Arriving into Canada

Mandatory hotel

As of February 21, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. ET, travellers arriving by air will be required to reserve and stay in a government authorized hotel for up to three nights, at their own cost, while they await the results of the COVID-19 molecular test they took on arrival, before completing the rest of their mandatory 14-day quarantine period.

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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.
  1. If you are a foreign national, find out if you can travel to Canada
  2. 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.
  3. Complete Pre-Departure testing requirement
    This is a requirement for entry into Canada as of 12:01 am on January 7, 2021.
  4. Plan your mandatory 3-night stay in a government authorized hotel
    1. Book your hotel through the Government of Canada website.
  5. Register with Switch Health for Arrivals Testing

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.

Questions and answers

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Contact

For any other questions related to testing, please email Switch Health at support@switchhealth.ca.

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