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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  Wednesday June 30, 2021

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

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, New Brunswick, 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.

July 16: Newsflash – Canadian borders may be opening soon for double-vacinated Americans

In a story on CBC today, there are signs that the Canada-US border may be opening soon to those double-vaccinated against COVID. Watch for updates her on TransCanadHighway.com.  In other news on July 15, the federal government announced that Cruise ships may  stop in Canada again. after November 1st.l

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 is not allowed until AT LEAST July  22, 2021  (per June 2021 announcement).

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.

 

Prior to July 5, 2021:

  • all travellers regardless of vaccination status, must follow testing and quarantine requirements, including the hotel stopover for travellers arriving by air.

As of July 5:

COVID-19 Travel Restrictions are loosening (July 2021)

COVID-19 Travel Restrictions - Wear a facemask during COVID

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

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. https://www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/travel/travel-restrictions/
  • 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. https://www.novascotia.ca/travel-declaration (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 https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/justice-and-public-safety/pre-travel-approval-process
  • 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 June 16:

Other Provinces

Quebec (QU travel info)

See Quebec’s Coronavirus page (in English)
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 June 26:

  • 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.

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.

Yukon

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.
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