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Safe Traveling During the Pandemic

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:

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.

International Travel

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.

Entering Canada

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

Accepted vaccines:

  • 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:

Cruise Ships

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.

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COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

Individuals turning 12 and over in 2021 who have not yet had a first dose, or those who meet the minimum second dose interval are now eligible to attend HPEPH walk-in clinics. To view the schedule, visit the Booking and Eligibility Page.

If you attended a clinic and did not receive an email copy of your vaccination receipt you can download a copy off the provincial booking site at covid19.ontariohealth.ca.

PHARMACY-BASED VACCINATIONS

Individuals turning 12 and over in 2021 can also receive their vaccination at participating local pharmacies. Please visit covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations for location and registration information.

CURRENT RESTRICTIONS IN HPEPH

On Friday, July 16 at 12:01 a.m., Ontario moved to Step 3  of the the Roadmap to Reopen. We must all continue to follow the public health measures, advice and restrictions. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people in Step 3, and distancing must be maintained. For more information, visit our COVID-19 page.

POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO COVID-19?

If you are concerned about potential exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, please be reassured that any contacts of a confirmed case will be contacted directly and monitored by public health.

Low-risk and indirect contacts should self monitor for symptoms for 10 days from the time of potential exposure and seek testing if symptoms develop. Low risk contacts do not need to isolate unless symptoms develop, and can continue to attend school/work/daycare while monitoring for symptoms.