Fully vaccinated visitors who are exempt from travel restrictions will not be required to quarantine or perform a COVID-19 test on day-8, beginning July 5, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EDT, as part of Canada’s progressive approach to reducing border barriers.
Travellers who arrive in Canada before that date who have been vaccinated will still be required to quarantine.
Travel restrictions do not apply to Canadians, permanent residents, and their family members, as well as some temporary foreign workers and international students who attend a school with a COVID-19 preparedness plan.
In addition, holders of a valid Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) are now exempt from the requirement and may visit Canada.
Patty Hajdu, Canada’s health minister, said the country is working on a “proof of vaccination” that the federal government will approve.
You must have obtained immunizations approved by the Canadian government to be considered fully immunized in Canada. This implies that at least 14 days before entering Canada, you should have had two doses of the Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca vaccinations, or one dose of the Janssen vaccine, or permitted combinations.
Make sure you have the proper documentation for both doses if you received two doses from two different locations.
If you’re considering a trip to Canada soon, here’s what you should know.
Before you go to Canada, here are some things to consider.
If you do not match the entry requirements for fully vaccinated travellers, you will need to schedule your quarantine before travelling to Canada.
You must take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival in Canada. Upon arrival, you must also pre-register for your COVID-19 test.
Make sure you have the ArriveCAN app on your phone. The following information must be entered into the application:
- your contact and travel information;
- your quarantine plan;
- your 14-day travel history;
- your proof of vaccination in English or French;
- a COVID-19 symptom self-assessment; and
- a confirmation of a negative COVID-19 test result or a positive result taken between 14 and 90 days before travelling.
Come with your documents, including a digital or paper copy of proof of vaccination.
If you don’t have a smartphone or won’t have access to data while travelling, you can fill out the required information on the ArriveCAN website and print or save a screenshot.
At the border Canada
You may be required to produce information and papers, such as a negative COVID-19 test and confirmation of immunization, when you arrive in Canada.
Make sure you have the ArriveCAN receipt on your phone as you approach the border officer. You may be required to show the officer this receipt.
You’ll also have to answer questions about your vaccination, as well as questions regarding your eligibility and health screening.
You must complete your COVID-19 test on-site if testing services are available upon arrival. If you don’t, you’ll be given a home test kit to use when you get to your final destination.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms or are found to be ineligible for the travel restrictions, you must follow the directions given to you by the government agent.
As soon as you arrive in Canada
You will not need to stay at a government-approved hotel if you are exempt from the travel restrictions, do not have any symptoms of the virus, and are fully vaccinated. You won’t have to quarantine yourself, and you won’t have to undergo another test on the eighth day after you arrive.
For children under the age of 12, no vaccine has been approved in Canada.
When children travel to Canada, they may be required to quarantine when they return home.
There will be no need for them to stay in a hotel.
If you are unable to get vaccinated due to health reasons, you must still quarantine and do a COVID-19 test on the eighth day. Anyone above the age of five is affected.
If you received a home test kit instead of a COVID-19 test when you arrived, fill it out and send it to the lab.
If your test results come back positive, you’ll need to quarantine and isolate yourself from the rest of the world.