Infectious Diseases

Algoma Public Health

Travel Information

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Avoid travel except for essential reasons


An official global travel advisory is in effect: all Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice. Check the latest Travel Advice and Advisories and Pandemic COVID-19 travel health notice for more information.


  • If you have traveled outside of Canada, you must stay home for 14 days. This is a mandatory requirement from the Government of Canada's emergency order under the Quarantine Act. 

  • If you have recently been in close contact with other people in a setting known to be experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19, whether in an Algoma community, or another Ontario or Canadian community, Algoma Public Health also recommends that you stay home for 14 days. Although this is not required under the law, it is an additional recommendation to help prevent the spread of the virus in our communities. A current list of Ontario public health units with high or very high COVID-19 community transmission can be found here

  • Effective December 11, 2020 - individuals requesting a COVID-19 test for international travel clearance are no longer eligible for a publicly funded COVID-19 test in Ontario so people who need testing for this purpose have to get it done in the GTA. People who live outside the area consider travelling in advance to the GTA to complete a Fly Clear Test. Turnaround time for results is 24-48 hours. Online booking is available. 

  • Mandatory Testing of Travelers - to address the risk associated with variants of concern to the health of Ontarians, the Chief Medical Officer of health is issuing a Section 22 order under Section 77.1 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act, mandating on-arrival PCR COVID-19 testing for international travelers at Toronto Pearson International Airport effective 12:01 a.m. on February 1, 2021. This includes flights arriving from the United States.

  • Driving to Canada - as of 11:59 pm EST, February 21, 2021, travellers entering Canada at the land border will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival as well as toward the end of their 14-day quarantine. The Government of Canada will run 16 testing sites at ports of entry across Canada. Five ports of entry will initially be available with 11 additional as of March 4, 2021. 

  • Algoma residents and employers who have questions about a specific exposure risk may contact APH for further guidance. Please call 705-759-5404 or 1-866-892-0172 ext. 5404 


Returning to Canada 


Mandatory Testing of Travelers:

To address the risks associated with variants of concern to the health of Ontarians, the Chief Medical Officer of Health is issuing a Section 22 order under Section 77.1 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act, mandating on-arrival PCR COVID-19 testing for international travellers at Toronto Pearson International Airport effective at 12:01 a.m. on February 1, 2021. This includes flights arriving from the United States.


  • Self-isolate for 14 days after your return from travel outside of Canada. Some provinces and territories may have specific recommendations for certain groups such as health care workers.
  • Monitor your health for fever, cough or difficulty breathing.
  • Wash your hands often for 20 seconds and cover your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing or sneezing.
  • If you have received both vaccine doses you are not exempt from quarantine laws, the spread of COVID-19 is still possible


If you develop a fever, cough or difficulty breathing within 14 days:   


  1. Continue to self-isolate yourself from others
  2. Take the Ministry of Health's Self-Assessment to help determine if you need to seek care
  3. Contact Telehealth Ontario at: 1-866-797-0000 or Algoma Public Health at: 705-759-5404 or 1-866-892-0172 ext. 5404   
  •  Follow their instructions carefully
  • Describe your symptoms and travel history 

 Learn more about travel advisories related to COVID-19. 


Entering Canada by LAND during COVID-19


Travellers entering Canada must follow the rules set out by the Emergency Orders under the Quarantine Act to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and its variants. Failure to comply with any requirements or providing false information may result in fines, penalties or imprisonment. If you develop symptoms at any time, isolate yourself from others and contact local public health


Algoma Pharmacies Offering In-Store Testing for Travellers
(Domestic Travel Only)

The below pharmacies are offering testing for asymptomatic people for domestic travel only. . 


Sault Ste. Marie



Elliot Lake


  • Shoppers Drug Mart – 220 Ontario Ave, Elliot Lake - 705-848-7125


Options for Testing Travellers (International Travel)


Travellers should check the testing requirements for their airline and the country they are visiting. Helpful information can be found here.


  • Neomo (located in Sudbury) – Pre-Flight Covid-19 Testing For International Travel  
  • Northstream Rapid Labs (available in Algoma) – Pre-Flight Covid -19 Testing (PCR or Antigen) for International Travel 807-630-4446 or email