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Ottawa updates for visitors

Last updated on May 15, 2022

COVID-19 Update

Ottawa Tourism’s top priority is the health and safety of our community and our visitors. Ottawa Tourism encourages all visitors to fully review travel requirements (summarized below) before travel, and to follow all public health measures while visiting Ottawa. Ottawa has a high rate of vaccination and tourism operators are diligent with safety protocols.

While the province of Ontario no longer requires masks in most indoor public spaces, there are a few exceptions like public transit and individual establishments which may still ask their customers to wear one; please verify exact conditions with any businesses or attractions you may plan to visit to get up-to-date information. Businesses may also require proof of vaccination. Similar rules apply in the neighbouring province of Québec.

Travel and Vaccination Considerations:

  • Travelling within Canada: Domestic travel by train, air, and ship requires proof of full vaccination.
  • Travelling to Ottawa from abroad: Canada’s border is open for fully vaccinated visitors, and pre-travel tests are not required for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada. Check exact requirements, including the required ArriveCAN mobile app, before crossing the border. See Ottawa Public Health’s page on testing for the purpose of pre-travel clearance for a list of locations where pre-travel tests are available. 

For additional COVID-19 related information, visit the following websites:

Ottawa Tourism has been awarded the #SafeTravels Stamp, which recognizes organizations that have adopted standardized protocols regarding health and hygiene. This exemplifies the organization’s commitment to the safety and wellbeing of the destination, its residents and community members, and of Ottawa Tourism’s clients and stakeholders.

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