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Travel and COVID-19

Domestic T​ravel

Travel within Ontario

  • Stay home. Avoid traveling for non-essential reasons, especially to regions of a higher risk level. 
Essential reasons for travelling may include: accessing medical services, shared parenting arrangements, palliative visits, etc; or travel to provide essential services such as truckers, health care providers, emergency response, enforcement officers, construction and maintenance of public infrastructure, etc.

Travelling to a higher risk zone within Ontario should only happen for essential reasons, and all prevention measures must be practised while away from home. Upon return to our region, you should self-monitor for symptoms daily and get tested and self-isolate if any symptom develops. An additional measure people can take after travelling is to significantly reduce contact with others for 14 days to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Inter-Provincial Travel

  • Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. Travel out of province should be limited to only essential purposes.
  • The Government of Ontario recommends self-isolating for 14 days when arriving in or returning to Ontario. 
  • Manitoba border communities who use Kenora as their main service hub and do not travel west of Falcon Lake are exempt from this recommendation.

General Travel advice:
  • Anyone who travels and develops symptoms should self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19.
  • It is advised that residents do not host out of town guests, especially those from higher risk level regions.
  • If it is absolutely necessary that residents host guests, they should self-monitor for symptoms and get tested if symptoms develop.
  • Follow all COVID-19 prevention measures (masking, physical distancing, hand hygiene) while travelling. 
  • Note that some workplaces and schools may have policies that impact whether you can attend after travelling.

The activities you do while travelling can impact your risk of getting COVID-19. If you must travel, avoid:

  • public transportation (like airplanes, buses, and subways);
  • crowded areas where physical distancing is challenging;
  • getting within 2 metres of anyone you do not live with. 

    International T​ravel

    ​The Ministry of Health is advising that people avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada. For people entering Canada, the Federal Government requires a negative COVID-19 test​ plus a mandatory self-isolation for 14 days​

    For international travellers arriving in Canada, please see:

      To report Quara​n​tine Act violations, visit the Ontario Provincial Police's website​.