New COVID Travel Guidelines for US and Canada

New Airline Travel Requirements

New protocols became in effect for air travel to the U.S. and Canada.  Below we have provided more information to both countries.

Specific to the US (Effective Jan 26, 2021)

All passengers 2 years of age or older entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents), must present a negative COVID-19 test.  This needs to have been taken within three days before departure.   Proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the last 90 days is also acceptable.  All airlines will be required to confirm the negative test result or proof of recent recovery for all passengers prior to boarding.  Types of tests acceptable can be found here.         

If you are traveling to the US, click here to the CDC’s FAQ for answers to questions about the new requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19.

Specific to Canada (Effective Feb 3, 2021)

As of January 31, Canada’s airlines have agreed to suspend all flights to and from Mexico and Caribbean countries.

Effective at 11:59 p.m. EST on February 3, in addition to proof of a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test, all flights, including international commercial, private/business, and charter to Canada must arrive at one of four airports: Montreal-Trudeau International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Calgary International Airport, and Vancouver International Airport.

In the coming weeks, all air travelers arriving in Canada, with very limited exceptions, must, at their own cost, reserve a room in a Government of Canada-approved hotel for three nights and take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival

In the future, the Government of Canada intends to introduce a 72-hour pre-arrival COVID-19 molecular test for travelers seeking entry at the land border, with limited exceptions such as commercial truckers.

You can always find the latest official Canadian Government information online at this website: COVID-19 Travel, quarantine, and borders.  Rules and procedures can change quickly.  You should review this website for the latest information whenever you are considering travel to, from, or within Canada. 

ArriveCAN Requirements  

Canada requires travelers to submit their travel and contact information and quarantine plans digitally.  For complete information on ArriveCAN requirements, please click here.


Note: COVID-19 tests in Canada are administered through the provinces and territories.  More information, including links to provincial and territorial authorities, is available here.  


Provincial Travel Restrictions  (As of 1/15/2021)


Individual provinces all have additional restrictions that can affect your travel.  For each provinces restrictions, please click here:


British Columbia


New Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador

Nova Scotia

Northwest Territories



Prince Edward Island



Travel for medical purposes is considered essential.  While it requires hoops to jump through, it can be done.  Contact Health Vantis to help guide you through the process.  We will make sure you are always kept to date on the requirements to navigate your journey seamlessly.  


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