COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Update

We have provided  information on COVID-19 Travel Restrictions for travellers TO CANADA and for travellers WITHIN CANADA ever since the first lockdowns began in March 2020.

>>The information listed below is accurate as of  Saturday January 1, 2022

Please call at 403-245-2194 if you become aware of any updates and/or errors. (We are not affiliated with –nor funded by– any governments)

January 1 – Quebec announced 10pm to 5 am curfew

December 6 – stricter arrival rules for international travelers because of Omicron variant

July 30 – New Brunswick ends border restrictions for Canadians (see below, right column)

August 7 Manitoba no longer requires full/double-vaccinated individuals to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival in province.

August 9  – Canadian borders open  for double-vaccinated Americans (see below, left column)

Interprovincial Borders opening up for double-vaccinated Canadians

The Atlantic provinces require certain visitors to pre-register some, as far as 5 days in advance of planned travel, SEE BELOW), and travellers to Nunavut must first get authorization. Also, the Northwest Territories still bars most leisure travellers.

However, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba and the territories still require some inter-provincial travellers to quarantine.

The rest of Canada can skip quarantine in the Atlantic provinces if fully vaccinated or, in the case of New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador, have at least one dose. (PEI’s exemption for vaccinated travellers doesn’t kick in until Sunday, July 18).

Fully vaccinated travellers can also skip quarantine in Manitoba and the territories.

Manitoba, Yukon and the Atlantic provinces also exempt from quarantine unvaccinated children under 12 — if all their vaccinated guardians meet the exemption requirement. In Nova Scotia, the rule applies to unvaccinated children ages 18 and younger.

Nov 2021 – All provinces now have a QR Code for verification of double-vaccination status.

Some provinces may require that QR Code be shown as proof the gain entry into a province, and all provinces now require the QR code to be provided to enter restaurants, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and sports facilities. The strictness and range of covered establishments will vary by province.

Travel into Canada: the Omicron Variant

See latest update for international arrivals, with links, self-evaluation for entry eligibility, and about the MANDATORY ArriveCAN app (or website) for all arrivals by air, sea, or land.

Travel Into Canada: COVID-19 Travel Restrictions loosening

Travel into Canada is now highly limited, with many carriers limiting or temporarily ceasing air connections with many other countries that they typically serve.

Canadian Government page for travellers during COVID-19 Outbreak

Travellers who are considered essential services (according to the US Homeland Security) are able to cross the Canada-US boundary. Otherwise you must be a Canadian Citizen/resident to be able to enter into Canada.

Non-essential travel from the United States (by double-vaccinated US citizens) is now permitted, after August 9,2021.

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.


As of September 7, 2021

The government plans to reopen Canada’s borders to fully vaccinated travellers from the rest of the world on Sept. 7. But that is still subject to change if Canada gets hit with a serious fourth wave of COVID-19.

Those vaccinated with the Russian and Chinese COVID vaccines, which are not approved by Health Canada, are NOT expected be eligible for travel into Canada.

Americans Welcome Back to Canada

As of August 9, 2021, vaccinated Americans may enter

As of Monday August 9, the government will allow fully vaccinated Americans to both enter Canada and skip the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

As of Monday August 9, fully vaccinated French citizens who reside in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, a French territory near Newfoundland and Labrador, will also be allowed to enter Canada.

Americans must meet all requirements:

  1. To be considered fully vaccinated, Americans must have received all required doses of a Health Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccine 14 days prior to entering Canada.
  2. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents residing in and travelling from the United States will be permitted entry.
  3. And, just like Canadian travellers, Americans must submit their travel information — including vaccination documents — using the ArriveCAN app or by registering online within 72 hours before their arrival.
  4. All fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada must still provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test taken within 72 hours of arrival. Air passengers need to take the test within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of their final direct flight to Canada.
  5. Now, vaccinated US travellers will get to skip the government-administered post-arrival COVID-19 test — unless they’re randomly selected to take it.

Canada will also start allowing unvaccinated children under the age of 12 and travelling with fully vaccinated parents to skip quarantine as of August 9th..

As of July 5:

Travel Within Canada: COVID-19 Travel Restrictions loosening

Travel Within Canada is now still limited, with many carriers limiting or temporarily ceasing air connections and reducing passenger numbers on flights to improve Social Distancing. We have listed provincial restrictions and guidelines from East to West.

Authorities are guided by (a) their Health officials and (b) common sense, which can change from day to day.

RECOMMENDED: Plan your travel itinerary to minimize stops for gas, and meals on your trip home

COVID-19 travel updates

Newfoundland & Labrador (NL travel info)

As of July 1:

  • Travel restrictions that limit entry into the province will be lifted. Travellers will not require approval or a specific purpose of travel to enter Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Fully vaccinated travellers will have no testing or self-isolation requirements.
  • All travellers permitted to enter Newfoundland and Labrador, except those from the Atlantic Provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island), are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival; Be tested during their 14-day self-isolation period;
  • Partially vaccinated travellers must upload a negative COVID-19 test result to the new Travel Form administered up to three days prior to their departure date.
  • continue to Wear a mask; Practice physical distancing;

Effective July 4th on Newfoundland Ferries:

  • You can move around the vessel and enjoy more of our amenities both inside and outside.
  • Limited food services will be available on board our vessels, starting July 4 for the Argentia service and the week of July 5 for the Gulf service.

