COVID-19 – Travel Guidance
Last revised/reviewed: 3:15 pm December 13, 2021
*This webpage is intended to share resources and information for individuals that are returning to Canada, or travelling abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic. Information on this page may be out of date. Always check with the Ontario or Canada travel sites before finalizing plans**
**Please note that international travel requirements are set by the Federal Government of Canada, and are subject to change. You can find the most recent and up to date information here: COVID-19: Travel, testing and borders – Travel.gc.ca
Public health advice remains to avoid non-essential travel. For all travel, PPH is encouraging residents to do a risk assessment for themselves and others they may come into contact with. This means thinking about how likely COVID-19 transmission is, and the likelihood of outcomes such as severe symptoms or hospitalization. Take into account trends and try to plan for worst case scenarios, rather than making a decision based on current information.
Travel during COVID-19 comes in three categories
- International (travel to or from Canada)
- Travel between Provinces/Territories (e.g. domestic flights, trains, motor)
- Interregional (between regions within Ontario, e.g. from Toronto to Peterborough)
Depending on where you are coming from, it is recommended to check the restrictions in place at each level. Always check what requirements are in place for your final destination.
For example, if you are an international student travelling to Peterborough for school it is recommended to check all three levels;
- Start with the federal/international travel requirements here
- Next determine if there are Ontario provincial restrictions here – in addition to the international travel requirements.
- For example, this could include pre-flight COVID-19 testing, COVID-19 vaccination to avoid quarantine requirements, etc.
- Lastly, check if there are any regional requirements for travel in the section below, or if there are public health orders in effect here
Coming to Canada from another country means the first guidelines to follow are travel, testing, and border restrictions found at COVID-19: Travel, testing and borders – Travel.gc.ca. Individuals may also call the Quarantine Act Hotline at 1 833 784 4397, or Canada Border Services Agency at 1 800 461 9999
Foreign nationals who have been in listed countries where there is an outbreak of, or a risk of an outbreak of the Omicron variant within the previous 14 days, will not be permitted entry into Canada (effective until January 31st):
- South Africa; and,
Individuals with right to enter (e.g. Canadian Citizens) will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours in a third country if transiting to Canada through an intermediary.
Upon arrival in Canada, travelers will quarantine on day one, receiving a PCR test that must come back negative before moving onwards. A second test will be administered on Day 8 of quarantine for selected individuals.
If travelling by plane or train, everyone aged 12 years and four months will have to show proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination or a valid exemption in order to board within Ontario.
There are currently no additional restrictions on travel to Ontario from other provinces or territories
- consider the risk associated with travelling – this includes COVID-19 transmission in the other province, entry requirements (for example, quarantine)
- it is recommended to self-quarantine, or drastically reduce close contact with others 10 to 14 days before travelling and after returning home, to help lower the risk of exposure to COVID-19
- follow general public health advice, rules and regulations of Ontario and the other province
To check travel restriction from Ontario to other provinces or territories, refer to the travel guidelines https://travel.gc.ca/covid-19-provinces-territories
There are currently no restrictions on travel to Peterborough from other regions of Ontario. All of Ontario is paused in Step 3 of the reopening plan. With variants of concern such as Delta and Omicron confirmed in Peterborough, it is recommended to avoid non-essential travel and change plans to stay safer over the holidays.
- Booking –call 1-833-943-3900 or online at Ontario.ca/bookvaccine if eligible. For pharmacy clinics, refer to the directory at COVID-19 pharmacy vaccine locations (ontario.ca)
- Vaccine troubleshooting – can call 1-705-743-1000 ext. 606, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Difficulty in booking online (no healthcard, healthcard rejection, out of province)
- Rebooking, rescheduling, canceling, provincial call centre (1-833-943-3900) or OMH – Manage your appointments. (covaxonbooking.ca)
- Vaccine safety – https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/vaccines.html