who are a high risk of non-compliance (Warrant Response Centre and regional Intelligence and Enforcement)
  • Confirm that a traveller has a suitable quarantine plan (Note: May be responsible depending on the situation)
  • Provide evidence when required to support enforcement actions
  • Support law enforcement agencies by providing entry information as part of a non-compliance investigation
  • Enforce orders as needed when travellers do not comply (for example, during visits to check for compliance)

Service Canada

  • Administer and/or enforce the emergency orders made under the Quarantine Act
  • Verify and/or monitor compliance of the order, through phone calls to symptomatic travellers
  • Identify and flag travellers who may be non-complaint with quarantine/isolate orders or those who are a high risk of non-compliance (Warrant Response Centre and regional Intelligence and Enforcement)

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

  • Administer and/or enforce the emergency orders made under the Quarantine Act
  • Develop and use digital tools to support information and data collection for compliance and enforcement purposes (Note: May be responsible depending on the situation)
  • Provide evidence when required to support enforcement actions
  • Support law enforcement agencies by providing entry information as part of a non-compliance investigation
  • Enforce orders as needed when travellers do not comply (for example, during visits to check for compliance)
  • Undertake enforcement actions, as necessary

Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC)

  • Administer and/or enforce the emergency orders made under the Quarantine Act
  • Refer cases to public prosecutors who determine if cases involving charges against a traveller will go to court
  • Testify in provincial court cases when a fine is contested (Note: May be responsible depending on the situation)

Local jurisdictions

  • Administer and/or enforce the emergency orders made under the Quarantine Act
  • Verify and/or monitor compliance of the order, through phone calls to symptomatic travellers
  • Identify and flag travellers who may be non-complaint with quarantine/isolate orders or those who are a high risk of non-compliance (Warrant Response Centre and regional Intelligence and Enforcement)
  • Provide evidence when required to support enforcement actions
  • Enforce orders as needed when travellers do not comply (for example, during visits to check for compliance)
  • Undertake enforcement actions, as necessary

Provincial health authorities

  • Administer and/or enforce the emergency orders made under the Quarantine Act
  • Verify and/or monitor compliance of the order, through phone calls to symptomatic travellers
  • Develop and use digital tools to support information and data collection for compliance and enforcement purposes
  • Identify and flag travellers who may be non-complaint with quarantine/isolate orders or those who are a high risk of non-compliance (Warrant Response Centre and regional Intelligence and Enforcement)
  • Provide evidence when required to support enforcement actions
  • Enforce orders as needed when travellers do not comply (for example, during visits to check for compliance)
  • Undertake enforcement actions, as necessary
  • Refer cases to public prosecutors who determine if cases involving charges against a traveller will go to court
  • Testify in provincial court cases when a fine is contested

Temporary import of US-plated vehicles into Canada

Until further notice, the CBSA is lifting the 60-day condition regarding the temporary import of US-plated vehicles by Canadian residents. A new deadline for when these vehicles will need to be exported or permanently imported with applicable duties and tax will follow.

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Importing goods by mail

The CBSA has implemented protective measures for all CBSA staff, including social distancing protocols and the use of personal protective equipment.

With mail volume increasing significantly across Canada, there may be delays at the 3 international mail centres. You may track your mail items via the Canada Post website. The CBSA is unable to provide information on the status of mail items.

We thank you for your patience as we continue to work closely with Canada Post to process international mail without compromising the health, safety and security of Canadians.

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