International Travel to Canada

Provided by: COVID-19: Travel and Isolation Regulations

Service Description

Due to COVID-19, temporary travel restrictions to Canada are in place.

Currently foreign nationals who meet the criteria as being fully vaccinated, can enter Canada for discretionary reasons without having to quarantine.

Travellers who are not vaccinated are only able to enter Canada for specific reasons and must quarantine for 14 days with testing on day 8. Some exemptions apply. Use the online tool to determine travel eligibility and if quarantine and testing are required: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/wizard-start

Examples of exemptions include:
  • Canadian citizens (including dual citizens)
  • Permanent resident of Canada
  • Persons registered under the Indian Act
  • Protected persons (refugee status)
*Anyone who falls into the above categories and has symptoms can enter by land or sea but cannot board an airplane. A suitable place and plan to isolate must be presented.
Other examples include, but are not limited to:
  • Family reunification
  • Compassionate reasons
  • Some international students
  • Essential workers
  • Some temporary foreign workers
  • French citizens who live in Saint-Pierre and Miquelon and have only been in Canada, the U.S. or Saint-Pierre and Miquelon during the 14 days before the day they seek to enter Canada
*Anyone who falls into the above categories and has symptoms cannot enter Canada

To be considered fully vaccinated:
  • Must be eligible to enter Canada
  • Have received the full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine or a combination of accepted vaccines
  • Have received the last dose at least 14 days prior to the day entering Canada
*Accepted vaccines are: Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNTech), Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, Janssen/Johnson and Johnson

TESTING REQUIRED FOR ENTRY TO CANADA:
  • All travellers 5 years of age or older, regardless of citizenship, must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result
  • There are no exemptions to pre-entry testing for fully vaccinated travellers
  • If arriving in Canada by a land border crossing, a test must be undertaken in the United States within 72 hours of planned entry into Canada
  • If flying to Canada, a test must be taken within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of flight to Canada (airlines will refuse boarding to travellers who are unable to provide a valid molecular test result)
  • For connecting flights, the test must be conducted within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of the last direct flight to Canada (a test may need to be scheduled in the transit city)
  • No test is required for domestic air travel in Canada
  • All travellers must be tested on entry to Canada, regardless of vaccination status
See website for complete details on testing required to enter Canada: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/flying-canada-checklist/covid-19-testing-travellers-coming-into-canada#getting-tested

QUARATINE PERIOD:
  • The quarantine period is 14 days
  • If a negative result is received on Day 8, quarantine can end after the 14 days
  • If a positive result is received, immediate self-isolation must begin for a 14 day period from the time the test with the positive result was taken

Information

Eligibility:
See website for complete list of exemptions, restrictions, and criteria for entry into Canada
Fees:
No fees
How to Access:
All travellers, whether entering Canada by air, land or marine vessel, are required to register online using ArriveCAN, BEFORE travelling to Canada. Information must be submitted within 72 hours before arrival. * Air travellers who are in transit through Canada and are not leaving the secure area in the airport, do not need to register.
Documents Required:
To travel to Canada: ArriveCAN receipt * Proof of a negative COVID-19 test * Valid passport and travel documents * ArriveCAN requires contact information and travel details, vaccination information and pre-entry test results, and a quarantine plan
Language:
English * French
Coverage Area:
Canada

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