Major's Hill Park, view of Parliament, Cycling

Visiting Ottawa safely during COVID-19

Last updated on July 27, 2021, and reviewed every weekday for accuracy.

Ottawa Tourism’s top priority is the health and safety of our community and our visitors. Ontario, including Ottawa, is now in Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen which means businesses are open, though some capacity restrictions still apply. The situation is fluid and each business is adapting as best they can. If you are interested in a specific attraction, event, or business, we recommend confirming information directly with them, via their website or social media feeds.

Travel within Canada to Ontario is currently possible, with no restrictions. Canada’s border will reopen for fully vaccinated U.S. visitors on Monday, August 9, 2021 and for fully vaccinated international visitors on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. Check exact requirements before crossing the border. Entrance into Canada requires the use of the ArriveCAN mobile app.

It is also recommended that visitors (and Canadian residents) download the COVID Alert app.

We encourage everyone to refer to official government sources of information (see below), and please follow health and safety protocols, such as: frequently washing your hands with soap and water; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; staying at least 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people; and wearing a mask in enclosed public spaces and in situations where physical distancing is not possible (including when outdoors) as per the current mask bylaw.

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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