As of March 25, 2020, any person entering Canada must self-isolate for 14 days whether or not they have symptoms of COVID-19. The only exception 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 in accordance with the Quarantine Act.
As of March 27, 2020, all travellers who have travelled anywhere outside of Ontario or northwestern ontario are strongly recommended to self-isolate for 14 days regardless if they have symptoms or not.
Returning from International Travel (including the USA)
Before March 25, 2020 at 11:59 pm (Before enactment of the Quarantine Act):
- Travellers returning from all international destinations (including the USA) SHOULD self-isolate for a period of 14 days upon return, regardless of whether or not they have symptoms, effective March 14, 2020.
On or after March 26, 2020 (After enactment of the Quarantine Act):
- Travellers returning from all international destinations (including the USA) MUST (by law) self-isolate for a period of 14 days upon return, regardless of whether or not they have symptoms, effective March 26, 2020 under the Quarantine Act.
- Failure to comply with this order is an offense under the Quarantine Act and may result in fines and/or imprisonment.
Certain persons who cross the border regularly to ensure the continued flow of goods and services, and those who provide essential services are exempt from this Order. These exempt individuals include workers who are:
- Essential to the movement of goods and people (e.g., airline crew, truck drivers, train or marine vessels crossing the border)
- Critical infrastructure workers
- Health care providers
These individuals will still need to practice physical distancing of 2 metres, as well as self monitoring. If they develop any symptoms, they should self-isolate immediately and contact their local public health authority.
Returning from Travel outside of Ontario and Northwestern Ontario
- Individuals returning from travel outside of Ontario and Northwestern Ontario on or after March 27, 2020 are strongly recommended self-isolate for a period of 14 days upon return, regardless of whether or not they have symptoms.
- Currently, Northwest Ontario is defined as the districts covered by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit and the Northwest Health Unit (Manitoba border to White River)
If Symptoms DO NOT Develop During the 14 Day Self-Isolation Period
- Follow the instructions to Self-Isolation WITHOUT Symptoms.
- If the person returning from travel outside Northwestern Ontario does not have symptoms, they do not need to be tested and/or need to call the TBDHU.
If Symptoms Develop During the 14 Day Self-Isolation Period
- Follow instructions to Self-Isolate WITH Symptoms
- If you have symptoms, or symptoms develop within 14 days of returning from travel outside of Northwestern Ontario, self-isolate from family/people in your housing unit and call TBDHU at (807) 625-5900 or 1 (888) 294-6630.
- All close contacts of individuals that have returned from travel outside of Northwestern Ontario AND have symptoms must self-isolate for 14 days, starting from the date of exposure (that person’s onset date of symptoms). If symptoms develop in the close contact, call TBDHU at (807) 625-5900 or 1 (888) 294-6630.
- Public Health Agency of Canada - Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Travel Advice
- Travellers returning to Canada Factsheet (English; French)
- Travellers returning from Iran and Hubei Province, China Factsheet (English; French)
Self-Monitoring and Self-Isolation
- COVID-19 - How to Self-Monitor (PDF)
- Comment s’autosurveiller - COVID-19 (PDF)
- COVID-19 How to Self-Isolate (PDF)
- Comment s’auto-isoler - COVID-19
- COVID-19 - Self-Isolation for Caregivers, Household Members and Close Contacts (PDF)
- Auto-isolement : Guide à l’intention des fournisseurs de soins, des membres du ménage et des contacts étroits - COVID-19 (PDF)
For resources in other languages, please visit: COVID-19 Public Resources.
For more information on COVID-19 visit the COVID-19 topics of interest webpage.