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Canada (YVR, YYZ) 

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Travel Restrictions

The travel restrictions in place allows certain categories of foreign nationals to travel to Canada under the following circumstances:

  • If they do not exhibit COVID-19 symptoms (i.e. a fever and cough, OR a fever and breathing difficulties) AND
  • If they do not intend to travel to Canada for optional or discretionary purposes such as tourism, recreation, or entertainment.
  • If they can comply with the requirement to quarantine under the Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order (Quarantine, Isolation and Other Obligations).;

If meeting these three criteria, here are the exemptions to the travel restrictions that will allow foreign nationals to travel to Canada:

  • Immediate family member of Canadian citizens and permanent residents or person registered as an Indian under the Indian Act;
  • An extended family member of a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident or person registered as an Indian under the Indian Act; if they have a statutory declaration attesting to their relationship with the Canadian citizen or permanent resident that is signed by the Canadian citizen or permanent resident; and are authorized, in writing, by an officer designated under subsection 6(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, to enter Canada;
  • A person who is authorized, in writing, by an officer designated under subsection 6(1) of IRPA, to enter Canada for the purpose of reuniting immediate family members;
  • Crew member;
  • Accredited diplomat and their immediate family members, including representative from the United Nations and international organizations for which Canada is part of;
  • A person travelling at the invitation of the Minister of Health for the purpose of assisting in the COVID-19 response;
  • Person who arrives by means of an aircraft operated by the Canadian Forces or the Department of National Defense;
  • Member of the Canadian military, visiting forces, and their immediate family members;
  • A person or any person in class of persons who, in the opinion of the Chief Public Health Officer:
    • does not pose a risk of significant harm to the public health, or
    • will provide an essential service while in Canada;
  • A person or any person in a class of persons whose presence in Canada, as determined by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Immigration, or Public Safety, is in the national interest*;
  • A person who holds a valid study or work permit for Canada;
  • A person whose application for a work permit in Canada was approved, and who received written notice but has not yet been issued the permit;
  • A person who seeks to enter Canada for the purpose of attending a listed institution, and the immediate family members of that person other than a dependent child of a dependent child of the person, if the person holds a valid study permit, as defined in section 2 of the IRPR, if the person may apply for a study permit when entering Canada under section 214 of the IRPR, or if the person’s application for a study permit was approved under IRPA and they received written notice of the approval but have not yet been issued the permit;
  • A person permitted to work in Canada as a student in a health field or as a provider of emergency health services;
  • A licensed health care professional with proof of employment in Canada;
  • A person who seeks to enter Canada for the purpose of delivering, maintaining, or repairing medically necessary equipment or devices;
  • A person who seeks to enter Canada for the purpose of making medical deliveries of cells, blood and blood products, tissues, organs or other body parts, that are required for patient care in Canada during or within a reasonable period of time after the expiry of the Order;
  • A person whose application for permanent residence in Canada was approved, and who received written notice of the approval before noon (EDT) on March 18, 2020, but has not yet become a permanent resident;
  • A worker in the marine transportation sector who is essential for the movement of goods by vessel, and who seeks to enter Canada for the purpose of performing their duties in that sector;
  • A person who seeks to enter Canada to take up post as a diplomat, consular officer, representative or official of a country other than Canada, of the United Nations or any of its agencies or of any intergovernmental organization of which Canada is a member, and the immediate family members of that person;
  • A person who arrives at a Canadian airport aboard a commercial passenger conveyance and who is transiting to a country other than Canada and remains in a sterile transit area.
  • A person who seeks to enter Canada on board a vessel, as defined in section 2 of the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, that is engaged in research and that is operated by or under the authority of the Government of Canada or at its request or operated by a provincial government, a local authority or a government, council or other entity authorized to act on behalf of an Indigenous group.
  • A person who is a high performance amateur athletes or as a person deemed to have an essential role in relation to an international single sporting event, in possession of a Minister of Canadian Heritage PCH (PCH) quarantine exemption authorization letter.
   Read the complete CANADA Travel Dashboard as of February 21, 2021

