fbpx

Travel During COVID‑19: A Resource for Canadians

As the global outlook for international travel begins to rebound, there is a large and ever-growing body of information on which travellers must stay well-informed, as it relates to countries reopening, travel testing availability, quarantine policies, and flexible policies and measures put forth by loyalty programs and airlines.

This page tracks all the information you need to know about Travel During COVID-19 as a traveller based in Canada. Information has been gathered from a variety of sources and will be kept up-to-date on a regular basis.

On This Page

Provinces and Territories Open to Canadians Without Quarantine

COVID-19 Statistics
Per 100K
Data not available.
New Cases
###
14-day average
Active Cases
###
today
First Doses
No Data
population: ###
Fully Vaccinated
No Data

Open,
no testing required

Open, 
testing required

Open, if vaccinated

Atlantic Canada

  • Newfoundland and Labrador (partially vaccinated)

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

  • New Brunswick (partial or fully vaccinated)

  • Nova Scotia

  • Prince Edward Island

Territories

  • Nunavut

  • Yukon

Rest of Canada

  • Alberta

  • British Columbia

  • Manitoba

  • Ontario

  • Quebec

  • Saskatchewan

Destinations Reopening to Canadians Without Quarantine

COVID-19 Statistics
Per 100K
Data not available.
New Cases
###
14-day average
Active Cases
###
today
First Doses
No Data
population: ###
Fully Vaccinated
No Data

Open to Canadians,
no testing required

Open to Canadians,
testing required

Open to Canadians, if vaccinated

North America

  • Costa Rica

  • Dominican Republic

  • Mexico

  • Anguilla

  • Antigua & Barbuda

  • Aruba

  • Bahamas

  • Barbados (2–3 days' restricted movement in hotel)

  • Belize

  • Bermuda

  • Bonaire

  • Cuba

  • Curaçao

  • Dominica (5 days' restricted movement in hotel)

  • El Salvador

  • Grenada (4 days' restricted movement in hotel)

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Jamaica

  • Nicaragua

  • Panama

  • Puerto Rico

  • Saba

  • St. Lucia (14 days' restricted movement in hotel)

  • St Kitts and Nevis (7 days' restricted movement in hotel)

  • Sint Eustatius

  • Sint Maarten

  • Turks & Caicos

  • United States

  • US Virgin Islands

  • British Virgin Islands*

South America

  • Colombia

  • Bolivia

  • Brazil

  • Chile

  • Guyana

  • Paraguay

  • Ecuador

Europe

  • Albania

  • Belgium

  • Estonia

  • Netherlands

  • North Macedonia

  • Armenia

  • Austria

  • Bosnia & Herzegovina

  • Bulgaria

  • Croatia

  • Cyprus

  • Denmark

  • Kosovo

  • France

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Italy

  • Latvia

  • Lichtenstein

  • Luxembourg

  • Montenegro

  • Poland

  • Portugal

  • Romania

  • Serbia

  • Slovenia

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Ukraine

  • Austria

  • Bosnia & Herzegovina

  • Bulgaria

  • Croatia

  • Cyprus

  • Denmark

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • France

  • Georgia

  • Germany

  • Iceland*

  • Ireland

  • Italy

  • Lichtenstein

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Poland

  • Romania

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • Spain

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

Africa

  • Botswana

  • Cape Verde

  • DR Congo

  • Egypt

  • Gambia

  • Ghana

  • Guinea

  • Guinea-Bissau

  • Ivory Coast

  • Kenya

  • Mali

  • Mauritania

  • Morocco

  • Mozambique

  • Namibia

  • Rwanda

  • São Tomé and Príncipe

  • Seychelles

  • South Africa

  • Sudan

  • Tanzania

  • Tunisia

  • Uganda

  • Zambia

Asia

  • Bahrain (up to 48-hour quarantine while waiting for on-arrival test results)

  • Jordan

  • Kyrgyzstan

  • Nepal

  • Oman

  • Pakistan

  • Sri Lanka (14 days' restricted movement in hotel)

  • Thailand (Phuket)

  • United Arab Emirates

  • Uzbekistan

  • Lebanon

  • Maldives

Oceania

  • French Polynesia*

*COVID-19 test also required.

