Your border experience during travel
Our team is in Canada right now and have shared first-hand knowledge of the border experience they faced on their journey. Here is what they have to say.
European border check-in
When you arrive for your departure flight, check-in must be done at the desk and not online. It is important to ensure you arrive with plenty of time in case the line is long. Make sure you have all the necessary documents with you!
- PCR-test showing negative results not older than 72 hours from time of flight
- Proof of vaccination
- ArriveCan app downloaded and filled out on your phone
- ETA confirmation
For the ArriveCan app, it is very important to fill in your information in the latest version of the app. Canada seems to be updating this quite regularly. It is recommended to do it a day prior to departure.
If you have downloaded the ArriveCan app, you need to make sure to upload two separate proofs of vaccination - one for the first and one for the second vaccination - but you can upload the same document twice.
Some time after uploading, you should have the "I" noted in your app for immunised which makes the border procedure smoother. If the app still shows a "V" for vaccinated after a day, the document did not get through properly and you should upload your proof of vaccination again.
European border second check
There may be a second screening after you pass through security, although not everyone experiences this. You may be sent to a gate set up for a screening. Here they will check the following documents (again):
- ArriveCan app
- Proof of Vaccination
The Canadian border
As is normal procedure when you arrive in an international country, you have to fill out a customs declaration. In Canada, this can be done on machines in the terminal. Fill in your arrival information and respond to questions such as:
- Are you importing dangerous goods?
- Do you have a place to stay?
- What is your purpose of travel
- Have you been to a farm recently?
The machine will print your form that is then manually checked by a border guard. The border guard will also check your passport, and may ask some basic questions.
Our team was not asked to do random testing, but this is possible.
All in all, the procedures are quite easy and user-friendly, but it is very important to be prepared.