ArriveCan : everything you need to know

Planning a trip to Canada in 2021?

In April 2020, the Canadian government launched ArriveCan, a digital tool that allows travelers to submit their information regarding their arrival in Canada and their quarantine plan directly on the mobile app or online.

Along with the health measures in place, the application allows all information to be processed quickly and transmitted to the relevant provincial authorities, which is essential for travel during a pandemic.

In addition, it allows faster border crossing and limits contact.
 

ArriveCan: How do I use it?

The use of ArriveCan will be different depending on your vaccination status.

Fully vaccinated travelers will not have to quarantine, but they must still submit a declaration before their arrival.

Unvaccinated travelers will be required to complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine, submit a declaration before arrival, in addition to completing a daily self-assessment form.

Here is the detailed procedure to follow:

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Source : Government of Canada

Test on arrival

You may be assigned a random COVID screening test upon your arrival by air in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary or Vancouver.

  • You must submit to the arrival test in accordance with the directives in force on the day of your entry to Canada. 
  • You don't have to wait for the results, you can get to your final destination, including connecting flights
  • You won't have to quarantine while waiting for your results
  • If you are positive, you must isolate for 10 days
  • The test is free, you will not have to pay for it

 


Who is required to use ArriveCan?

ArriveCan form
All travellers entering Canada must use ArriveCan

Since the order of November 21, 2020, all air travelers destined for Canada must submit their electronic information through the ArriveCan application before boarding their flight.

Travellers crossing land or sea borders must also provide this information.

ArriveCan is therefore essential to any travel to Canada in times of COVID-19.
 

The information to be transmitted if you are not vaccinated includes:

  • Your COVID-19 test results (test must be done in the 72 hours prior to your arrival)
  • Where you are planning to go inside Canada
  • A quarantine plan to follow on arrival
  • Your personal contact details and a list of contact persons
     

The information to be transmitted if you are fully vaccinated includes:

  • Your proof of vaccination (2 doses)
  • A quarantine plan in case your test result is positive (no reservation is necessary)
     

All travellers wishing to enter Canada will be required to provide their ArriveCan receipt to border officials.

Effective April 1st, 2022, a negative test result is not needed to enter Canada. You may still be selected for a random test on arrival.


Exemptions

The following persons are exempt from providing their information via ArriveCan:

People who do not have a computer or a cell phone are not exempt from filing a declaration. There is no paper format. Use a device belonging to a relative or a public computer to transmit your information.

Important: 

Penalties for those who fail to comply with the rule range from a verbal warning to a fine of $ 1,000. Access to Canada without an ArriveCan receipt may not be granted.

If you have to quarantine, don't forget to transmit your daily self-assessment through the app, the fines when omitting to comply to this rule are even higher.

The declarations provided using ArrivalCan alone are not sufficient to guarantee you access to Canadian territory. You still need to apply for an eTA or VISA, when necessary, depending on your country of origin.


ArriveCan : how does it work?

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Before your travel :

First you need to download the mobile app and create your file.

You can access your file 72 hours prior to your departure time.

Applicants who cannot submit their documents using their mobile phone can do so from any type of electronic device, such as a computer or tablet, here.

Once your file is created, enter your information.

:fleche: emoji Your personal information :

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • E-mail adress
  • Phone number
  • Information on other travelers accompanying you


:fleche: emoji Your travel information :

  • Your arrival date
  • Your port of entry or your flight number, arrival airport and airline used
  • The purpose of your trip (Since September 7th, 2021, roads trip in Canada are permitted for all vaccinated travellers! )


:fleche: emoji Your proof of vaccination :

  • You must provide proof of your two doses of vaccine, except for the 1-dose Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine.
  • The vaccines approved by the Government of Canada are: Moderna, Pfizer-BioNtech, AstraZeneca (COVISHIELD) and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).
  • If you have received another vaccine, you will not be exempt from the mandatory quarantine.
  • Your second dose must have been received at least 2 weeks before your trip.
  • Your proofs must be in French or English. Otherwise, you will need to get them translated to one of these two languages.