Whether or not mixed-dose vaccines are seen as “fully vaccinated” differs by country and we recommend reaching out to the airline and/or embassy to confirm. As this is a concern uniquely related to Canadians, information is often not publicized or announced.

Sources (with more information on each country’s policy):

Testing & Quarantine Policy for Canadians Upon Return

All persons entering Canada will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 result administered within 72 hours prior to boarding a flight to Canada.

(Prince of Travel)

Fully vaccinated persons entering Canada will no longer have to undergo hotel quarantine or at-home quarantine provided they have been vaccinated with one of Health Canada’s four approved vaccines. There is random PCR testing upon arrival.

(Government of Canada / Prince of Travel)

Unvaccinated persons must complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a place of their choosing with a test on arrival as well as on Day 8.

(Government of Canada)

COVID-19 Testing for International Travellers, by Province

Province

Testing for International Travellers

British Columbia

COVID-19 testing for the purpose of international travel is not available at public testing sites.

Private testing options include the following:

Alberta

COVID-19 testing for the purpose of international travel is not available at public testing sites.

Private testing options include the following:

Saskatchewan

COVID-19 testing for any purpose, including international travel, is available at public testing sites.

(Government of Saskatchewan)

Manitoba

COVID-19 testing for the purpose of international travel is discouraged, but does appear to be available, at public testing sites.

(Government of Manitoba / Winnipeg Regional Health Authority)

Ontario

COVID-19 testing for the purpose of international travel is not available at public testing sites.

Private testing options include the following:

Quebec

COVID-19 testing for the purpose of international travel is not available at public testing sites.

Private testing options include the following:

New Brunswick

COVID-19 testing for the purpose of international travel is not available at public testing sites.

Private testing options include the following:

Nova Scotia

COVID-19 testing for any purpose, including international travel, is available at public testing sites.

(Government of Nova Scotia)

Private testing options include the following:

Prince Edward Island

COVID-19 testing for any purpose, including international travel, is available at public testing sites. Travellers are encouraged to email the QEH Health Records Department with "Urgent Flight" in the subject line to book their test.

(Government of Prince Edward Island)

Newfoundland & Labrador

COVID-19 testing for the purpose of international travel is not available at public testing sites.

Private testing options include the following:

*Denotes private testing clinics that have been approved for entering Hawaii without quarantine

Major Loyalty Programs: Flexible Policies and Extensions

Loyalty Program

Benefit / Measure


Aeroplan

Elite status extension: Air Canada has extended members' Aeroplan elite status through 2022. Moreover, if members organically earn elite status through travel activity in 2020, they may gift the status to a friend or family member. (Air Canada / Prince of Travel)

Flexible booking policy (award tickets): For all awards booked by July 31, 2021, customers may cancel or make one change to their award at any time, even after that deadline. 
(Air Canada / Prince of Travel)

Flexible booking policy (paid tickets): Customers with paid fares booked through July 31, 2021, will have the option of converting the remaining value of their fare into Aeroplan miles at a rate of 1.8 cents per mile (CAD). (Air Canada)

Pause on mileage expiry: In normal circumstances, Aeroplan miles expire if there has been no activity in an account within the past 18-month period. This policy is paused until June 29, 2021. 
(Air Canada)


Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

Elite status extension: Alaska Mileage Plan has extended all members' 2020 status until the end of 2021. Furthermore, any elite qualifying miles earned in 2020 will also count in 2021, giving members a head start on requalifying for 2022. 