   Read Canada Travel Restrictions in Effect

COVID-19 Health Requirements

MUST READ! Phase 4: New Travel Requirements 

  • Reminder to passengers:
    • All travelers whose final destination is Canada must submit their information electronically through ArriveCAN before they board their flight or before arrival at a land border crossing.
    • All travelers must use ArriveCAN or call the 1-833-641-0343 toll-free number to:
      • confirm they have arrived at a government-authorized hotel or the address they provided for their place of quarantine or isolation within 48 hours of entering Canada; and,
      • complete a daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessment during their 14-day quarantine period.
    • For general inquiries, basic troubleshooting and navigational support, travellers can call (from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET on statutory holidays):
      • From Canada or the U.S. at 1-833-283-07403 (toll-free)
      • From abroad at 613-954-8485
      • Using teletypewriter (TTY) at 1-800-465-7735 (Canada and the U.S. only)

All arriving passengers, aged five or older, including Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, and persons registered as Indian under the Indian Act, traveling to Canada are required to: 

  • Provide a written or electronic documentation showing they received a NEGATIVE molecular COVID-19 test (RT-PCR or RT-LAMP) conducted within 72 hours prior to their initial scheduled time of departure; or 
  • A written or electronic documentation of a prior COVID positive test conducted between 14 – 90 days before the initial scheduled time of departure. (For clarity, travelers cannot travel before the 15th day after their test.)
Proof of test must include the: traveler’s name and date of birth; name and address of the laboratory that administered the test; date the specimen was collected; test method used; and test result.

This health requirement along with other required documents must be presented upon check-in at the airport. Failure to comply with this requirement may result to non-acceptance to take the flight. Failure of Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents to comply with this requirement may also result to a $3,000 fine or criminal prosecution.

In addition, effective February 22, 2021, passengers shall also be required to: 

  • Take a COVID-19 test molecular test when they arrive in Canada before exiting the airport;
  • Take another COVID-19 test toward the end of their 14-day quarantine period (10th day), and
  • Prior to departure, reserve a 3-night stay in a government-approved hotel at their own expense while they await the results of the test taken upon their arrival. Passengers may visit Canada’s booking and list of government-approved hotels webpage for additional guidance and information.
           Travelers who provide a proof of positive test result taken between 14-90 days before departure
           to Canada in lieu of a negative test will be exempt from testing upon arrival and during quarantine.
           They are also exempt from the mandatory 3-night stay at a government-approved
           accommodation but must still quarantine for 14 days at a suitable place of quarantine. 

Unaccompanied minors (below 19 years of age) and young persons are exempt from the requirement to stay at a government-approved hotel but must still quarantine for 14 days at a suitable quarantine location.

Important note related to Unaccompanied Minors (UM) below 19 years of age:

  • Not exempt from quarantine
  • Not exempt from pre-arrival testing requirement unless 4 years old and under
  • They are exempt from post-arrival PCR test. However, they are subjected to an alternative testing protocol (ATP)
  • They are exempt from staying in a government approved facility.

Please ensure that there will be a guardian to meet UMs upon arrival at YVR or YYZ. UM (8-11) are not allowed to continue journey on Air Canada or WestJet. Young Passengers (YP, 12-18) are allowed to continue their journey to the final destination. UM/YP are not allowed to travel together due a YP cannot take care of UM.

Passengers must digitally submit their travel and contact information, proof of reservation, and quarantine plan (unless exempt), and a COVID-19 symptom self-assessment before their flight using  ArriveCAN. All travelers arriving to Canada must also continue to submit COVID-19 related information daily throughout the quarantine period.

These new regulations also cover travelers with connecting flights.

Any traveler who refuses to take a Covid-19 test upon arrival may be subject to a fine of up to $3,000

Violations of mandatory isolation or mandatory quarantine requirements or the Canadian Quarantine Act and may lead to up to six months in prison and/or up to $750,000 in fines. 

