Entering Canada - Flying to Canada

Anyone who is entering Canada via air travel, regardless of citizenship, is required to follow testing and quarantine requirements as laid out by the government of Canada.

Prior to travel, please keep in mind the following procedures:

- Get your pre-entry COVID-19 test
All travelers over the age of 5 years old must provide proof of a negative molecular COVID-19 test that was taken within 72 hours of their scheduled flight to Canada. Please note an antigen test will not be accepted. For a list of accepted types of tests, please visit the following site.

- Download the ArriveCAN app on your smart phone
You will be required to submit your information via the ArriveCAN app. This includes your contact information, your quarantine plan and COVID-19 symptom self-assessment. When arriving in the country, ensure you are able to show the border agents the receipt output from this app once completed. Further details on the ArriveCAN app can be found here.

- Secure mandatory 3-night hotel stopover
Prior to flying into Canada, you are required to secure a 3-night stay at a government-authorized hotel. Information on booking and exceptions can be found at the government of Canada website. Ensure that you keep a copy of your booking information to show when entering the country and that the 6-digit trip reference code is input to ArriveCAN.

- Secure your quarantine plan for when you enter the country
At this time, the government of Canada is requiring that all travelers entering the country must quarantine for 14 days minimum. These plans must be submitted via the ArriveCAN app prior to departure. For a detailed description on the requirements of the quarantine plan, please visit the following government website. Please also see the York University Quarantine Plan page for the university's quarantine requirements.

Once you have arrived in Canada ensure you complete the following:

  • Have your ArriveCAN receipt, test results, hotel confirmation and quarantine plan ready for assessment
  • Take a test upon arrival in Canada
  • Go directly to pre-booked hotel (mandatory 3-night stay) to await test results
  • If test results are negative, continue the 14-day quarantine at your pre-planned quarantine location
  • Use ArriveCAN to confirm arrival at your quarantine/isolation address provided within 48 hours of entry
  • Use ArriveCAN to check in and report daily your COVID-19 symptom self-assessment

Further details can be found here.