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Travel between Canada and other countries, June 2021

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Released: 2021-08-20

Highlights

Although historically low, the number of international arrivals to Canada in June increased from the same month last year.

Travellers from overseas countries made 34,500 trips to Canada in June, almost 15,000 more than last June, but still down 96.1% from the pre-pandemic levels of June 2019.

In June, over 25,000 more American residents travelled to Canada than in June 2020, yet this was down 95.7% from the same month in 2019.

Canadians made a total of 372,000 return trips home from abroad in June. While this number was up by over 125,000 from June 2020, it was down 91.3% from June 2019.

Travel restrictions continue

Restrictions on international travel have been in place for over 15 months, including those on non-essential travel across the Canada–US border, and were extended for another 30 days on June 21, 2021.

In June, the advisory against non-essential travel outside Canada remained in effect, as did the mandatory 14-day quarantine period for Canadians returning from abroad. International air travellers have also been required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival, with a mandatory hotel stopover since February.

Overseas arrivals up but far below pre-pandemic levels

The number of residents from overseas countries arriving in Canada jumped to 34,500 in June, from 19,900 in June of last year. However, this was far below the 889,100 overseas arrivals in June 2019, before the pandemic.

Arrivals from Asia, Canada's largest market, were up year over year from 6,200 to 12,900 in June, but still 95.8% below the pre-pandemic level in June 2019. Travel from other major markets also remained low throughout June.

For example, while travel originating from Europe nearly doubled from 4,800 in 2020 to 9,200 this year, it was significantly down from the 365,500 arrivals in the same month in 2019.

More Americans crossing into Canada

In June, US residents took 128,400 trips to Canada, up from 101,600 in the same month last year, but just a fraction of the 3.0 million such trips made in June 2019.

With requirements for testing and quarantine in effect, 8,200 US residents arrived by plane in June. While up marginally from June 2020, this number pales in comparison to the 685,300 Americans who flew into Canada during the same month in 2019.

American residents arriving to Canada by car increased to 117,100 in June, up from 91,500 last year, but represented less than a tenth of the 1.9 million arrivals in June 2019. Just over two out of every three of these car trips involved a same-day return (79,600), while the remainder were overnight trips (37,600).

US visits by Canadians remain low

The number of Canadian residents returning from the United States in June was 310,900, roughly 100,000 more than in June 2020, but far below pre-pandemic levels, as 3.5 million Canadians returned home during the same month in 2019.

Car arrivals rose by nearly 85,000 year over year to 277,000 Canadian residents, of which 216,000 were same-day trips. However, this was down from the 2.7 million return trips by car that Canadian residents took in June 2019.

Despite ongoing travel advisories and restrictions, the number of Canadians flying back from the United States rose from 16,200 last June to 25,300 in June 2021. However, this was still down 96.0% from the same month in 2019.

More Canadians returning from overseas

In June, 61,200 Canadian residents returned home from travel overseas, up from 35,900 such trips in June 2020, but 92.2% lower compared with the pre-pandemic level in June 2019.

Border crossings set to increase

Cross-border traffic rose with the easing of federal requirements beginning on July 5, 2021. As of this date, testing upon arrival with a hotel stopover and the 14-day quarantine are no longer required for fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents. For a peek at July, see the Leading indicator of international arrivals to Canada, released earlier this month.


  Note to readers

Statistics Canada's Frontier Counts program uses administrative data from the Canada Border Services Agency on all international travellers who have been cleared for entry or re-entry into Canada.

Since April 2020, releases have been based on unadjusted data (not seasonally adjusted) to emphasize the change in actual volumes.

Seasonally adjusted data from March to May 2021 have been revised.

Overseas countries refer to countries other than the United States.

A Canadian resident traveller is a Canadian resident who travelled outside Canada for a period of less than 12 months.

A non-resident traveller is a resident of a country other than Canada who travelled to Canada for a period of less than 12 months.

An overnight traveller or a tourist is a traveller whose trip includes one or more nights' stay.

Products

The June 2021 issue of International Travel, Advance Information, Vol. 40, no. 6 (Catalogue number66-001-P), is now available.

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