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


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)
  • Your COVID-19 test results (test must be done in the 72 hours prior to your arrival)
  • 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.


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?

How to use ArriveCan
How does ArriveCan work?

Before your travel :

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

You can access your file up to 90 days before your departure on the app and up to 14 days on the online version.

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 COVID-19 test results:

  • You must get tested in the 72 hours prior to your arrival.
  • Antigen detection tests are not accepted. To see the full list of recognized tests, click here.


: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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393 comments

Selene Cruz October 23, 2021, 12h34
Hi, first I'd like to thank you for your very detailed explanations, really helpful!
My question refers to moving from my quarantine place of stay to another one. My son wants my husband and I to move from the hotel to his home because he feels he can take care of us better, instead of having to order take out for food and drink twice everyday (the hotel does not have a restaurant). He does have a big home, where we can stay in our own room and he would provide basic necessities easily
My question is: can I do that? Because ArriveCan says I can only move if I can't get basic necessities or for medical reasons.
Thank you for your help!
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Mary October 23, 2021, 08h04
Why can't I register more than one person on the ArriveCan app?
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Terry Cheatum October 22, 2021, 08h49
The covid test results can take 3-5 days. If I take the test 5 days prior to my arrival in Canada
and get my results prior the 72 hours can I still enter?
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Karolane Lessard October 22, 2021, 17h42
Hi Terry,
No, the test must have been taken in the 72 hours before your flight. You will have to find a place that can deliver the results to you in this timeframe.
I hope this answers your question!
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Parvin Jaiswal October 19, 2021, 10h38
Hi
I am trying to load in the info on the app, when it asks for countrt of original departure, what do i put for a british citizen there are several options im unsure
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Karolane Lessard October 19, 2021, 17h22
Hi Parvin,
Your country of departure is the country you last stayed in.
I hope this helps!
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Emman October 19, 2021, 04h26
I Understood that Arrivecan app is essential to use and process in you are entering to Canada (i.e. visitor)
So what if I need to return back from origin, do I need to fill another application or do some testing again in boarding plane back
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Karolane Lessard October 19, 2021, 17h20
HI Emman,
You do not have to fill ArriveCan on your way back. Your country of origin may have their own application or rules. Their official website should give you the information.
I hope this answers your question!
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