What CAA Members need to know about COVID-19.
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.
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 for the latest travel requirements, and check lists of what to do before you travel, during your travel, travelling back to Canada, and upon arrival in Canada
- 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
- Sign up with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service to stay connected with the Government of Canada in case of an emergency abroad or an emergency at home
The current travel advisory advising Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice, 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 still remain valid.
Travel between Canada and the United States.
To limit the spread of COVID-19, American and Canadian authorities announced the temporary restriction all non-essential travel across their land borders until further notice. As a result, you will not be allowed to cross the border for recreation or tourism.
Travellers flying from Canada may be allowed entry if they meet the additional requirements below:
- You may have to self-isolate upon arrival depending on the state you are visiting and provide your accommodations details to local authorities
- All air passengers to the U.S., 2 years or older, including those in transit, are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours prior to their departure:
American authorities accept both antigen and molecular tests. However, they may impose additional requirements without notice and your travel plans could be severely disrupted. You should not depend on the Government of Canada for assistance related to changes to your travel plans.
- Monitor local media for the latest information
- Contact your airline or tour operator to determine if the situation will disrupt your travel plans
- Contact the nearest foreign diplomatic office for information on destination-specific restrictions
Travellers coming from various countries who are not American citizens or permanent residents may be subject to an entry ban. This is also valid for travellers in transit. If you are a Canadian-American dual-national citizen travelling by air from the US to Canada, you should bring your valid Canadian passport to board your flight. While Canadian-American dual-nationals have been able to fly between the US and Canada on their American passports, some travellers have been denied boarding even with a proof of Canadian citizenship.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
Avoid all cruise ship travel.
Canada is advising Canadian citizens and permanent residents to avoid all travel on cruise ships outside Canada until further notice.
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.
Cruise ship outbreaks of COVID-19 indicate that a large number of individuals onboard can become infected.
As the COVID-19 situation evolves, many countries have put policies and restrictions in order to contain the outbreak. These restrictions may impact the following:
- 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
- It is unlikely that there would be a government-organized repatriation flight to return to Canada
For information on domestic cruises and passenger vessels, refer to the following: COVID-19 measures, updates, and guidance for marine transportation issued by Transport Canada