PC 2021-0174 Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order – Quarantine, Isolation and Other Obligations

Date Announced:

March 19, 2021

Active Period:

This Order comes into force at 11:59:59 p.m. EDT on March 21, 2021 and ceases to have effect at 11:59:59 p.m. EDT on April 21, 2021. Repealed by PC 2021-0313.


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) continue to require all travellers, with limited exceptions, entering from the U.S. by land to also provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 molecular test done in the U.S. not more than 72 hours prior to presenting at the port of entry, or present proof of a positive COVID-19 result of a test performed 14 - 90 days prior to the initial scheduled arrival time; (4) continue to require all travellers to undergo a COVID-19 molecular test at the time of entry and once again during the 14 day entry period while in Covid Prevention Measures>Quarantine; (5) continue to require all travellers to provide their contact information and a suitable Covid Prevention Measures>Quarantine plan electronically prior to seeking entry to Canada; (6) continue to require travellers entering by air to enter a government-authorized accommodation near the first port of entry while awaiting the first post-entry test, and require them to submit evidence that they have pre-booked and pre-paid for accommodation for a three-day period prior to boarding their flight to Canada, which will be verified on arrival; (7) prohibit entrants to travel to their government authorized accommodation VIA means of public transportation; and (8) extend the effect of the Order to April 21, 2021.

Departments and Agencies:

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

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:



government-authorized accommodation | land crossing from the U.S. | negative COVID-19 molecular test | Covid Prevention Measures>Quarantine plan

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