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COVID-19: Travel

If you are planning travel, be aware that COVID-19 still circulating across the province, Canada and internationally. The safest option is to stay close to home but if you choose to travel, follow these tips:

  • Check travel advisories and visit websites of provincial governments, local health units or authorities for destination(s) as there may be differences between provinces and communities.
  • For travel within Ontario, determine which areas are high risk with this interactive map.
  • Always practice the usual personal protective measures such as physical distancing, wearing a mask when that isn't possible, and frequent hand hygiene.
  • Avoided crowded areas.
  • Don’t travel if you, or someone you are traveling with, have any symptoms or feel sick.
  • Monitor yourself for symptoms when you travel and when you return. If you get symptoms, even if mild, isolate where you are and seek assessment and testing.
  • If you choose to travel to a high-risk area, when you return, whether you have symptoms or not, the PHU is asking residents to consider self-isolating as much as possible.
  • If you must travel outside of Canada, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days upon your return to Canada.

Travel outside of the Porcupine Health Unit district

The safest option is to stay close to home and limit non-essential travel. Examples of essential travel include medical/health related reasons, and/or work related for essential employees. 

If you do choose to travel or have essential travel needs outside the district, and have COVID-19 symptoms when you return, please self-isolate immediately. Contact your local Assessment Centre, your primary care provider or the Porcupine Health Unit at 1-866-797-0000 for additional screening.

These measures will help stop the community spread of COVID-19 in our district.

At this time, the government of Ontario states that only those returning from international travel must self-isolate for 14 days upon their return.

Returning from international travel

The Government of Canada is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in Canada and in other countries.

As of midnight, March 25, 2020, an Emergency Order under the Government of Canada’s Quarantine Act requires that all travellers returning from outside of Canada by air, sea or land self-isolate for 14 days.

For travellers who have returned from anywhere outside of Canada:

  • Self-isolate for 14 days after return from travel outside of Canada.
  • Monitor health for fever, cough or difficulty breathing.
  • Wash your hands often for 15 seconds and cover your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing or sneezing.
  • Equip your caregivers, household members and close contacts with information on how to monitor their health.
  • Contact the health unit if you experience symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days of returning to Canada, and describe your travel history and symptoms.

On April 14th, the Government of Canada updated the mandatory requirements for travellers entering Canada. Whether or not travellers have symptoms, and for those who cannot isolate in a place where they would not be in contact with people who are vulnerable, such as adults aged 65 years or over and people with pre-existing medical conditions, the requirements are:

  • Every traveller needs to confirm that they have a suitable place to isolate where they will have access to basic necessities, such as food and medication.
  • Travellers will be expected to make plans for where they will isolate prior to arriving to Canada.
  • Travellers who do not have an appropriate place to isolate themselves must go to a place designated byt the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada. These criteria are newly applied to asymptomatic travellers.
  • All travellers arriving in Canada will be required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering to proceed to their final destination where they will isolate. They will be provided with a mask if they do not have one.

Learn about travel advisories on the Government of Canada travel page.  

Check the listed exposure locations to see if you may have been exposed to COVID-19.