Members who started a status match challenge between December 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020 will have the challenge criteria waived, and your matched status will be extended through 2021. 
(Alaska Airlines)

Companion fare extension: All companion certificates set to expire in 2020 will be extended. You’ll now have until December 31, 2020 to purchase new travel through November 26, 2021. 
(Alaska Airlines)

Flexible booking policy (all tickets): Alaska Mileage Plan award tickets, booked before March 31, 2021 for travel until February 28, 2022, may be changed or cancelled without the usual US$125 fee. (Alaska Airlines)


British Airways Avios

Voucher extension: The Travel Together voucher, a perk of the RBC British Airways Visa Infinite, has been extended by six months for all members. (British Airways)


Hilton Honors

Elite status extension: Hilton Honors will extend members' 2019 and 2020 elite status through to March 2022. (Hilton / Prince of Travel)

Pause on points expiry: In normal circumstances, Hilton Honors points expire if there has been no activity in an account within the past 12-month period. This policy is paused for all of 2020.
(Hilton)

Free night certificate extension: All annual free weekend night certificates from the Amex US Hilton cards will be valid through to January 3, 2022; moreover, they will be redeemable on any night of the week, not just on weekend nights. (Hilton)


Marriott Bonvoy

Elite status extension: Marriott Bonvoy will extend members' 2020 elite status through to February 2022. (Marriott / Prince of Travel)

Pause on points expiry: In normal circumstances, Marriott Bonvoy points expire if there has been no activity in an account within the past 24-month period. This policy is paused until February 2021. (Marriott)

Free night certificate extension: All anniversary free night certificates from credit cards, 75-night Annual Choice Benefit free night certificates, and five- and seven-night certificates from Travel Packages will be valid through to January 3, 2022. (Marriott / Prince of Travel)

Suite Night Awards extension: All Suite Night Awards from the 50- and 75-night Annual Choice Benefits will be valid through to December 31, 2021. (Marriott)


WestJet Rewards

Elite status extension: WestJet elite status has been extended through December 31, 2022 for all members. (WestJet / Prince of Travel)

Companion fare extension: All companion certificates will be extended through to December 31, 2021. (WestJet / Prince of Travel)

Flexible booking policy (all tickets): There is no fee to change or cancel  flights booked before May 31, 2021, including WestJet's Member Exclusive fares. (WestJet)

40 Comments
  1. Poncho

    I am a Canadian citizen planning to travel to India in November via Dubai – one our way back in December I plan to stay in Dubai on transit for 3 days to visit Expo2020 – I know I don’t need a visitor visa since I have my Canadian Passport but since I am travelling from India can I stay in Dubai for 3 days if I show a negative PCR test. Please advise based on your experiences. thanks.

  2. Siddharth Sharma

    Hey Ricky, is a 2-hour-Rapid PCR accepted for travel to Canada? I’m getting mine at CDG or should I go for the 48-hour-RTPCR?
    Also, if I’m travelling to YYZ with a 4 hr layover in YUL, do I need to quarantine in Montreal considering I’m fully vaxxed or I can just continue on to YYZ?

  3. Sanj

    Thanks for all the info here!

    Quick question: I’m a fully vaccinated Canadian looking to go to Greece in late August. If I log a positive PCR test result within 72 hours of my return flight to Canada, what are the outcomes there given that I’m fully vaxxed?

    1. Ricky YVR

      Go home with no need to quarantine.

  4. Mohammed Yusuf Idriss

    I know it is not on many travelers radar but Saudi is now open for fully vaccinated Canadians with a negative test within 72 hours before flight. Going there in couple weeks.

  5. Stewart

    Hi Ricky,

    Fully vaccinated Canadian here. I’m looking at a September trip to Italy. Italian rules state that a Covid Certificate compliant with Italian (and EU) rules will allow travellers from Canada to enter Italy without having to self-isolate and get tested after self-isolating.

    To date, Canada has not developed a vaccine passport. My vaccine documentation consists of an email from the Ontario Ministry of Health providing a Dose Administration Receipt confirming my vaccine dosing, and the two drugstore receipts that I received at the time of each injection.

    QUESTION: Does this documentation comply with Italy’s requirement for a Covid Certificate that’s compliant with Italian (and EU) rules?

    Thanks for any help you can throw my way.

