In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 across the border the the Government of Canada has utilized a variety of tools since the beginning of the pandemic . The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has been working closely with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and other federal partners along with provincial partners to ensure that the required measures to limit and reduce the spread of the virus into Canada were put into place. As the situation evolves so do the measures and tools to combat and track COVID-19 cases.
Effective Sunday February 21st, 2021 at 11:59:59 PM, it will now be required for all travelers to submit their information electronically before or when entering Canada. Commercial transporters will continue to be able to submit the mandatory information before or when entering Canada. For travelers who have not submitted their information in advance, they will be asked to provide it on entry.
All travelers arriving in Canada by land, sea or air (including essential workers) can use the ArriveCAN app to enter their information prior to reaching the border.
While it is not mandatory for the information to be submitted in advance of crossing the border at this time, the use of ArriveCAN for travelers to submit their information in advance of the border is strongly recommended. ArriveCAN is a secure and user-friendly tool to help travelers comply with Canada’s enhanced border measures. ArriveCAN is available as a free mobile app available for download from Google Play or the App Store. Drivers that do not have access to the ArriveCan App can either use the mobile App or sign in online on any personal computing device (e.g. tablet) to use the non-app version of ArriveCAN. This can be accessed at Canada.ca/ArriveCAN. Drivers may also enter their information in advance of their trip (before leaving Canada) and this information will be valid until they begin their next trip out of the country.
Drivers (essential workers) will be required to enter their travel information, contact details etc. however, they will not be required to complete the quarantine portion of the ArriveCAN questionnaire.
Travelers who do not submit their information in advance will not be denied boarding or entry but may:
- Be subject to additional public health questioning (and delays)
- Be subject to additional enforcement action
We will continue to update this page with additional details as required.