As of April 15, 2020, Government of Canada updated its Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act to self-isolate or mandatory quarantine when entering Canada. Now, all travelers arriving in Canada, by land, air, or sea, whether they are symptomatic or asymptomatic, will need to confirm if they have a suitable place to isolate or quarantine and whether they will have access to basic necessities such as food and medication. Travelers must have such a plan available prior to arriving to Canada. For travelers who do not have an appropriate plan in place, must go to places designated by the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada for self-isolation or quarantine. This criterion is newly applied to asymptomatic travelers.

Additionally, travelers cannot isolate or quarantine in a place where they would be in contact with people who are vulnerable, such as adults aged 65 years or over and people with pre-existing medical conditions. While proceeding to their final destination for self-isolation or quarantine, all travelers must wear non-medical mask or face covering. The Government officials will conduct spot checks to verify compliance with the Emergency Order. If any non-compliance of the Order is found, there will be a fine up to $750,000 or imprisonment up to 6 months.

The above updated measures are in addition to the Emergency Order issued on March 25th, 2020 that requires mandatory quarantine or self-isolation when entering Canada.

These guidelines are fluid and/or may change in a matter of days and/or weeks. We will try to keep our readers updated with regard to the most current immigration procedures and guidelines.

If you should have any questions or need more information about the ways in which the U.S. and Canada Immigration and Nationality Laws may impact you, your family, your friends or your colleagues, please contact the U.S. and Canada Immigration and Nationality Lawyers at the NPZ Law Group – VISASERVE – U.S. and Canada Immigration and Nationality Lawyers by e-mailing us at or by calling us at 201-670-0006 (x107). You can also visit our Law Firm’s website at