PC 2021-0421 Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order – Quarantine, Isolation and Other Obligations

Date Announced:

May 21, 2021

Active Period:

This Order comes into force at 11:59:59 p.m. EDT on May 21, 2021 and ceases to have effect at 11:59:59 p.m. EDT on June 21, 2021. Repealed by PC 2021-0615.


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) authorize the Chief Public Health Officer to take immediate public health measures by imposing conditions or requirements on persons who are otherwise excepted from requirements set out in the Order; (4) clarify a number of existing requirements and exceptions; (5) maintain the requirements from the previous Order; and (6) extend the effect of the Order to June 21, 2021.

Departments and Agencies:

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

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:



pre-arrival COVID-19 testing

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