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The Canadian government created a free app to help provide mandatory travel information required for entering Canada. As of November 21, 2020, those traveling to Canada will be able to submit their required information digitally through the ArriveCAN app. In efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, all travelers are required to provide contact and quarantine information upon and after arriving in Canada.
The ArriveCAN App for Canadian Travel and Immigration
Many other countries have required everyone in their country to provide their quarantine information via an app and Canada created one similar. The new ArriveCAN app will be a significant step in stopping or reducing the spread of COVID-19 in Canada by sharing information with provinces/territories and law enforcement. The benefits of having this digital app include:
- easily accessible for health officials to follow-up with those infected
- allow law enforcement to verify compliance
- help travellers reduce their processing time at the border
- limit physical contact between travellers and border officers/health agency officers
How to Use ArriveCAN
ArriveCAN can be available as a mobile app or you can log in online through any browser. ArriveCAN allows you to submit your information easily and securely before arriving in Canada. The app is available to download in the Apple App Store and Google Play. The app is available for iOS, Android, and online.
Do I Need to Use the ArriveCAN App to Enter Canada?
Unless your travel is exempt then you are required to use ArriveCAN or a paper form. Once you have entered Canada you will be required to keep it installed on your phone or keep your account active online throughout your quarantine. You will need to complete daily symptom reporting for the 14 days of entering Canada. Once the 14th day of quarantine is complete, then you can delete the app.
Pre-Entry Checklist: Traveling to Canada
- Pre-entry test
- ArriveCAN receipt
- Proof of vaccination
- Have quarantine plans if positive
- Upload travel document to ArriveCAN
- Prepare for possible arrival testing (air travelers)
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