Where Can Canadians Travel Right Now in 2021?

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Air Canada enRoute is keeping tabs on which parts of the world are open for Canadians touching down.

This information is up to date as of May 17, 2021.
 

The federal government advises that Canadians avoid all non‑essential travel, both at home and abroad. Stay informed on the latest travel rules and restrictions by visiting the Government of Canada’s site on travel health notices.

If your reason for travel is considered essential by a province or territory under the Quarantine Act’s emergency orders (and you are given an exemption by the government of Canada) here are some helpful resources to help you plan your trip.

Should you need to travel, Air Canada is flying to destinations across Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia.

For the latest information, check out IATA’s Travel Centre Covid‑19 Travel Regulations Map, which sources comprehensive information from airlines and government agencies on travel restrictions. Air Canada’s Covid‑19 travel information page also includes a regularly updated list with entry requirement for countries where it flies to.

May 17, 2021

Canada

A road running through the fields and mountain of Alberta's Icefields Parkway
Icefields Parkway, Alberta.   Photo: Abben S (Unsplash)

If you wish to travel to another province or territory in Canada, it is recommended that you check its Covid‑19 information website, as some parts of Canada are accepting only certain visitors. Check restrictions for the following provinces and territories:

Europe

White hilltop homes of Greece
Greece.   Photo: Charlie Marusiak (Unsplash)

Canadians can travel to several countries in Europe, but they will need to self‑isolate upon arrival. Poland and the United Kingdom each require travellers to self‑quarantine for 10 days if they do not display symptoms of Covid‑19, while the Republic of Ireland requires a 14‑day quarantine period. Passengers arriving in the United Kingdom must demonstrate proof of a negative Covid‑19 test.

Further reading: Refer to these links for more detailed and relevant information on travelling to the following countries:

 

Further reading: Check the EU’s Re‑Open EU for detailed up‑to‑date information on travel restrictions across all member countries.

United States

The front entrance of Union Station in Denver, Colorado
Union Station, Denver, Colorado.   Photo: Mimi Di Cianni (Unsplash)

While the land border between the U.S. and Canada remains closed for non‑essential travel, Canadians who do not display symptoms of Covid‑19 are allowed to fly to the country so long as they have not visited India, China, Iran, Brazil, Ireland, the United Kingdom or any of the 26 European countries in the Schengen Area during the 14 days prior.

Passengers must present a medical certificate with a negative test result for COVID‑19. This must have been taken within 72 hours prior to departure. Visitors to the United States are also subject to COVID‑19 measures set by the state they are travelling to.

Latin America and the Caribbean

Aerial view of the beach at Bloody Bay, Jamaica
Bloody Bay, Jamaica.   Photo: Josh Eaton (Unsplash)

Canadians can travel to most destinations in the region, but regulations vary and often require visitors to undergo medical screening or Covid‑19 PCR testing either before travelling or upon arrival. Many countries in the region now also require Canadian tourists to quarantine for up to 15 days and/or stay in Covid‑19 certified accommodations for the duration of their trip. Some countries will allow visitors to forgo quarantine and/or Covid‑19 PCR testing if they have proof of vaccination. Depending on your destination, medical insurance may also be required.

While Canadians travelling to Mexico or Jamaica are not required to undergo medical testing, they do need to obtain travel authorization before flying. Travellers arriving in Brazil are required to have medical insurance for the duration of their stay. The insurance must have a minimum of BRL 30,000 and be written in English, Portuguese or Spanish.

Further reading: Refer to these links for more detailed and relevant information on travelling to the following countries:

Middle East

Two men walking on the beach with their camels in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai, United Arab Emirates.   Photo: Fredrik Öhlander (Unsplash)

Canadian residents are able to enter the United Arab Emirates, but are required to undergo a Covid‑19 PCR test showing no infection within 96 hours before the date of departure. PCR tests are also available for passengers arriving at Dubai International Airport. Visitors arriving as tourists at Dubai International Airport or Sharjah Airport must demonstrate proof of health insurance.

East Asia

A home on a river with a mountain in the background in Seoul, South Korea.
Seoul, South Korea   Photo: Jet Dela Cruz (Unsplash)

All travellers, including Canadians, are required to quarantine for 14 days upon entering South Korea. Additionally, they must install the government's self‑quarantine monitoring app on their smartphone and be tested at a public health center within 14 days.

Additional Resources and Information

Travellers returning to Canada from other countries are required to quarantine for a mandatory 14‑day period. Anyone travelling to Canada will have to quarantine at a government‑approved hotel for up to three days, at their own expense, while they wait for their results. All passengers aged five years or older (unless exempted) must demonstrate a negative laboratory test result for Covid‑19, performed using molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, accredited by an external organization such as a government, a professional association or one with ISO accreditation, within 72 hours before flying to Canada from another country. Proof of having received Covid‑19 vaccination does not exempt travellers from requiring a negative test result.

You must also use the ArriveCAN app to provide accurate contact information and details of your 14‑day quarantine plan on or prior to entry. Your plan will then be reviewed by a government official, and if deemed non‑suitable you could be asked to quarantine in a federal quarantine facility. Violating conditions provided upon entry could lead to six months in prison and/or $750,000 in fines. Check Transport Canada’s backgrounder for detailed information about the new requirements.

Visit the Government of Canada’s website for general information on what you need to know before you travel.