PC 2021-0001 Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order – Quarantine, Isolation and Other Obligations

Date Announced:

January 6, 2021

Active Period:

This Order comes into force at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on January 6, 2021 and ceases to have effect at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on January 21, 2021. Repealed by P.C. 2020-967.


This order is to (1) support Canada’s continued focus on reducing the introduction and further spread of COVID-19 by decreasing the risk of importing cases from outside the country; (2) maintain the previous requirements that all persons who have reasonable grounds to suspect they have COVID-19, have signs and symptoms of COVID-19, or know they have COVID-19 upon entry into Canada are required to Covid Prevention Measures>Quarantine or isolate for 14 days, including asymptomatic persons, with limited exceptions; (3) require travellers 5 years of age or older from any country who intend to enter Canada by air to provide proof of a current negative COVID-19 molecular test taken within 72 hours before the aircraft's initial scheduled departure time; and (4) require travellers arriving by air who do not provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 molecular test to Covid Prevention Measures>Quarantine for 14 days at a designated federal facility near the port of entry or at an alternative site deemed appropriate by a Covid Prevention Measures>Quarantine Officer.

Departments and Agencies:

Health Canada | Privy Council Office | Public Health Agency of Canada

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:



designated federal facility | negative COVID-19 molecular test

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