Health Checks by Air Carriers

Classification: Unclassified

Branch/Agency: Transport Canada

Proposed Response:


Interim Order to Prevent Certain Persons from Boarding Flights to Canada due to COVID-19.

The interim Order defines immediate family member as follows:

The interim Order prohibits air carrier from permitting a foreign national to board an aircraft for a flight to Canada departing from any country other than the United States but does not apply to the following persons:

Denial of boarding

Travellers are only denied boarding for a period of 14 days or until a medical certificate can be provided indicating the patient does not carry the virus. It is expected that most air carriers would rebook these passengers, and encourage all travel service providers to take a reasonable and balanced approach to helping their customers return to Canada.

A traveller who has already been denied boarding by either the same or another air carrier flying to Canada could face a $5,000 penalty should they try to board the flight without a valid medical certificate. 


Prepared by: Adriana Simedrea, Chief, Parliamentary Affairs, Transport Canada, 613-993-9177

Approved by: Jimmy Brackenridge, Director, Strategic Services, Transport Canada, 613-852-5763

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