:fleche: emoji Your quarantine plan :

  • Attestation of having a place to do your quarantine
  • The address of your place of quarantine or isolation - or your trip reference code for your 3-night reservation at a government-authorized hotel (for air travellers only, unless exempt)
  • A declaration as to the presence of vulnerable people at your quarantine location
  • The type of environment: group living, single-family home, etc.
  • The deliveries you expect to receive during your quarantine
Good to know :
If your need to isolate and your quarantine plan is not adequate or you do not have the financial means to allow yourself a safe quarantine, you will be forced to self-isolate at a designated quarantine facility


Calculation of your 14-day quarantine :crayon: emoji

Day 1 of your quarantine begins the day you arrive in Canada, even if you arrive in the evening.

For example, if you arrive in Canada on Thursday at 10 pm, it is still your day 1. Your first authorized outing will therefore be on Thursday, two weeks later.

If you were to come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, or show symptoms, your 14 days will start again on that date.

That is, if you were on your day 5 and you are experiencing symptoms, or someone you are quarantined with tests positive, you start the calculation again on day 1.
 

PRIVACY 


ArriveCan will not use your location using your smartphone's GPS to track you.

Only your information provided will be received and analyzed. Your personal information is therefore protected.

 

And that's it for the use of the ArriveCan digital tool.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments section below!

Karolane Lessard

An enthusiast of both our vibrant cities & great oudoors, my life revolves around travel & adventure. It's a no brainer that I have to share the wonders & secrets of my neck of the woods with other travelling souls. Enjoy the journey!

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868 comments

Breffni August 10, 2022, 13h57
Completed ArriveCAN for myself and partner, the receipt reference only details my partner and doesn’t include my name. Do I need to complete it again?
It just states
Traveller(s) (1)
Discretionary/optional travel by fully vaccinated foreign national(s)
BRENDAN Jones
44YXR4-1
Immunized Immunized
No mention of my name or Traveller(s) 2
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Breffni August 10, 2022, 17h39
Deleted the receipt and re submitted it and received confirm receipt for two travellers.
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Karolane Lessard August 10, 2022, 14h33
Hi Breffni,
Yes, if you do not have both names on the receipt, then something was missing from one declaration. Starting over with the same account will automatically delete your first one.
I hope this helps !
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Francine August 9, 2022, 23h09
Hi! My first flight’s arrival is a layover in Vancouver, then my second flight’s arrival is in Toronto. Do I have to make 2 arrivecan applications? or I’ll only have to make one for Toronto?
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Karolane Lessard August 10, 2022, 14h31
Hi Francine,
You only need to fill an ArriveCan declaration for the flight you will be entering Canada on. In your case, you will need to use the information for your Vancouver flight.
I hope this helps !
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Gene August 9, 2022, 19h07
Access to Canada without the Arrivecan app may not be granted. Someone needs a refresher on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom. Access and exit to and from Canada are guaranteed to Canadian citizens despite what Trudeau thinks.
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Karolane Lessard August 10, 2022, 14h29
Hi Gene,
We are a travel agency. Your comments for the Government should be directed to them as there is nothing we can do about it.
Have a nice day !
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John August 9, 2022, 04h08
Hi, do I need an ETA as well as ArriveCan to enter Canada from UK?
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Karolane Lessard August 10, 2022, 14h26
Hi John,
Yes, you will also need to apply for an ETA. ArriveCan does not replace it.
I hope it answers your question !
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Lois Kramer August 6, 2022, 19h29
What if I arrive earlier than I had scheduled on ArriveCan. Can I cross earlier?
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Karolane Lessard August 8, 2022, 15h40
Hi Lois,
If you get to the border a bit early, it won't be causing any problem, just try to be as precise as you can. However, make sure you do not cross on a different day, in which case your receipt won't be accepted.
I hope this answers your question !
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