Willful or reckless violation of the Quarantine Act and Canadian regulations that results to a risk if imminent death or serious bodily harm to another person, including submission of false information regarding an individual’s quarantine plan, are punishable by a fine of up to $1,000,000 or up to three years imprisonment or both.  

Passengers may be denied boarding for failure to provide the required Covid-19 test result. Failure to comply with all Canadian travel the requirements, and knowingly and willfully making false or fraudulent statements, or concealing information, and any violation of the Canadian Quarantine Act are is subject to criminal penalties such as fines and/or imprisonment under Canada law.


  • COVID test reports should be in either English or French where possible in addition to, if applicable, the language used where the tests are conducted.
  • Step-by-step infographic when traveling to Canada 
  • Useful references regarding Pre-Departure COVID-19 Testing:
  •  The 72-hour window is based on the IATA filed Scheduled Time of Departure. Passengers must obtain valid test results within 72 hours of the original STD even if the flight is significantly delayed.
  • Please find the link to the latest Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) information on the types of accepted molecular tests on the Government of Canada website – here. Scroll down to the “Flight Requirement” section and click on “Types of accepted molecular tests” to see the list.
  • At this time, proof of having a vaccine will not replace a negative test result.
  • Exempted from this requirement are airline crew members (cargo and passenger flights) and children 5 years old and below. 
  • Read Exemptions to the Testing Requirement and from staying at a Government-approved Accommodation 
  • The PCR test will not replace the 14-day quarantine. All passengers must continue their 14-day isolation requirement.
  • Crew members are not allowed to leave the hotel premises unless it is time for their departure.
  • Passengers must be tested at a government-accredited COVID-19 health facility: https://doh.gov.ph/licensed-covid-19-testing-laboratories
  • Passengers can arrange for their RT-PCR Test through the PAL testing facility at Philippine Airlines Learning Center or with PAL Testing Partners: https://www.philippineairlines.com/en/ph/home/covid-19/DepartingFromThePH/PAL_COVID-19_TestingPartners
  • Passengers travelling from a country where PCR testing is unavailable, the passenger will, upon arrival, be required to go to a designated Public Health Agency of Canada quarantine facility for the duration of their mandatory 14-day quarantine.
  • It is mandatory for all travelers flying to Canada to submit their COVID-related information digitally through ArriveCAN.  Use the ArriveCAN app or website to speed up your arrival process in Canada and spend less time with border and public health officers. 
  • All travelers must plan for their mandatory 14-day quarantine period, which starts on the date they arrive. Government of Canada representatives will conduct health screenings at the time of entry to Canada and let passengers know if they need to quarantine or isolate.
  • The hotel booking information is available in this link https://bit.ly/CAN-Hotels. Passengers may also call the following numbers to reserve and pay for their mandatory 3-night hotel [dictate number/s to passenger]:
    • 1-800-294-8253 (toll-free within North America)
    • 1-613-830-2992 (collect outside of North America)

  • It is the responsibility of the traveler to ensure that they have a confirmed Government-approved accommodation (GAA) booking prior to boarding flight coming into Canada. Failure to provide evidence of pre-paid accommodation at a GAA prior to may result in enforcement action in Canada, including a fine of $3,000.
  • It is important to note that passengers will not be denied boarding if they do not have a pre-paid hotel booking. Should the traveler arrive in Canada without the pre-paid hotel booking, they will be referred to public health officials for further direction.

