Appearance at TRAN: Supplemental Mandate Letter and on the pre-entry testing requirements



March 28, 2020:

  • Government of Canada announced new domestic transportation measures for air and rail modes.
  • Air:
    • requirement for air operators to conduct a health check of travellers before they board a flight within Canada or departing from Canada;
    • requirement for air operators to refuse boarding to a passenger that presents COVID-19 symptoms; and
    • requirement for air operators to notify travellers that they may be subject to provincial or territorial measures at their final destination.
  • Rail:
    • requirement for intercity passenger rail companies to do a health check to screen passengers for COVID-19 symptoms before they board a train; and
    • requirement for intercity passenger rail companies to refuse boarding to a passenger that presents COVID-19 symptoms.
  • The new measures support provincial, territorial and local efforts to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 spreading from travelling within Canada.

April 17, 2020:

June 3, 2020:


June 12, 2020:

August 6, 2020:

August 14, 2020:

September 4, 2020:

September 11, 2020:

September 29, 2020:

November 2, 2020:

  • The Government of Canada announced that, as of November 21, 2020, air travellers whose final destination is Canada will be required to submit their information electronically through ArriveCAN before they board their flight. This includes travel and contact information, quarantine plan (unless exempted under conditions set out in the Mandatory Isolation Order), and COVID-19 symptom self-assessment.
  • Travellers entering Canada by land or marine modes are strongly encouraged to continue ArriveCAN by downloading the mobile app or signing in online to provide the mandatory information before they arrive to avoid additional delays for public health questioning and to limit points of contact at the border

November 2, 2020:

November 2, 2020:

November 9, 2020:

December 31, 2020:

January 6, 2021:

  • Announcement of coming into effect of the new pre-departure COVID-19 testing requirements for all air travellers flying into Canada 
  • Minister of Transport issued an Interim Order formalizing new COVID-19 testing requirements for all air travellers coming to Canada, and providing additional guidance to airline operators and the travelling public regarding the new pre-departure testing requirement that was announced on December 31
  • Effective midnight on January 7, 2021 (00:00 EST or 05:00 UCT), regardless of citizenship, all travellers five years of age or older must provide proof of a negative laboratory test result for COVID-19 to the airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada

January 21, 2021:

January 26, 2021:

January 29, 2021:

  • Government of Canada introduced further restrictions on international travel
  • The government and Canada’s airlines have agreed to suspend all flights to and from Mexico and Caribbean countries until April 30, 2021. This will be in effect as of January 31, 2021.
  • Further, effective midnight (11:59 PM EST) February 3, 2021, in addition to proof of a negative pre-departure test, Transport Canada will expand the existing international flight restrictions which funnel scheduled international commercial passenger flights into four Canadian airports: Montréal-Trudeau International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Calgary International Airport, and Vancouver International Airport.
  • The new restrictions will include scheduled commercial passenger flights arriving from the United States, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and South America, which were exempted from the previous restriction. 

February 1, 2021:


March 13, 2020:

April 5, 2020:

May 14, 2020:

May 29, 2020:

October 29, 2020:

February 4, 2021:

  • Minister Alghabra announced a one-year ban for pleasure craft and cruise vessels.
  • There are two new Interim Orders, which prohibit pleasure craft in Canadian Arctic waters and cruise vessels in all Canadian waters until February 28, 2022.
  • This means:
    • Adventure-seeking pleasure craft are still prohibited from entering Arctic waters.
    • Passenger vessels carrying more than 12 people are still prohibited from entering Arctic coastal waters, including Nunatsiavut, Nunavik, and the Labrador Coast.
    • Cruise vessels carrying more than 100 people are still prohibited from operating in Canadian waters.