    1. Alice Lawless

      FYI Astra Zeneca vaccinations given in Canada (Covishield) have not been approved by the Italian government as of Aug 21/21.

  6. John Oaten

    What is status for Ireland?

    1. Ricky YVR

      Update here: Ireland opened to vaccinated Canadians on July 19.

    2. Ricky YVR

      Not open to Canadian travellers at the moment.

  7. Lisa

    Hi Ricky,
    I would like to reserve an award First-Class Flight on Japan Airlines through Alaska Mileage today for next October and I tried to find out what would be the cancellation option if ever I was not able to enter Japan in October and if they extended their flexible booking policy. Thank you!

  8. mark diamond

    hey Ricky. just a heads up, Greece and Turkey do not require testing for Canadians as long as you’re fully vaccinated

  9. LARRY SY

    If I’m returning to Toronto with a layover in Vancouver, will I need to quarantine in Vancouver or just in Toronto? Thanks.

    1. Ricky YVR

      You’d need to do the hotel quarantine in Vancouver, and then after you’ve gotten your negative test result, continue to your home in Toronto to complete the 14 days.

  10. mark diamond

    Canadians can now Visit Greece with proof of vaccination !

    1. Ricky YVR

      Thanks Andrew, one for the “Open to Canadians with vaccine” column that’s coming up.

  11. grant

    Stay home!! For the love of God think of the consequences of your actions in travelling, not to yourself in most cases but to others!! Also rumour is Federal gov’t is investigating the idea of 14 day hotel quarantine upon return to persuade travelers from travelling with this out of pocket expense.

    1. angry traveller

      People should be allowed the freedom to travel if they please. They’re bringing in ~ 1% of cases and are simply a scapegoat for the government.

      1. David

        only takes one….where do we have the variants from? They swam across the ocean and flew up from south america on the backs of migrating birds?

    2. Jay*

      @grant The rumored 14 day hotel quarantine will coincide nicely with the upcoming Marriott Bonvoy Q1 Global Promotion. 😊 /s

    3. Ricky YVR

      If those rumours come to pass, we’ll definitely be adding it to the resource.

  12. Joanne

    This is great. Thanks. Also…
    KLM gives you a choice upon cancellation of ticket. Either a voucher or cash back. I had the agent double check before cancelling.

  13. Derek

    Hi Ricky
    Great info thanks.
    Any word of AC will extend the eUpgrades? I have several expiring in March 2021. And some in June 2021

    1. Ricky YVR

      We’re still waiting on intel for this one. I’m certainly hoping they do.

  14. JJ

    Good stuff, thanks ricky!

  15. Megan Holley

    Awesome!! Thanks for all the hard work!

  16. Lisa

    Travelling to Mexico soon. Saw you mentioned Blue cross or Manulife for travel insurance for Canadians. Which do you feel offers most coverage for Covid? Thank you

    1. Ricky YVR

      Yeah the UK’s a tricky one. I think I had originally included them due to the new Test to Release scheme, but that’s still a five-day quarantine. So I’ll leave them off for now, since the list is meant to be for countries with no quarantine.

  17. RonJames YYZ

    Serbia doesn’t require testing for entry to Canadians

    1. Ricky YVR

      Thanks James.

  18. Robert Covington

    All Marriott free night certificates have been extended to Aug 1st, 2020, not Aug 31st, 2020.

    1. Ricky YVR

      Thanks for that Robert.

  19. Brad

    I believe no testing required for Canadians to enter Dominican Republic. though they may randomly test a small percentage of arrivals.

    1. Ricky YVR

      Thanks Brad, that seems to be correct based on a closer look at the sources.

  20. Stu

    I think Bonvoy points expire after 24 months, not 12?

    See 1.6.d. Points Expiration Policy. Members must remain active in the Loyalty Program to retain Points they accumulate. If a Member Account is inactive for twenty-four (24) consecutive months, that Member Account will forfeit all accumulated Points.

    1. Ricky YVR

      You’re right Stu, thanks for the correction.

Ricky Zhang

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have an Account? Click here to Login