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Covid-19 FAQs

If you have questions, we have answers.

Travelling in the time of COVID-19 doesn't have to be stressful. See below for a regularly updated list of FAQs when it comes to leaving the UK, what to expect when entering Canada and the United States, returning home, and everything in between. If you want to connect with a travel specialist about your own holiday, contact us here.

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Leaving the UK

Is the Canadian border open?

  • Yes, the Canadian border opened to international travellers for the purpose of travel on 7 September 2021.


Is it safe to travel to Canada?

  • Yes, it is safe to travel to Canada. During the time of COVID-19, travel to all countries comes with risks. The UK government has not made an official statement against travel to Canada due to COVID-19.


Is the US border open?

  • Yes, the United States border opened to international travellers for the purpose of travel on 8 November 2021.


Is it safe to travel to the United States?

  • Yes, it is safe to travel to the United States. In the time of COVID-19, travel to all countries comes with risks. The UK government has not made an official statement against travel to the United States due to COVID-19.

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Your vaccination status

Can I leave the UK if I’m not vaccinated?

  • If you wish to travel to Canada or the United States for the purposes of tourism, you must be fully vaccinated when you leave the UK.

  • If you are a citizen, dual citizen, or permanent resident of Canada or the United States, you can enter the respective country without being fully vaccinated. However, you will need to quarantine for 14 days.


What does fully vaccinated mean?

  • In Canada and the United States, you are considered fully vaccinated:
    • 14 days after your dose of an approved single-dose vaccine

    • 14 days after your second dose of an approved two-dose vaccine

    • 14 days after your second dose of a combination of approved two-dose vaccines

  • You are considered fully vaccinated on the 14th day after the vaccination series was completed. For example, if your last dose was any time on 1 February, then 15 February would be the first day that you meet the 14-day requirement.


How do I get my NHS Covid Pass?

  • You can get an NHS COVID Pass digitally through the NHS App or online via NHS.UK.

  • Or, as a letter sent to you in the post, for those who are not digitally enabled.

If you wish to travel to Canada or the US for the purposes of tourism, you must be fully vaccinated when you leave the UK

Insurance and flights

Can I get travel insurance that covers COVID-19?

  • Be sure to check with your travel insurance provider to determine what they cover regarding COVID-19. Many providers do protect you if you become infected with the virus before or during your holiday.

  • If you would like assistance with this, please ask your travel specialist at Little America when planning your holiday.


What happens if I test positive in my pre-flight COVID-19 test?

  • If you or someone in your immediate travelling party test positive for COVID-19, you won’t be able to board your flight.

  • If you test positive in your pre-flight test, don’t go to the airport. Isolate immediately and contact the local health authority for advice on what to do.

  • When it comes to rebooking or cancelling your flight/holiday, contact us at Little America. Depending on your travel insurance, the costs for this change/cancellation should be covered.


Do my children have to wear a mask on the plane?

  • In Canada, children aged 6 years or younger at the time of boarding do not need to wear a mask.

  • In the United States, it depends on your airline. US airlines do not require masks. Other airlines may require children aged 3 years or older at the time of boarding to wear a mask.

Entering Canada

What documents do I need to enter Canada?

  • Your travel documents (ie. your passport)

  • Your ETA

  • Your vaccination certificate

  • Your ArriveCAN receipt with the letter I, V or A next to the vaccinated traveller's name

  • Your quarantine plan


Can I travel to Canada if I am not vaccinated?

  • No, you cannot travel to Canada if you are not vaccinated, unless you are a citizen, dual citizen, or permanent resident.


Do I need to get a COVID-19 test to enter Canada?

  • As of April 1, vaccinated travellers do not need a negative COVID-19 test to enter Canada

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Entering the United States

What documents do I need to enter the United States?

  • Your travel documents (ie. your passport)

  • Your ESTA

  • Your COVID-19 negative test result

  • Your vaccination certificate


Can I travel to the United States if I am not vaccinated?

  • No, you cannot travel to the United States if you are not vaccinated, unless you are a citizen, dual citizen, or permanent resident.


