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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., in addition to other entry requirements, the Government of Canada requires all international arriving passengers to take a molecular COVID-19 test upon entry into the country and again later in their quarantine. The program is another layer of protection to help limit the spread of COVID-19. 

At Toronto Pearson, mandatory arrivals testing is available at both Terminal 1 and Terminal 3, administered by Switch Health.  

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), will have tested at their original point of entry into Canada and do not need to test again

A limited number of other exemptions are available, which can be clarified by the Government of Canada.

Before arriving at Toronto Pearson

Review the Government of Canada Flying to Canada checklist, and if you are a foreign national find out if you can travel to Canada

  • Assess your quarantine plan 
  • Complete your pre-entry testing requirement
  • Plan and book your mandatory hotel stay at a government authorized hotel
  • Register in advance for your arrivals testing at Toronto Pearson through Switch Health 
  • Complete your ArriveCAN submission 

After arriving in Toronto

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.
International travellers arriving at Toronto Pearson without symptoms will take their molecular COVID-19 test at the airport.

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.

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, enforced through the Public Health Agency of Canada. 

After taking the arrival test at the airport, travellers, unless exempt, will proceed to their Government- Authorized Accommodation (GAA) or hotel for their mandatory 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. 

Any traveller who refuses to go to their GAA may be subject to a fine of up to $3,000, enforced through the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Following the mandatory hotel stay travellers will still have to complete the remainder of the mandatory 14-day quarantine at a suitable place of quarantine.

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