Nova Scotia (NS travel info)

As of June 28:

  • Everyone who travels from outside Atlantic Canada (including if you’re travelling through Nova Scotia to another destination) needs to apply to travel to Nova Scotia by completing the Safe Check-in Form, including most travellers who are exempt from self-isolation. They may need to self-isolate when they arrive in Nova Scotia for up to 14 days. (still some restrictions in effect, on who is eligible to enter NS!)
  • Travellers that have already self-isolated in Atlantic Canada (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador), may enter Nova Scotia without self-isolating again.
  • People who are fully vaccinated (2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine) at least 14 days before arriving in Nova Scotia don’t need to self-isolate
  • People who are not vaccinated (0 doses of COVID-19 vaccine) at least 14 days before arriving in Nova Scotia must self-isolate for 14 days; testing is recommended at the start and end of your self-isolation
  • If you’re travelling through Nova Scotia to another province you should make as few stops in Nova Scotia as possible. and follow social distancing guidelines with people who are not travelling with you.
  • Provide proof of permanent residency if you’re a permanent resident of Atlantic Canada

PEI (PEI travel info)

As of June 27th:

  • Non-essential travel outside of the Atlantic provinces is not recommended
  • Visitors from outside of NB, NS, and NL must receive pre-travel approval under an eligible travel stream
  • No self-isolation for fully or partially vaccinated travellers who have been in the Atlantic provinces for at least 14 days, with testing
  • Individuals (i.e. not a recognized business or organization) can host up to 50 people
  • Recognized businesses and organizations can have organized gatherings, including on personal property, with an operational plan of up to 50 people; additional multiples of 50 permitted with a prior approval of the operational plan (up to 200 total)
  • In Restaurants: Table size of 20, with physical distancing between tables

New Brunswick (NB Travel Info)

As of July 30:

New Brunswick  all provincial border restrictions; provincial border checks will cease, and pre-registration will no longer be required to enter New Brunswick from anywhere in Canada

As of June 16:

Other Provinces

Quebec (QU travel info)

See Quebec’s Coronavirus page (in English)
As of January 1, 2022:

  • Travel affected by a 10 pm to 5 am curfew (only posted exemption was for travel to a court appearance or under court order)

As of June 30:

  • Travel into or through Quebec is now open
  • Access is not allowed at this time to Nunavik and the Cree Territory of James Bay. A reopening plan will be announced at a later date.
  • Indoor gatherings: Maximum of 10 people from different addresses or the occupants from 3 households. Outdoor gatherings: Maximum of 20 people from different addresses or the occupants from 3 households. In Restaurants: Maximum 10 people or 3 private residences can share the same table.
  • Museums & attractions open, but face-coverings mandatory

Ontario (ON travel info)

Ontario COVID -19 News

As of June 30:

  • only travel out of the province if it is essential
  • self-isolate for 14 days when arriving in or returning to Ontario
  • When you go out, you must use a face covering (non-medical mask such as a cloth mask) in public indoor spaces

Manitoba (MB travel info)

Manitoba COVID response page

As of August 27, 2021

  • Fully vaccinated (two doses) individuals can now travel within Canada without being required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival back in the province.
  • 14 days of self-isolation is still required for people returning or coming to Manitoba from all jurisdictions if they have received one or no vaccine doses.
  • All travellers are strongly advised get two COVID-19 tests — one on the day of arrival, and another on the 10th day after arriving in Manitoba regardless of if they are displaying symptoms, and whether they are visiting Manitoba or are returning from out of the country.
  • No indoor private gatherings are permitted.
  • 25 people maximum are permitted in outdoor public spaces.
  • A person who enters or remains in an indoor public place must wear a mask in a manner that covers their mouth, nose and chin without gapping.
  • Travel north of the 53rd parallel is not permitted.

NOTE: Manitoba, since summer 2020, considers travelling across Manitoba  in your car as the equivalent of “self isolating”. As long as you do pay-at-the-pump gas, take-out or drive-through dining, and stay at a hotel, motel or campground close to the Highway highway. 

You only have to self-isolate for 14 days if you are ENDING UP in Manitoba.

Saskatchewan (SK travel info)

Saskatchewan COVID restrictions

As of June 29th:

  • Travel into province not restricted
  • Private indoor gatherings are limited to 15 or fewer people. Outdoor gatherings limited to maximum 150 people.

Alberta (AB travel info)

Alberta COVID-19 Updates and news

As of July 1:

  • Travel into province not restricted
  • The general indoor provincial mask mandate will be lifted, but masking may still be required in limited and specific settings. Still up to municpal guidelines/bylaws.
  • All restrictions lifted, including ban on indoor social gatherings.

British Columbia (BC travel info)

BC COVID updates and news

As of July 1:

  • If you travel to B.C. for essential reasons from another province or territory, you do not need to self-quarantine when entering B.C. You must follow the same province-wide restrictions as everyone in B.C.
  • Masks are recommended in public indoor settings for all people 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated. You’re fully vaccinated 14 days after dose 2.
  • Recreational travel across B.C. is allowed. Some Indigenous communities in B.C. are not welcoming visitors at this time.

The Territories

Because of limited medical facilities within their jurisdictions, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut have imposed VERY STRICT travel restrictions into their jurisdictions. All non-essential travel into the territories and the north are prohibited.


as of May 25th:

  • If you’ve received your final dose of a Health Canada-approved vaccine at least 14 days before entering Yukon you are not required to self-isolate.
  • If you’re arriving in Yukon and are not fully vaccinated, you must self-isolate for 14 days using 1 of these options.
  • maintain social distancing and masking practices in public places
  • indoor Gatherings: up to 20 people with physical distance between people who are not in the same social bubble. People must wear masks in public places. Outdoor gatherings: 100 people with physical distancing between people who are not in the same social bubble.
  • Bars and restaurants will be able to return to full capacity for table service.