COVID-19 SAFE Travel

Last updated on August 2, 2021 

Ontario, including the Niagara Region, is now in Step Three of the province’s three step plan. Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 100 people  are permitted to take place. Indoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 25 people can also take place. Capacity limits are still in effect for indoor services at retail locations, places of worship, sports and recreational fitness facilities, museums, gaming halls, cinemas, theatres and other performing arts venues.

The COVID-19 situation is still a fluid one, and we recommend confirming any plans to visit with each business, attraction or event organizer directly via phone, email or  social media.

Niagara Region’s mandatory face covering by-law (2020-46) aligns with orders issued by the province and applies to everyone, regardless of vaccination status. This by-law will expire when the province lifts its order on face coverings.


Domestic Travel Advice

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health strongly advises that travel between provinces and territories should be limited to essential purposes only. To slow the spread of COVID-19, any visitors to Niagara’s South Coast from outside Ontario should self-isolate or quarantine for 14 days. If you are a Canadian resident and travelling by car or plane within the country, there are no federal travel requirements.


International Travel Advice

All travellers arriving in Canada by land or air must have tested negative for COVID-19 within a 72-hour period prior to departure. An arrival test is also required before  leaving the airport or the land border testing station. Fully vaccinated travellers who meet specific conditions may be exempt from quarantine, hotel stopover (for air only) and the Day-8 testing requirement. If the Government of Canada’s vaccination and other entry requirements are not met, including use of ArriveCAN before arrival, foreign nationals (including U.S. citizens) can be denied entry into the country.

Partially vaccinated people who arrive by air, regardless of citizenship, need to go directly to a government-approved hotel to await test results. Upon receiving a negative result on the arrival test, whether taken at an airport or land border crossing, travellers must go directly to a quarantine location to complete the mandatory 14-day  quarantine. A COVID-19 At Home Specimen Collection Kit must be completed and  produce a negative result to leave the place of quarantine.


Niagara’s South Coast has been awarded the Safe Travels Stamp from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), in conjunction with the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO), demonstrating a commitment to advocate for the implementation of health and hygiene protocols.

Businesses in different sectors, ranging from hospitality and accommodations to retail and tour operators, continue to align with common standards to ensure the safety of their workforce and customers. Niagara’s South Coast supports the effort made by tourism stakeholders all over the world to achieve industry recovery from COVID-19.

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