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Crossing The Border & Drive Through Canada Land Borders

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Before travelling ensure the following

At the border

You will be assessed, regardless of citizenship, upon arrival to Canada. Entry screening is one of many important public health tools. It is part of a multi-layered government response strategy.

When you arrive in Canada by air or land, a Border Services Officer will ask you:

  • the purpose of your trip

  • whether you are feeling ill or unwell

  • other questions as needed to complete their assessment

Officers will look for signs of illness, regardless of how you respond to screening questions. They will refer any traveller they suspect is ill for a further medical assessment by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

You must:

  • Wear a mask

  • Provide required information and documents, including:

    • Your ArriveCAN receipt

    • Proof of valid COVID-19 molecular test

  • Follow all usual border crossing procedures (not related to COVID-19)

  • omply with:

    • mandatory quarantine requirements

    • provincial and territorial restrictions

All travellers entering Canada are given a Public Health Agency of Canada handout with instructions to quarantine for 14 days.

False information and compliance with the Emergency Order

If you provide false information, you may be denied entry and/or be banned from returning to Canada.

These tests are considered acceptable molecular tests:

Exempt from pre-arrival testing for travellers arriving by land

  • PCR - Polymerase chain reaction

  • RT-PCR – reverse transcription real time PCR

  • Quantitative PCR (qPCR)

  • Nucleic acid test (NAT) or Nucleic acid amplification test (NAATs)

  • Reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP)

  • Isothermal amplification

  • Droplet digital PCR or digital droplet PCR (ddPCR)

  • RNA (Ribonucleic acid)

  • Ct (cycle threshold)


  • Sequencing

  • Next generational sequencing (NGS) or whole genome sequencing (WGS)

  • Oxford Nanopore sequencing (LamPORE)

  • Detection of the N gene

  • Detection of Orf1a/b

  • Detection of the S gene

  • Detection of the E gene

  • Detection of the RdRp gene

These tests use methods such as a nasopharyngeal (NP) swab, nose swab, or saliva sample. At this time, proof of having a vaccine will not replace a negative test result.

The government will notify travellers should it become mandatory to obtain COVID-19 molecular tests from specific accredited laboratories or facilities.

Who is exempt from quarantine

You may be exempt from the mandatory quarantine requirements under certain conditions, including if you:

  • provide essential services

  • maintain the flow of essential goods or people

  • are receiving medical care within 36 hours of entering Canada (non-related to COVID-19)

  • regularly cross the border to work

  • live in an integrated trans-border community

There are strict requirements you must follow even if you are exempt from quarantine. You must:

  • wear a mask at all times when in public spaces

  • maintain a list of all close contacts for your first 14 days in Canada

Although your reason for entering Canada may fall under an exemption, you may still have to follow certain provincial and territorial restrictions (which may include quarantine), depending on your destination. Being exempt from quarantine does not mean you’re exempt from the pre-boarding test requirements.

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