What CAA Members need to know about COVID-19.
Know what's happening.
Keep yourself informed before you travel and check for any restrictions that may impact you prior to embarking on your trip.
- Consult your airline, cruise line, or tour operator
- Check with your destination country’s official government website or our Ministry of Tourism’s website
- Check with your Travel Consultant. If you’ve booked your travel through CAA, you can find a full online directory of CAA South Central Ontario Travel Consultants
- Carefully review your travel insurance policy to fully understand your coverage level and how any travel restrictions may impact you.
Travel outside of Canada.
Canadians are advised to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice.
New restrictions may be imposed with little warning. Your travel plans may be severely disrupted and you may be forced to remain outside of Canada longer than expected. Contact your CAA Travel Consultant to determine options for cancelling or postponing your trip. You can find a full online directory of CAA South Central Ontario Travel Consultants.
If you are still considering travelling or are already outside of Canada:
- Check your destination’s safety and security, entry/exit requirements and health sections here
- Get the Government of Canada’s latest updates on COVID-19
- Check the Pandemic COVID-19 travel health notice
- Find out what commercial options are still available to return to Canada. Consider returning to Canada earlier than planned if these options are becoming more limited
- Ensure that you have sufficient finances and necessities, including medication, in case your travels are disrupted
- Check with your travel insurance provider to know more about their policies related to COVID-19. Find out if you are covered for medical treatment if you become infected with COVID-19 as well as for extended stays outside of Canada.
This advisory overrides all other risk levels, with the exception of areas for which the Government of Canada advises to avoid all travel (including regional advisories). The avoid all travel advisories remain valid.
Travel between Canada and the United States.
To limit the spread of COVID-19, American and Canadian authorities announced their intention to temporarily restrict all non-essential travel across the US-Canada border. As a result, you will not be allowed to cross the border for recreation or tourism. However, if you cross the border daily to do essential work or if the reason for your travel is essential, you will be able to enter the country.
The start date and duration of the temporary border closure are expected to be announced soon.
If you are currently travelling in the United States:
- Consider returning to Canada as soon as possible.
- Expect longer wait time at border crossing points.
- Comply with any restrictive measures and directives issued by local authorities such as self-isolation and quarantine orders.
Travel to China:
- Canadians are advised to avoid all non-essential travel to China.
- Additionally, Canadians are advised to avoid ALL travel to Hubei Province, China due to the imposition of strict travel and movement restrictions currently in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.
- If you must travel to China, please be aware of the Government of Canada’s current recommendations for safety and security while there.
Travel to France:
- Canadians are advised to exercise a high degree of caution for travel in France.
- The Government of France has imposed restrictive measures throughout the country to control the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
- Starting March 17, 2020, all non-essential movement outdoors is prohibited across the country, for a period of at least 15 days. You must remain inside your accommodation unless you have an essential reason to travel. Some exceptions include trips to buy food and medication, to seek medical assistance, to exercise alone and to make your way to the airport. If you leave your accommodation, you must have a completed self-declaration form on hand justifying your movement. You could be fined for non-compliance of these measures.
- Public transportation is still available but could become increasingly limited.
- Travel to certain regions of the country may be restricted.
If you are in France:
- Canadians are advised to avoid all non-essential travel to Italy due to movement restrictions put in place to control the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
- Monitor the news for the latest developments on the evolving situation.
Travel to Italy:
- Comply with the measures imposed by local authorities.
- The Government of Italy has imposed restrictive measures throughout the country and has set the following measures. From March 9 to April 3, 2020:
- Travel to and from Italy is controlled
- Schools, museums and cultural sites are closed
- Public and private events are suspended
- Strict movement restrictions are in place. You must remain inside your accommodation unless it is necessary for you to go to work, buy food or medication, seek health care or return home. You must have a completed self declaration form on hand justifying your movement if you leave your accommodation.
- Many businesses are closed. Airports, railway stations, supermarkets, pharmacies and essential public services such as banks and post offices remain operational.
- Health screenings are conducted in many locations, including along major highways and transport lines. Further measures may be imposed as the situation evolves.
- It could be increasingly difficult to leave the country. Although some airlines have suspended or reduced flights to and from Italy, commercial flights are still available. You should not depend on the Government of Canada for assistance related to changes to your travel plans.
- If you must travel to Italy, please be aware of the Government of Canada’s current travel advice and advisories page here.
Travel to Iran:
- Canadians are advised to avoid all travel to Iran due to travel restrictions imposed following the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
- If you must travel to this region, please be aware of the Government of Canada’s current travel advice and advisories page on travel to Iran.
Travel to South Korea and Japan:
- Due to the spread of COVID-19, Canadians are advised by the Government of Canada to exercise a high degree of caution if travelling to South Korea, and to avoid all non-essential travel to the cities of Daegu and Chengdo. You are also recommended to exercise a high degree of caution if travelling to Japan.
- In South Korea, cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in all provinces. Visit the Government of Canada’s travel advice and advisories page for up to date information on travel to South Korea.
- In Japan, cases of community spread of COVID-19 have been reported. Visit the Government of Canada’s travel advice and advisories page for up to date information on travel to Japan.
Travel to Israel:
The Government of Israel has imposed a 14-day home quarantine for anyone entering its territory. You will be refused entry if you cannot prove that you have adequate lodging in which to self-isolate. You cannot do so in commercial accommodations, including hotels and vacation rentals.
- Monitor the media for the latest information
- Contact your airline or tour operator to determine if the situation will disrupt your travel plans
- Government of Canada information on travel to Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip
For more information on entry restrictions, visit the Israeli Ministry of Health.
Other travel restrictions:
Some countries have put entry requirements and restrictions in place in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are a traveller who has transited through or have been to Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Iran, Japan, South Korea and Italy, you may be subject to these restrictions. Additionally, those who may have come in contact with people who reside in these areas may also be subject to these travel restrictions. Some airlines and cruise lines have also implemented advisories denying boarding to people with a passport from China, Hong Kong, or Macau.
Avoid all cruise ship travel.
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is recommending that Canadians avoid all cruise ship travel due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.
Cruise passengers include travellers from around the world who may be arriving from areas with known or unknown spread of COVID-19. The virus can spread quickly on board cruises due to the close contact between passengers. Older people and people with a weakened immune system or underlying medical condition are at a higher risk of developing severe disease.
Recent cruise ship outbreaks of COVID-19 indicate that a large number of individuals onboard can become infected. While the majority of affected passengers may experience mild symptoms, there have been a significant number of cases requiring hospitalization and critical care, and some deaths have been reported.
As the situation evolves, many countries are implementing policies and restrictions in order to contain the outbreak. These restrictions may impact a cruise traveller's:
- Ability to disembark
- Access to health care
If an outbreak of COVID-19 occurs on your cruise ship:
- You could be subject to quarantine procedures, on-board ship or in a foreign country
- The range of consular services available to those on cruise ships, in particular in situations of quarantine, may be significantly restricted by local authorities
- Upon return to Canada, you will be required to remain in mandatory isolation for 14 days at a location determined by the Chief Public Health Officer as per the terms of any applicable emergency orders
The decision on Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease in Canada Order (Persons Not on Government Flight) is effective from February 19 to April 30, 2020
Canadians who choose to voyage on a cruise ship should also be aware that they may not be offered the opportunity to return to Canada on a government-organized repatriation flight, or could be responsible for the costs of repatriation travel.
Information for foreign nationals.
To find the most accurate information on foreign missions, consulates and international organizations in Canada and persons occupying a bilateral or multilateral posting, visit the Foreign Representatives in Canada website.