COVID-19: Travel

TBDHU CURRENTLY recommends All residents avoid non-essential travel outside of Northern Ontario.

Northern Ontario map

Any person entering Canada must self-isolate for 14 days whether or not they have symptoms of COVID-19. The only exceptions are those persons who cross the border regularly to ensure the continued flow of goods and services, and those who provide essential services. This is mandatory in accordance with the Quarantine Act.

 

Fall Travel Guidance

TBDHU recommends avoiding all non-essential travel outside of Northern Ontario. Anyone with travel plans for the fall should decide if travel is necessary, and consider rescheduling and/or alternatives to attending in-person. 

If travel is necessary, be aware of the COVID-19 situation in the area you plan to visit. Take extra care to reduce your risk of getting COVID-19 while away by following all public health recommendations.  

  • While away, it is strongly recommended that you:
    • avoid social gatherings;
    • avoid close contact with anyone outside of your household; and
    • have a plan in case you develop COVID-19 symptoms while away and need to isolate and seek testing immediately.
  • Upon return, it is strongly recommended that you: 
    • stay home as much as possible for 14 days;
    • avoid close contact with anyone outside of your household;
    • avoid social gatherings;
    • take extra vigilance in following all public health recommendations in case you were exposed to COVID-19 during travel; and
    • monitor your health for symptoms for 14 days and if symptoms develop, or you are informed that you may have been exposed to COVID-19, immediately self-isolate and follow the instructions on the TBDHU website to access testing.

 

Guidance for Visitors

Visitors to this area should:

  • Consider rescheduling travel, if possible.
  • If postponing travel is not possible, visitors are strongly encouraged to:
    • avoid close contact with those outside of their household for two weeks before coming; 
    • take extra care in following all public health recommendations to reduce the likelihood of unintentionally spreading COVID-19 during their visit; and
    • have a plan in case they develop COVID-19 symptoms during their visit or are informed they may have been exposed to COVID-19. In this case they would need to immediately self-isolate and follow the instructions on the TBDHU website to access testing.

 

Guidance for Students Returning from Travel

Due to the increased spread of COVID-19 reported among young people, it is especially important that university and college students returning home take extra care to avoid social gatherings and close contact outside of their household during their visit. 
 

COVID-19 Alert App

Download the COVID-19 alert app to be informed if you were exposed to COVID-19 during travel or during your regular day-to-day activities.. The more people who use it, the more effective it will be in helping to protect each other and our communities.

COVID-19 App
Click the image to download the COVID-19 Alert app

 

Who Should Not Travel

Anyone included in the following list must self-isolate and therefore should not travel. They should contact the TBDHU or the local health unit where they are located and follow the instructions given, including accessing testing:

  • Individuals with symptoms.
  • Individuals with COVID-19.
  • Individuals exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • Individuals awaiting test results due to symptoms. 

TBDHU continues to monitor the situation across the province and beyond. Recommendations will be updated as needed to reflect the changing situation.

 

Other Travel Information

Last Updated: 19/10/2020