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Your guide to
safe travel during
the COVID-19
pandemic

Before making the decision to travel outside your province of residence

Take the time to do your research

Government
advisories

Check the government safety and security advice for your destination.

Before planning your trip

Ontario Blue Cross® encourages you to follow the recommendations of health authorities. Consult the Government of Canada’s travel advice and advisories specific to your destination for information on:

  • Safety measures before or during your trip
  • Entry and exit requirements (travel documents, visas, etc.)
  • Health-related considerations (vaccinations, drinking water, etc.)
  • Laws, customs and culture
  • Weather conditions

The Government of Canada requires all travellers entering the country to provide a mandatory negative result from a recent COVID-19 test. Click here for more details.

To find out what measures you need to follow for trips to other provinces within Canada, visit provincial government websites for your destination.

Destination entry requirements

Find out about entry requirements before you leave.

Get ready

Does your destination require:

  • Proof of insurance for medical care abroad?
  • Mandatory quarantine upon arrival?
  • Negative test results for COVID-19?
  • A visa?
  • Proof of vaccination?

For complete details:

  • Consult the Government of Canada’s travel advice and advisories.
  • Contact your airline.
  • Contact or visit the websites of the health authorities at your destination.
  • Get useful information from travel health clinics.

Mandatory
quarantine

Requirements of health authorities for quarantine at your destination.

Remember

Government authorities impose a self-isolation period of 14 days upon your return to Canada after travelling outside the country. You must also comply with mandatory quarantine or isolation requirements once you arrive in Canada. Please refer to the restrictions on the Government of Canada and Government of Ontario websites for additional information.

During this period, you cannot leave the location where you self-isolate, even if you don’t have any symptoms. Be sure to reschedule any non-essential appointments, avoid using public transit, get help with errands and avoid contact with others who have not travelled with you.

Your destination may also require you to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. For more information, visit or contact the government health unit website for your destination.

Consult
a travel
health clinic

Get advice from travel health professionals.

Be well prepared

Based on your destination and health status, health professionals at a specialized travel health clinic can determine what vaccinations you need against certain diseases.

They can also provide health advice for your stay and help you put together a complete first aid kit.

Access to health care abroad

Find out more about health care accessibility abroad.

Travel assistance can help

If you’ve purchased Ontario Blue Cross® travel insurance, Travel Assistance staff can help you locate health care facilities at your destination and inform you of the quality and availability of the health care services offered there.

Please note that due to the COVID-19 crisis, resources to assist people in medical emergencies abroad are very limited and the availability of these services cannot be guaranteed.

Emergency repatriation is only covered if it is considered necessary and safe by the travel assistance medical team and the attending physician at the destination.

During
your trip

Pay special attention to your symptoms.

What you need to know

If you experience COVID-like symptoms, contact the Travel Assistance service of your travel insurance provider immediately. Travel Assistance staff will help you find a clinic where you can get tested or receive the care you need.

However, if you suffer from severe symptoms that require urgent attention, contact emergency services immediately. You can contact our Travel Assistance service once your situation has stabilized.

Medical conditions

Your age or medical condition may put you at greater risk of developing serious complications if you get COVID-19. Be proactive and make sure you know the risks associated with your trip by consulting government sites.

Get tested if:

  • You’ve been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19.
  • You’ll be visiting a destination that requires a COVID-19 screening test to be completed prior to departure.
  • You have symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing.

Don’t travel if you...

Have symptoms
of COVID-19.

Have been in contact with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to your departure.

Have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to your departure.

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Your COVID-19 travel essentials

Masks

Plan to bring enough masks based on the length of your trip.

Hand sanitizer

Bring a container no bigger than 100 ml if you travel by plane.

Thermometer

Have one on hand to take your temperature if needed.