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International Travel Advisory


All travellers to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before travelling


You should be fully vaccinated by completing a COVID-19 vaccine series in Canada or abroad at least 14 days before travelling. Be aware that although you are better protected against serious illness if you are vaccinated, you may still be at risk of infection from the virus that causes COVID-19.


If you’re unvaccinated, you remain at increased risk of being infected with and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 when travelling internationally. You should continue avoiding non-essential travel to all destinations.


Regardless of your vaccination status:

  • stay informed of COVID-19 activity at your destination, which can vary significantly and change quickly from one country to another and within regions of the country
  • use personal protective measures (like wearing a mask, washing hands and maintaining physical distancing where possible)
  • follow any additional local public health measures while travelling
  • Avoid all cruise ship travel outside of Canada
  • Check requirements for returning to Canada


Canada has implemented a number of measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Canada. Visit the Government of Canada’s website for information about COVID-19 travel restrictions and advice and travel notices.


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 


Learn about the risks of travelling by checking out our Travel Safely During the COVID-19 Pandemic (PDF)





Returning/Arrival to Canada 


Mandatory Testing of Travelers:


To address the risk associated with variants of concern to the health of Ontarians, all traveller 5 years of age or older, regardless of citizenship or vaccination status, must provide proof of a negative molecular COVID-19 test to enter Canada. Rapid antigen tests will not be accepted.


For a list of accepted test, as well as information on testing facilities and expenses per country, visit the Government of Canada's Testing for Travellers. Tests must be conducted within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of your last direct flight to Canada. If arriving by land, you must take a molecular test in the United States within 72 hours of your planned entry into Canada. Alternatively, proof of a previous positive test result taken between 14 and 180 days will be accepted.


Download the ArriveCAN app HERE!


This provides mandatory travel information before and after your entry into Canada. You will need to submit your information within 72 hours before your arrival to Canada.


Arrival Testing


Fully vaccinated travellers may be exempt from arrival testing. However, you may be selected for mandatory randomized arrival testing. You must take the arrival test as directed on the day you enter Canada. Please follow all instructions provided in the testing kit. Do not open your swab or tube until instructed to do so. You are under a legal obligation to complete the arrival test within the required timeframe. You do not have to quarantine while waiting for your results.


Switch Health


Manage COVID-19 testing kits for arriving travellers – to contact, call 1-888-966-6531 or visit their website


Quarantine Requirements


Please follow all isolation and testing requirements provided to you upon entry into Canada.


For information about mandatory quarantine, visit the Government of Canada's website on Mandatory Quarantine or Isolation. To check if you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, learn more using the Checklists for Requirements  or available resources




Upon Return


  • Follow all quarantine/isolation instructions provided to you at the border
  • If exempt from quarantine requirements, APH recommends staying home as much as possible for 14 days after your return from travel outside of Canada. Additionally, when outside the home, wear a mask, practice social distancing, and avoid large gatherings and contact with vulnerable people.
  • Wash your hands often for 20 seconds and cover your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing or sneezing.
  • Some provinces and territories may have specific recommendations for return to work for certain groups such as health care workers.
  • Stay informed of potential exposures on passenger transports and
  • Monitor your health for symptoms most commonly associated with COVID-19, including but not limited to fever, cough, shortness of breath, or decrease or loss of taste or smell.
    1. Isolate immediately.
    2. Take the latest COVID-19 self-assessment for recommendations on what to do next.
    3. Contact Telehealth Ontario at: 1-866-797-0000 or Algoma Public Health at: 705-759-5404 or 1-866-892-0172 ext. 5404 
  • Describe your symptoms and travel history 
  • Follow their instructions carefully



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.


Effective November 30, 2021fully vaccinated individuals with right of entry to Canada who depart and re-enter the country within 72 hours of leaving Canada will not have to present a pre-entry molecular test. This exemption is only for trips originating in Canada taken by fully vaccinated Canadian citizens, permanent residents or individuals registered under the Indian Act, who depart and re-enter by land or by air and can demonstrate that they have been away from Canada for less than 72 hours. This exemption extends to accompanying children under 12, and individuals with medical contraindications to vaccination. 





International Travel with Unvaccinated, Asymptomatic Children Under Age 12


Children 5 years of age and older on the day of their travel must complete pre-entry testing. 


Unvaccinated children less than 12 years of age who enter Canada with their fully vaccinated parents, step-parents, guardians or tutors, are not required to quarantine upon entering Canada if both the child and the parents, step-parents, guardians or tutors, meet certain requirements in the Order and comply with the conditions imposed on them by the Minister of Health.


The children must complete arrival and day-8 tests (unless under the age of 5). 


Children must follow specific public health measures for the 14 days following arrival. For the next 14 day, children CANNOT:


  • Attend a setting where they may have contact with vulnerable people (e.g. long term care facility), including with people who are immune compromised and/or over the age of 65, regardless of that person’s vaccination status or public health measures in place
  • Attend school, camp, or day care
  • Travel on crowded public transportation that does not ensure physical distancing and masking (eg. Buses, subways, trains)
  • Attend large crowded settings, indoors and outdoors, such as an amusement park or sporting event. 


Those children travelling for the purpose of fulfilling cross-border custody arrangements and arriving by land are exempt from pre-entry, arrival, and day-8 test, as well as quarantine requirements. You must still use the ArriveCAN app to submit travel details prior to entry.


The driver of a vehicle who enters Canada after dropping off or picking up a dependent child may also be exempt from testing and quarantine requirements provided they only left the vehicle, if at all, to escort the dependent child to or from the vehicle and wore a mask.





Domestic Travel


For information on domestic travel requirements by province, visit provincial and territorial restrictions.


As of October 30, 2021, your COVID-19 proof of vaccination needs to be shown for all:

  • air passengers flying on domestic or international flights departing from airports in Canada
  • rail passengers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains
  • marine passengers on non-essential passenger vessels, such as cruise ships, on voyages of 24 hours or more 

For information on boarding flights, trains, and cruise ships in Canada, visit the Government of Canada's Boarding Flights and Trains in Canada.







Testing Options in Algoma
(those requiring molecular tests)


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


Please contact testing facilities for availability and pricing. It is the responsibility of the traveller to ensure they receive the appropriate test within the appropriate timeframe based on their travel plans.


  • Life Labs’ Fly Clear program and Shopper’s Drug Mart (locations in the GTA) – Pre-Flight Covid Testing for International Travel
  • Rexall  (limited locations in Sault Ste. Marie) - Home travel tests kits
  • Neomo (located in Sudbury) – Pre-Flight Covid-19 Testing For International Travel  
  • Northstream Rapid Labs (available in Algoma) – Pre-Flight Covid -19 Testing (PCR) for International Travel, call 807-630-4446 or email


Algoma Pharmacies Offering In-Store Testing for Travellers

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) for International Travel 807-630-4446 or email

    • PCR - $349
    • NAAT - $159