The situation in Montréal: what you need to know

This article was updated on June 27, 2022. 

Who’s up for dancing and karaoke? Yep, most COVID restrictions in Montréal and the province of Québec are now lifted!  

The city’s vibrant array of hotels, restaurants, bars, boutiques and malls, museums, theatres, concert and sports venues, popular attractions and more are open at full capacity and ready to serve all comers in a manner that is mindful of safety and security.

 

Things to know before you go

As the city gets back into the swing of things, there are still a few key things to keep in mind to ensure a safe and seamless Montréal experience:

 

Preparing your trip to Montréal

 

Already in Montréal? Welcome and enjoy!

The following is a quick rundown of some of the many things you can do during your time in Montréal, and the health measures that may apply. (And we think you’ll agree that picking from all of your options while visiting Montréal is the hard part — staying safe is easy!)

 

Hotels and transportation: Whether it’s of the major chain or swanky boutique variety, Montréal’s multitude of amazing hotels (you’ve got 25,000 rooms to choose from), and accommodation establishments of all types, are open, accessible and at your service. As far as getting around goes, buses, the subway (or metro as we call it here), ferries, taxis, car services, etc. are the way to go.

 

Restaurants: Montréal’s world-renowned restaurants are back to blowing minds with their culinary excellence. 

 

Bars, breweries and casinos: Nightlife at Montréal’s many bars, breweries and at its casino is back! If you’ve never been, you absolutely must treat yourself to a visit to the utterly one-of-a-kind Casino de Montréal, with its four restaurants of fine dining and live entertainment.

 

Stores, markets and shopping centres: All your favourite chic boutiques and trendy shops, one-of-a-kind farmer’s markets (like the incomparable Atwater Market and renowned Jean-Talon Market) and next-level shopping centres (including those that are linked to Montréal’s world-famous Underground City) are all open for business.

 

Museums and galleries: The city’s numerous museums and galleries are open and happy to share their newest exhibitions. It’s also important to note that some museums might ask that you book your visit in advance. 

 

Amusement parks, recreation centres, zoological gardens and aquariums:  Take advantage of Montréal’s dizzying array of recreational activities or other must-visit MTL mainstays such as the Biodôme or the Botanical Garden. Just check if you need to reserve your tickets before you go.

 

Cultural events, shows and performances: Live music concerts, theatre and dance performances and movie theatres are back. Sports events in arenas and stadiums (like checking out the city’s beloved Montreal Canadiens, or Habs as we call them, at the Bell Centre) are also ready to welcome back fans.

 

What to do if you test positive for COVID-19 while visiting Montréal

Firstly, before travelling to Montréal, please see with your local insurance companies to enquire about COVID-specific insurance that will cover the extension of your stay and any additional expenses.

If you test positive for COVID-19, please inform your hotel that you must quarantine and discuss extending your stay. Then inform the Canadian Public Health agency at 1-833-641-0343. Currently, isolation is mandatory for 10 days (either since you were tested or from the time you received your result; the agent from Public Health will let you know).

If you wish to do another test, coordinate with the hotel. Mobile testing clinics, such as Globulab Santé, can come directly to your hotel room. Should you receive a negative result from this second test, please contact the Public Health agency to get the green light before resuming your activities.

If you need to order groceries during your quarantine, you can do so online at:

Before you return home

It's already time to head home? You can get a COVID-19 screening test at the YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport. Find out which one you need to take for your return and book it in advance here.

 

Official information sources

For specific questions regarding public health guidelines, government regulations and support programs, or about travel to and within Montréal, we recommend consulting these sites for official, up-to-date information:

 

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