Canada to check temperatures of travelers

Kareem El-Assal
Published: June 16, 2020

Canada will soon make it a requirement that airlines check the temperatures of travelers within Canada as well as those looking to fly to the country.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was first to make this announcement during his daily coronavirus briefing on Friday June 12. It will be mandatory for airlines to screen passengers before boarding flights, which will complement existing safety measures.

For instance, Canada also currently mandates that travelers quarantine for two weeks when arriving to the country.

Canada has had travel restrictions in place since March 18 to limit the spread of COVID-19 which are set to expire on June 30. The federal government has yet to provide indication on its plans beyond this month.

Find out if you are eligible for any Canadian immigration programs

Temperature checks will be gradually implemented

Canada's transport minister Marc Garneau has said that it will take several months to implement this new policy.

In the first phase, the requirement will take effect by the end of June for travelers coming to Canada.

Minister Garneau said it will then be expanded to Canada's four largest airports by the end of July (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Calgary).

By the end of September, it will be expanded to 11 more airports in Canada.

Canada will make it a requirement for airlines overseas to check passengers for fevers, something which many airlines are already doing.

Doing this inside of Canada, however, will take some time to introduce. The federal government still needs to purchase screening equipment and establish procedures.

Garneau said that any traveler with a fever will have their temperature checked again within 10 minutes. If the second check confirms the fever, the passenger will not be permitted to board the flight and will be told to try boarding again in 14 days.

The minister noted the federal government is working with airlines to allow such passengers to rebook their trip without incurring significant rebooking fees.

While temperature screenings are not yet in place at Canadian airports, the country has mandated other health precautions such as social distancing at airports, mandatory masks for all passengers and air crew, cleaning protocols, and health questionnaires.

Find out if you are eligible for any Canadian immigration programs

© 2020 CIC News All Rights Reserved

Share this article
Share your voice
Did you find this article helpful?
Thank you for your feedback.
Subscribe to our newsletter
Did you find this article helpful?
Please provide a response
Thank you for your helpful feedback
Please contact us if you would like to share additional feedback, have a question, or would like Canadian immigration assistance.
  • Do you need Canadian immigration assistance? Contact the Contact Cohen Immigration Law firm by completing our form
  • Send us your feedback or your non-legal assistance questions by emailing us at
Top Stories
Financial Planning Basics for New Canadians – The importance of budgeting and cash flow management
How does IRCC choose sponsors through the Parents and Grandparents Program?
Can I be a dual citizen if I immigrate to Canada?
Join our free newsletter. Get Canada's top immigration stories delivered to your inbox.
More in Citizenship
Can I be a dual citizen if I immigrate to Canada?
family with kids boy and girl standing in park and holding large Canadian flag
IRCC introduces interim measure allowing some foreign nationals to gain Canadian citizenship faster
Two young adults, male and female, with backpacks, enjoying time together during a hike on a beautiful sunny spring day.
Canada’s immigration minister proposes new legislation for Canadian citizenship by descent
Immigration Minister Marc Miller has introduced legislation to update Canada's citizenship laws.
Canada celebrates Citizenship Week 2024
Canada is marking its annual citizenship week.
Link copied to clipboard