VANCOUVER (YVR)

  • Passengers bound for Vancouver may directly book their government-approved hotel in through this government designated phone number 1-800-294-8253
  • Passengers can call the following three hotels directly and must request the Government Authorized Accommodation (GAA) rate which includes meals, security, transport, etc.
    • Abercorn Inn Vancouver Airport: 855-516-1092
    • Sandman Hotel Vancouver Airport: 604-303-8888
    • Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport: 604-278-5555

                                                                      


TORONTO (YYZ)

  • Effective Monday, February 1, 2021 at 12pm,  all arriving international and transborder passengers terminating in Toronto and those connecting to other locations within the Province of Ontario (e.g. Passengers flying from London Heathrow to Toronto and then onwards to Ottawa) will be required to test upon arrival at Toronto Pearson. Passengers connecting on the same day to other Canadian provinces and territories or international destinations are not required to test.
  • Passengers will be tested in the already established testing centers located on the arrival levels of Terminals 1 and 3.
  • Passengers must pre-register for testing in advance prior to their arrival into Toronto. This can be done at: https://www.switchhealth.ca/en/travel/pearson/.
  • Regularly check list of government-approved YYZ hotels at https://bit.ly/CAN-Hotels
  • Download the poster or Scan the QR Code to register:
  • Mandatory Testing poster 
  • QR Code
                                                               
  • As Canada transitions to its new requirements, passengers might experience potential delays or challenges as they proceed with their onward connecting flight.
    • Passengers may transit to the US or any other country and remain in a sterile area until they leave Canada. But in the event of a delayed inbound flight or delay on baggage delivery, passengers must follow the same quarantine requirements in the Canadian Order in Council the same as what is imposed to passengers landing in Canada.
    • If connecting domestically, you must undergo testing and hotel requirement in the city you arrive in.
    • Please be reminded that in the event of a delayed flight or cancellation, it is highly recommended that PAL passengers immediately rebook their onward flight. You may contact our Global Reservations Hotline +632 8855 8888 or 1-800-435-9725 to rebook your onward flight. Rebooking terms and conditions apply.
  • Calgary (YYC): No pre-registration available at this time, government officials will refer travelers to the testing area upon arrival.
  • Montreal-Trudeau (YUL): https://info.biron.ca/inscription-yul

Required Forms

Other Requirements

  • Sea crew requirements:

-     Seafarers are exempted to pre-register a government-approved hotel provided that they directly proceed to their vessel upon arrival.

-     Valid Seaman's Visa

-     Seaman's Book

-     Original Copy of the Letter of Guarantee


Other Information

  • For the latest advice, information and resources, go to:

-      https://www.canada.ca

-      https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

-      Pre-departure COVID-19 testing for all travelers coming to Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2020/12/pre-departure-covid-19-testing-and-negative-results-to-be-required-for-all-air-travellers-coming-to-canada.html

-      https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/philippines

-      Entering Canada by Air during COVID-19 infographic

-      Travel Wizard: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/wizard-start


  • Notice on CBSA’s Authority to collect advance passenger information:

-          The CBSA is authorized to collect advance arrival information (under subsection 107.1(1) of the Customs Act and paragraph 148(1)(d) of the IRPA), as well as advance departure information and exit records (section 93 of the Customs Act and section 11 of the EIR). The CBSA uses the prescribed information to identify persons who may pose a threat to Canada's safety or security. For travelers coming to Canada, these persons may be subject to investigation, and may undergo closer questioning or examination upon arrival. The CBSA also uses the prescribed information to validate, prior to departure, that all incoming air travelers hold a prescribed document to enter Canada or are exempt from that requirement, or are a prescribed person. For departing travelers, the CBSA will use advance exit information only to better identify high-risk persons and goods that depart, or intend to depart, Canada. CBSA entry and exit records may be shared with other government departments for immigration, social benefits or law enforcement purposes. All travelers may request a copy of the prescribed entry and exit information provided about them by making a request in writing to the CBSA. Travelers can obtain more information by consulting the API/PNR, IAPI and Air Exit programs website.

  • Read: Information on Canada Facemask Requirement

-          Non-Medical Mask Requirement

-          Allowed Vs. Not Allowed Facemasks

             -           Facemask Requirement Penalties

Travel Advisory

  • As of April 14, 2021

-      Toronto Pearson Testing Study Services

       Passengers in need of predeparture COVID-19 test can now receive testing on site at Toronto Pearson International Airport, made available as part of a research study – https://www.torontopearson.com/testing