International travelers entering Canada by air or by land must now register their travel and contact information with the ArriveCAN app beforehand.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Canada has implemented a number of strict COVID-19 travel restrictions. One of these involved the creation of the ArriveCAN app, which is designed to allow incoming passengers to send their details to Canadian authorities for the purpose of monitoring and contact tracing.
As of February 22, 2021, Canada has increased its testing and quarantine requirements for new arrivals and has made it obligatory to submit a suitable quarantine plan with ArriveCAN.
What Details Do You Have to Provide on ArriveCAN?
International travelers are now required to register certain information with ArriveCAN prior to embarking on the journey to Canada. This includes the following:
- Contact details
- Information about travel plans
- Booking reference for a 3-night reservation at a hotel approved by the government (air passengers only)
- Suitable quarantine plan
Travelers must also continue to use ArriveCAN after they have arrived in Canada to provide further information during their 14 days of mandatory quarantine.
Contact details for the ArriveCAN app
The following information is required for each individual entering Canada:
- Date of birth
- Email address
- Phone number
- Passport/travel document details
The following details about the individual’s travel plans must also be provided via ArriveCAN:
- Flight number
- Point of entry to Canada
- Purpose of travel
Providing a quarantine plan via ArriveCAN
The vast majority of travelers, with very few exceptions, must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Canada.
Passengers arriving by air must spend the first 3 days in a government-approved hotel.
All passengers must outline their plan for where they will quarantine on the ArriveCAN app and answer a number of related questions.
- Address where the traveler will complete their 14-day quarantine
- If they will have access to basic necessities without leaving the quarantine location
- Whether they will be in contact with other people at the location
- If they will be staying with people who are considered high-risk
Using ArriveCAN after arriving in Canada
Once a traveler has entered the country, ArriveCAN will send a notification to their device asking them to confirm that they have arrived.
The individual must click to send confirmation that they are now at the government-approved hotel or other approved quarantine location.
From this point on, it is necessary to complete a quick symptom report every day using the ArriveCAN app. This can be done in less than a minute and keeps track of any sign that the individual might have COVID-19.
When Do You Have to Send the Information on ArriveCAN?
According to Canadian regulations, all individuals planning to enter Canada must submit certain information before traveling, including personal, travel, and quarantine details.
For passengers traveling by air, this means sending the required details via the app prior to boarding the flight.
Those traveling by land from the United States may provide the information at any time before crossing the Canadian border.
Upon arrival, the ArriveCAN app must be used to confirm the traveler’s arrival at the location where they will spend 14 days in quarantine.
It must also be used to complete self-assessments every day regarding symptoms of COVID-19.
Who Needs to Use ArriveCAN?
Each traveler entering Canada needs to be registered using the ArriveCAN app. Most individuals will need to submit their information themselves. This is simple to do by using the app on a mobile device.
Family groups traveling and quarantining together may provide their contact details together. The individual using ArriveCAN can provide the relevant information for themselves and for the following others in their party:
- Spouse or partner
- Children aged 18 and under
- Any adult for whom they are a legal guardian
ArriveCAN and Increased Restrictions for Canada
Canada has increased its travel restrictions, with an emphasis on testing and tracking travelers entering the country.
The majority of foreign nationals are still prohibited from entering, with only Canadian nationals, permanent residents, and certain other exemptions being allowed into the country. Once they arrive, they must complete a mandatory quarantine period of 14 days. A plan for this quarantine must be submitted via ArriveCAN before arrival.
Travelers must also use the ArriveCAN app to submit their personal and travel details, as well as tracking their symptoms upon arrival.
In addition, passengers are required to take 2 molecular tests for COVID-19:
- On arrival at the Canadian airport
- Near the end of the 14-day quarantine
Those entering by land also need to provide proof of a negative test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival or a positive test result from 14-90 days previously to show that they have recovered from COVID-19 and are no longer contagious.