Arriving into Canada
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International arriving passengers require COVID-19 testing upon arrival at Toronto Pearson
Effective February 21, 2021 at 11:59 p.m., the Government of Canada requires all international arriving passengers to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at Toronto Pearson. The program is another layer of protection to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Testing is available at both Terminal 1 and Terminal 3, administered by Switch Health.
Mandatory testing of all international arriving passengers is in addition to the Government of Canada pre-departure test requirement for travellers bound to Canada. Passengers must still demonstrate proof of negative COVID-19 results from a test taken within three days prior to departure to Canada.
Passengers requiring testing upon arrival at Toronto Pearson
Travellers exempt from testing:
- Children who are four (4) years of age and younger
- International travellers arriving in Toronto via a domestic flight (e.g. Hong Kong-Vancouver-Toronto),
A limited number of other exemptions are available, which can be clarified by the Government of Canada.
Before arriving at Toronto Pearson
As of February 21, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. ET, all travellers, with limited exceptions, whether arriving by air or land, will also be required to:
- submit their travel and contact information, including a suitable quarantine plan, electronically via ArriveCAN before boarding their flight or crossing the border;
- take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival; and
- take a COVID-19 molecular test later during their quarantine.
- If you are a foreign national, find out if you can travel to Canada
- Complete ArriveCAN App submission
Use ArriveCAN to submit a quarantine plan and contact info before departing for Canada, as required by the Government of Canada. This is a requirement for entry into Canada as of November 21, 2020. This is not related to registration for Ontario’s airport testing pilot program.
- Complete Pre-Departure testing requirement
This is a requirement for entry into Canada as of 12:01 am on January 7, 2021.
- Plan your mandatory 3-night stay in a government authorized hotel
- Book your hotel through the Government of Canada website.
After arriving in Toronto
As of February 21, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. ET, air travellers, unless exempted, will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival in Canada, while at the airport, later during their mandatory quarantine period in either a designated quarantine facility or at a suitable place of quarantine. Before leaving the airport, travellers will be provided with a COVID-19 test kit or instructions for taking their test later during their mandatory 14-day quarantine period.
All air travellers, unless exempt, will also be required to stay in a government-authorized accommodation for up to three nights while they await the results of the COVID-19 molecular test they took on arrival.
Travellers must reserve their accommodation prior to departure to Canada and pay for the cost of their 3-night mandatory stay.
Travellers must present proof of having reserved and pre-paid for their accommodation through ArriveCAN. Travellers will also be required to submit a more stringent quarantine plan electronically via ArriveCAN prior to boarding a flight to Canada.
After taking the arrival test at the airport, travellers will proceed to their government-authorized accommodation for their 3-night stay. Travellers who have their own car at the airport can drive themselves to their government-authorized accommodation. Those who do not have their own vehicle will take transportation provided by the hotel. Following the 3-night mandatory stay travellers will still have to complete the remainder of the mandatory 14-day quarantine at a suitable place of quarantine.
Any traveller who refuses to take a COVID-19 test on arrival at the airport may be subject to a fine of up to $3,000. These travellers would also be required to go to a federal designated quarantine facility to take a COVID-19 test and receive a negative test result, to continue their onward travel to complete the rest of their 14-day quarantine.
Any travellers who present with symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival will be directed to a federal designated quarantine facility or other suitable quarantine location.
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For any other questions related to testing, please email Switch Health at email@example.com.