While there are currently no restrictions in place that prohibit travel within the province, Dr. Piotr Oglaza is asking everyone to reconsider or postpone any non-essential travel. This is especially important for travel to and from areas with high rates of COVID-19.
It is the expectation of HPEPH that these requests will be followed in good faith, and that individuals will make responsible choices that respect the health and well-being of all Ontarians. Businesses/establishments may choose to exceed the expectations of HPEPH and implement stricter restrictions. Any questions or concerns about such restrictions should be directed to the establishment where they are in effect.
We continue to ask everyone to practice recommended public health protocols, whether they are resident or a visitor. If an individual is visiting our region for essential purposes, we encourage them to take steps to reduce their close contacts during their stay. In addition:
- Come prepared with groceries, first aid, and cleaning supplies from your home community to reduce unnecessary shopping in our region.
- If you are planning a long term stay, consider self-quarantining for 14 days prior to your trip.
Traveling within Canada
You do not have to quarantine when you enter Ontario from another Canadian province, territory or region unless you have symptoms of COVID-19. However, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health strongly advises that individuals and families:
- only travel out of the province if it is essential
- self-isolate for 14 days when arriving in or returning to Ontario from another Canadian province, territory or region
When you arrive in Ontario you must:
- follow all provincial public health measures and rules
- continue to monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19
- practice physical distance and stay at least two metres apart from people outside your household or a caregiver
- wear a mask or face covering in all indoor public spaces (it is also recommended to wear one outdoors where physical distancing is a challenge)
There are currently travel restrictions and exemptions when moving between most other provinces and territories. Check with local authorities at your final destination before leaving Ontario.
The Public Health Agency of Canada is continuing to advise travellers to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada.
For current information on international travel to and from Canada visit the Government of Canada’s Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Travel restrictions, exemptions and advice.
American citizens and permanent residents of the United States, who currently reside in the U.S. and who qualify as fully vaccinated travellers, will be able to enter Canada for discretionary travel starting August 9. Unless eligible, other foreign nationals can’t enter Canada at this time.
As of July 5, 2021 fully vaccinated individuals may qualify for certain exemptions to quarantine and testing requirements. To be considered fully vaccinated, you must:
- be eligible to enter Canada
- have received the full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine or a combination of accepted vaccines
- have received your last dose at least 14 days prior to the day you enter Canada
- Example: if your last dose was anytime on Thursday July 1st, then Thursday July 15th would be the first day that you meet the 14 day condition
- upload your proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN
- Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
- Moderna (mRNA-1273)
- AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
- Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)
At this time, there are no exemptions from testing, hotel stopover or quarantine for travellers who haven’t received the full series of a vaccine or a combination of vaccines accepted by the Government of Canada.
Fully vaccinated travellers must follow entry requirements. Review the requirements for COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada.
Learn more about the federal requirements for:
As of November 1, 2021, the prohibition of cruise ships in Canadian waters will no longer be in effect if operators are able to fully comply with public health requirements. The Government of Canada continues to advise Canadians to avoid all travel on cruise ships outside the country until further notice.