PC 2021-0963 Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada Order – Quarantine, Isolation and other obligations

Date Announced:

November 20, 2021

Active Period:

7.24 (1) Subject to subsections (2) and (3), this Order comes into force at 00:01:00 EST on November 21, 2021.(2) Sections 7.11, 7.13 and 7.16 come into force at 00:01:00 EST on November 30, 2021.(3) Sections 7.1, 7.12, 7.14, 7.15 and 7.17 to 7.21 come into force at 00:01:00 EST on January 15, 2022. Repealed by PC 2021-1050.


In order 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) provide the Chief Public Health Officer with flexibility to adjust pre-arrival testing measures based on scientific evidence; (3) enables the Minister of Health, on the recommendation of the Chief Public Health Officer, to designate classes of persons who have a contraindication that prevents their being vaccinated against COVID-19 due to a medical reason; (4) remove the requirement for fully vaccinated Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, and persons registered under the Indian Act to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding a flight or upon arrival at a land border, when travelling outside of Canada for less than 72 hours; (5) remove or amend certain pre-arrival testing, post-arrival testing and Covid Prevention Measures>Quarantine exemptions, in alignment with the removal or amendment of these categories of permitted entrant from the orders restricting entry to Canada

Departments and Agencies:

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

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:



pre-arrival COVID-19 testing | travelling outside of Canada for less than 72 hours

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