Most recent updates to Canada’s travel restrictions & immigration policies during the COVID-19 pandemic

Most recent updates to Canada’s travel restrictions & immigration policies during the COVID-19 pandemi
Most recent updates to Canada’s travel restrictions & immigration policies during the COVID-19 pandemi

Canada has ended pre-arrival COVID-19 testing for fully vaccinated travelers

As of April 1, 2022, fully vaccinated travellers no longer need to take a pre-arrival COVID-19 test in order to enter Canada. Travellers who are not fully vaccinated and arriving in Canada, whether by air or at the U.S.-Canada land border, must still take a COVID-19 test prior to arriving at the port of entry.

Fully vaccinated travelers still have to submit proof of vaccination via the Arrive CAN app in order to enter Canada. As well, travelers arriving by air may still be subject to randomized PCR testing at the airport (although fully vaccinated travelers selected for random testing do not have to isolate while awaiting results).

Most unvaccinated travellers are not able to enter Canada at this time. However, those unvaccinated travellers who are eligible to enter Canada remain subject to strict COVID-19 testing and isolation requirements.

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Who can enter Canada during COVID-19?

If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19: You are eligible to enter Canada as long as you follow the special travel requirements for vaccinated travellers. In order to be considered “fully vaccinated,” you must have received the full series of one of the COVID-19 vaccines approved for entry to Canada (or a combination of accepted vaccines). You must have received your last dose at least 14 days prior to travelling. Canada currently accepts seven vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Covishield, Johnson & Johnson, Sinopharm, Sinovac, and Covaxin. If you have been vaccinated using a different vaccine, Canada does not consider you fully vaccinated at this time.

Children under the age of 12 travelling with fully vaccinated parents/guardians can enter Canada and are exempt from quarantine requirements. Refer here for details about requirements for children under the age of 12.

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If you are unvaccinated/partially vaccinated against COVID-19: You can only enter Canada if you meet one of the exemptions to Canada’s travel restrictions and follow Canada’s special travel requirements (including COVID-19 testing and mandatory 14-day quarantine). The following groups can cross the border into Canada, even if they are unvaccinated:

  • Children under the age of 18 who wish to visit family or attend post-secondary institutions;
  • Temporary foreign workers working in farming or food processing (other occupations require vaccination);
  • Approved permanent residents (COPR-holders) who have not yet arrived in Canada;
  • Those transiting through Canada to another country; and
  • Those entering for compassionate reasons, those receiving essential medical services, those living in certain border communities, members of marine crews, and certain types of diplomats.

Unvaccinated travellers should note that proof of vaccination is required for domestic flights within Canada and for train travel on Canada’s national VIA Rail network. Moreover, most Canadian provinces require proof of vaccination to access non-essential services and activities, like restaurants, gyms, concerts, etc.

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What do you need when travelling to Canada during COVID-19?

If you travel to Canada at this time, there are strict requirements for entry. The entry requirements are different for travellers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and those who are not fully vaccinated.

Fully vaccinated travellers to Canada: Special travel requirements

Starting April 1, 2022, pre-entry testing is no longer required for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada by land, air or water. You must still use ArriveCAN after April 1.

In order to be considered “fully vaccinated,” you must have received the full series of one of the COVID-19 vaccines approved for entry to Canada (or a combination of accepted vaccines). You must have received your last dose at least 14 days prior to travelling. Canada currently accepts seven vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Covishield, Johnson & Johnson, Sinopharm, Sinovac, and Covaxin. If you have been vaccinated using a different vaccine, Canada does not consider you fully vaccinated at this time.

  1. Pre-Entry COVID-19 test: This requirement ended as of April 1, 2022.
  2. Proof of vaccination submitted via ArriveCAN app: Fully vaccinated individuals travelling to Canada are strongly encouraged to use the Arrive CAN app before arriving in Canada to submit information regarding their proof of vaccination and other details. If you are unable to access the ArriveCAN app, or forget to complete it in advance, it may be possible to submit your information at the Canadian port of entry.
  3. Randomized on-arrival COVID-19 testing & isolation: Certain air travellers coming from outside Canada will be randomly selected to complete a COVID-19 test at the airport at which they arrive. This includes fully vaccinated travellers. If a fully vaccinated traveller is randomly selected for an on-arrival COVID-19 test, they do not have to isolate until they receive the results of their COVID-19 test.
  4. Children under the age of 12: Children under the age of 12 travelling with fully vaccinated parents/guardians can enter Canada and are exempt from travel requirements, even if the child is not fully vaccinated. This means that children can immediately return to school, daycare, and other activities.
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Unvaccinated / partially vaccinated travellers to Canada: Special travel requirements

If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, please refer here for the instructions that apply to you.

First, ensure that you are allowed to enter Canada. If you are eligible to enter Canada at this time, you will need to follow these special measures:

  1. Pre-Entry COVID-19 test: All travellers over five years of age arriving in Canada must show negative test results from a COVID-19 molecular test (note: antigen tests, often called “rapid tests,” are not accepted) obtained no more than 72 hours prior their flight departure or scheduled arrival at a land border
  2. Travellers who have recently recovered from COVID-19 may instead show a positive COVID-19 test result from 11 to 180 days prior to arrival.
  3. Mandatory 14-day quarantine: Unvaccinated/partially vaccinated travellers entering Canada will be forced to enter a mandatory 14-day quarantine. You must prepare an isolation plan in advance of arrival in Canada detailing where and how you will complete your quarantine. Certain exemptions will be made for essential workers and in certain compassionate situations.
  4. On-arrival and Day 8 COVID-19 tests: All unvaccinated/partially vaccinated air passengers arriving in Canada are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival and an additional test after Day 8 of their quarantine. Details on these tests can be found here. Regardless of the test results, unvaccinated travellers must remain in quarantine for the full 14 days.
  5. All travellers — ArriveCAN app: All those travelling to Canada are strongly encouraged to use the ArriveCAN app to submit information regarding their travel/contact info, quarantine plan, and COVID-19 self-assessment. If you are unable to access the ArriveCAN app, or forget to complete it in advance, it may be possible to submit your information at the Canadian port of entry.
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Common questions for travellers arriving in Canada:

  • Is it possible to quarantine at a household that I share with a family member, partner, or friend? Yes, but only if certain conditions are met. Refer to our guide to see if your quarantine plan meets the criteria.

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Insurance for Canada

  • Provincial healthcare may not cover you for your first few months in Canada. To find out how to get coverage and why, please read our guide.
  • If you need or want to purchase travel or health insurance for Canada, you can find recommended insurance providers here.

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