Coronavirus and FAQs at (YOW) airport

Coronavirus Answers and Frequently Asked Questions for Passengers at Ottawa airport (YOW)

IMPORTANT: The information provided below is only a quick guide, but it may be subject to change due to permanent changes in the health situation. Therefore, always corroborate the information with the official entities and the airline with which you intend to travel to and also check if at the time of your trip, the country you are coming from is not within the list of High Risk Countries.

Covid-19: Regulations for travel to Canada

International travel to Canada is permitted for vaccinated travelers. There are exceptions for unvaccinated citizens and those traveling for "essential reasons". You need to meet the requirements to ensure entry is allowed.

Exceptional travel

There are exemptions to border closure for essential reasons, such as travel for temporary foreign workers, international students, and compassionate reasons. Tourist travel is not allowed unless fully vaccinated. You can find a full list of exemptions at are revoked if another country has been visited in the previous 14 days that is considered to have a variant of the virus. The entry of travelers will be allowed. This does not apply to Canadian citizens or permanent residents who must follow further quarantine and testing requirements, regardless of vaccination status. The list of countries and more information can be found at -19-omicron-variant-of-concern.html

Other restrictions

When leaving Canada, travelers must present a valid certificate for full COVID-19 vaccination. There are limited exceptions, such as for emergency travel, more information can be found at - federally-regulated-transportation-employees-and-travelers.html

Vaccinations and travel rules for vaccinated people

Travelers who present a valid international certificate for full COVID-19 vaccination, using an approved vaccine, do not require an essential reason to enter and are exempt from quarantine requirements. Vaccinated travelers are still required to provide a pre-departure test and can be randomly selected to be screened upon arrival. Travelers should also have a proper quarantine plan for 14 days as a precaution, even when seeking full vaccination exemption. Proof of vaccination must be uploaded to the ArriveCAN app. Final dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior to departure and supporting documentation must be in English, French, or with a certified translation. You can find more information at

It is mandatory to submit medical certificate / proof

Proof of a negative test result, taken within the previous 72 hours, must be provided upon departure. Instead, travelers can provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. This will require proof of a positive test result, taken at least 14 days prior to departure and no more than 180 days prior to departure. The negative molecular test result or recovery proof must be uploaded to the ArriveCAN app. More information on testing requirements, such as accepted test types, can be found at - venir-a-canadá? utm_campaign = gac-amc-covid-20-21 & utm_source = travel-covid_travel-restriction_flying_ & utm_medium = redirect & utm_content = es # haciendo la prueba

Test is done upon arrival

A molecular test will be administered on arrival and travelers will receive COVID-19 home sample collection kits to be taken on day 8 of the quarantine period. The kit contains information on how to collect, store, and ship the samples. Travelers can register for the test by reaching gac -amc-covid-20-21 & utm_source = travel-covid_travel-restrictions_flying_ & utm_medium = redirect & utm_content = en # register Travelers who can provide proof of a positive test result, taken at least 14 days prior to departure and no more than 180 days before, they are exempt from the Arriving test.

Additional documents required

The ArriveCAN app must be downloaded to submit proof of vaccination, negative test result, previous recovery, contact information, and quarantine plan. All necessary information must be sent at least 72 hours before arrival.

For more details Government of Canada

Covid: What to take into account when entering Canada?

If you are not resident, unless you meet specific criteria to qualify as fully vaccinated, you cannot enter Canada for optional reasons, such as:
spending time at a seasonal home or cottage, childcare for your relatives, a personal or casual visit, tourism, fishing, entertainment or leisure
Fully vaccinated foreign nationals may be allowed to enter Canada for optional travel starting on specific dates:
August 9, 2021: American citizens and permanent residents of the United States, who currently reside in the U.S., and who meet specific criteria to qualify as fully vaccinated
August 9, 2021: French citizens who currently reside in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, and who meet specific criteria to qualify as fully vaccinated
September 7,2021 (tentative): All other foreign nationals who meet specific criteria to qualify as fully vaccinated
Warning: Until the specific dates, foreign nationals who come to Canada for non-essential reasons will be turned away at the border. Find out if you can enter Canada >>

Latest updates: March 02, 2022


World situation. General considerations
Due to the advancement of vaccination worldwide, documentation and testing restrictions have been eliminated in many countries. In fact, in some countries, by presenting the complete vaccination certificate against Coronavirus, RT-PCR or antigen test results are no longer required, nor is a health affidavit form.

However, we insist once again, that in the situation of constant changes, it is always important to consult and finalize details with the airline and, if necessary, with the airport as well as, in the case of international flights, with the embassy or consulate near the final destination, and also with the countries involved for connecting flights, if any.
In this sense, it is useful to review the International Map of the current restrictions of each country.

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