Self-quarantine on return to B.C.

International travellers are required by law complete the federal ArriveCAN application, meet COVID-19 testing requirements and self-quarantine for 14 day. Air travellers have additional requirements.

Last updated: February 24, 2021

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Comply with the federal Quarantine Act

The Government of Canada has implemented a self-quarantine plan for returning international travellers under the Quarantine Act.

  • The federal government will continue to use its authority under the Quarantine Act to ensure compliance with the order, enforceable by RCMP or local police
  • Maximum penalties for breaking self-isolation orders include a fine of up to $750,000 and/or imprisonment for six months

All travellers, whether arriving by land or air will be required to submit their travel and contact information. This includes a suitable quarantine plan, electronically via ArriveCAN before crossing the border or boarding a flight.

Service BC will conduct compliance and wellness checks to ensure travellers can effectively maintain their 14-day self-isolation.


Complete the federal ArriveCAN application

Travellers arriving in B.C. by air, land or sea from international locations including the United States must complete the federal ArriveCAN application. 

Download ArriveCAN on your mobile device

Submit your ArriveCAN application online


Travellers entering Canada by Air

People entering Canada by air can only arrive at select international airports:

  • Vancouver International Airport
  • Calgary International Airport
  • Montreal-Trudeau International Airport
  • Toronto Pearson International Airport

Before departure, the following requirements must be met by all air travellers:

  • Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test to the airline. The test must be conducted within 72 hours of scheduled boarding
  • Complete the ArriveCAN application 

All air travellers must reserve a room in a Government of Canada-approved hotel for three nights at their own cost, and take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival at their own cost. 

We strongly recommend reviewing the all the federal air travel requirements before travelling back to Canada. Some exemptions are in place.


Travellers entering Canada by land or water

Travellers entering Canada by land or water are strongly encouraged to download the ArriveCAN mobile app or submit online before they arrive at a border crossing to avoid additional delays for public health questioning and to limit points of contact at the border. You must show your ArriveCAN receipt to a border services officer.

When entering Canada, you'll be:

COVID test requirements at land borders

Proof of test

All travellers are required to provide proof of COVID-19 test to the border agent. The test must be either:

  • A negative COVID-19 molecular test taken within 72 hours of arrival at the border
    or
  • positive test taken 14 to 90 days prior to arrival at the border

Some people are exempt. Review exceptions.

Test on arrival

All travellers are also required to take a COVID-19 molecular test before they enter Canada. This is in addition to the proof of test. Near the end of the 14-day quarantine, travellers must take another test. 


Optional: Complete a B.C. self-quarantine plan

In addition to the federal ArriveCAN Application, travellers arriving in B.C. are encouraged to complete a self-quarantine plan. Completing the plan will help you prepare to self-quarantine successfully. It's important to consider:

  • The location of your 14-day self-quarantine
  • How you will travel to your quarantine location
  • Arranging the necessary supports:
    • Food
    • Medications 
    • Child care
    • Cleaning supplies
    • Pet care
  • Social or family support 

Submit your B.C. self-quarantine plan Note: The form does not work on Internet Explorer

How to self-quarantine

The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has guidelines on how to self-quarantine.

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