COVID-19 Information for the Traveller
Leaving Canada for International Travel
You are responsible for knowing the entry requirements of your destination at the time of travel. We suggest you check this information twice: once at the time of booking and once right before travel.
For provincial information regarding COVID-19, please refer to the Government of Manitoba’s COVID-19 website.
For national information regarding travel restrictions within Canada, exemptions and advice, please refer to the Public Health Agency of Canada’s website.
For country specific information regarding proof of vaccination and testing requirements for travel, please refer to the Government of Canada travel advisory website for specific information on your destination country.
At this time, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) currently advises that eligible travellers should be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before travelling. Travellers should complete a COVID-19 vaccination series with a currently approved vaccine, either in Canada or abroad prior to re-entering Canada. Vaccines approved for use abroad, number of doses and intervals between doses may be different than those approved in Canada. Be aware that even with your Canadian proof of vaccination against COVID-19, you may not be considered fully vaccinated in another country (especially if you have experienced mixed vaccine schedules or extended dose intervals). Click here to find out where to get vaccinated in Manitoba.
Some countries may require use of specific mobile applications or websites to show proof of vaccination or negative test results upon entry. Mobile apps or websites such as Re-Open Eu, SpTH, or IATA Travel Pass may be in use by your airline or destination country. Please refer to the Government of Canada travel advisory website and your airline for specific information about any apps in use by your destination country.
Before downloading any mobile app, be cautious of any fraudulent app or websites asking for payment. Secure, government approved apps will never ask for money or banking information. If you think you have encountered a COVID-19 related fraud/scam, report it here.
Be aware that although you are better protected against serious illness if you are vaccinated, you may still be at risk of infection from the virus that causes COVID-19. At your destination, be sure to check for information on regional outbreaks and/or the presence of any new variants of concern.
If you’re unvaccinated, you remain at increased risk of being infected with and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 when travelling internationally. You should continue avoiding non-essential travel to all destinations. If travelling, you may be required to quarantine in your destination country.
Returning to Canada after International Travel
As additional travel restrictions can come into effect suddenly, your return flights to Canada may be disrupted or suspended. Make sure to monitor the media, government announcements, and your airline's website for updated information. If entering Canada other than by air, please see the Government of Canada's Awareness resources website for entering by water or land.
Canada currently uses the ArriveCan mobile app for travellers entering Canada. You must submit mandatory information such as contact information and travel details, vaccine information and pre-entry test results, and quarantine plans via the app or website, 72 hours before arriving in Canada.
COVID-19 Testing for Travel
Please note that COVID-19 PCR testing cannot be done through WRHA Travel Health & Tropical Medicine Services. All COVID-19 PCR testing and the associated costs involved for international travellers returning to and leaving from Canada are the responsibility of the traveller; prices can vary between private testing sites. Canada or Manitoba does not reimburse travellers for this testing. There is a private testing facility at the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport. Please see the Winnipeg Airports Authority website for further information. Please click here for additional information on testing for travellers.
Other useful sites for travellers:
- Air Canada Travel Ready Website
- West Jet Advisories and Requirements
- Winnipeg Richardson International Airport Travel Updates
- World Health Organization's COVID-19 Travel Advice
- CDC COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destinations
- IATA Destination Tracker
- IATA COVID-19 Travel Regulations Map
- IAMAT Travel & COVID - What to Consider and How to Prepare