Do I need to get a COVID-19 test to enter the United States?

  • All those entering the United States must present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within one day of departure. Both molecular tests and rapid antigen tests are accepted as proof on paper or digitally.

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Travelling with children

I’m travelling with my children to Canada. Do they need to be vaccinated?

  • Children under the age of 12 do not need to be fully vaccinated to enter Canada.

  • Children aged 12-17 who are not fully vaccinated may enter Canada, but must follow all testing requirements and quarantine for 14 days, even when they are accompanied by parents or guardians who qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller.


I’m travelling with my children to Canada. Do they need to be tested?

  • Children under the age of five do not need to be tested at any point.

  • Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated children under 12 must complete pre-entry, arrival and Day-8 tests, unless the child is under 5 years of age or you have evidence that the child had a positive COVID-19 test taken at least 10 calendar days and no more than 180 calendar days before entering Canada.

  • Unvaccinated children aged 12-17 must follow all testing requirements and quarantine for 14 days.

  • As of April 1, vaccinated travellers do not need a negative COVID-19 test to enter Canada


I’m travelling with my children to the US. Do they need to be vaccinated?

  • Children under the age of 18 are not required to provide proof of vaccination to enter the United States.


I’m travelling with my children to the US. Do they need to be tested?

  • From the age of two years, children must provide a negative COVID-19 test, which must not be older than one day at the start of the journey. Both molecular and rapid antigen tests are accepted.

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Recovered individuals

I have recently recovered from COVID-19. How can I enter Canada in this case?

  • If you have recently recovered from COVID-19, you must still be fully vaccinated to enter Canada.

  • In this case, you must provide a positive COVID-19 molecular test result, conducted at least 10 calendar days and no more than 180 calendar days before entering Canada. For example, if your positive COVID-19 molecular test was taken on January 1, the earliest scheduled departure date of your flight to Canada would be January 11. You will be exempt from random testing at the airport if you travel this way.


I have recently recovered from COVID-19. How can I enter the United States in this case?

  • If you have recently recovered from COVID-19, you must still be fully vaccinated to enter the United States

  • In this case, you must provide the following evidence:
    • Your positive COVID-19 test at that time (which must not be older than 90 days)

    • A medical certificate of full recovery. This certificate must identify you personally (e.g. name and date of birth) and match the details in your passport or other travel documents. The letter must be signed and dated on official letterhead and include the name, address, and phone number of the healthcare provider or public health official who signed the letter.

Quarantine and tests upon arrival

Will I be tested upon arrival in Canada?

  • There is a chance that you will be tested upon arrival in Canada. Fully vaccinated individuals are not exempt from this requirement.
  • This will be a rapid antigen test which you will take at the airport.
  • You will pay no fee for the test you take upon entry.


Will I have to quarantine when I arrive in Canada?

  • You will need to quarantine in Canada upon arrival if:
    • You are not fully vaccinated (in this case, you will only be admitted into Canada if you are a citizen, dual citizen, or permanent resident). This quarantine period is 14 days.

    • You were selected to be tested upon arrival, you must quarantine while you wait for your test results (1-3 days).

    • Your test upon arrival is positive. This quarantine period is 14 days.


Will I be tested upon arrival in the United States?

  • There is no obligation to test upon arrival in the United States. It is only recommended to retest after 3-5 days.


Will I have to quarantine when I arrive in the United States?

  • You will need to quarantine in the United States upon arrival if you are not fully vaccinated (in this case, you will only be admitted into the United States if you are a citizen, dual citizen, or permanent resident).


What if I test positive or get sick while on my holiday?

  • If you test positive or get sick while on your holiday, isolate immediately and contact the local health authority for advice on what to do.

  • If you need immediate medical assistance, call 911.

  • When it comes to rebooking, changing, or cancelling your holiday, contact us at Little America. Depending on your travel insurance, the costs for this change should be covered.

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During your holiday in Canada

What current rules and regulations exist in Canada?

  • Rules and regulations differ based on province in Canada. Make sure to look into the regulations that will apply to your trip. Your travel specialist can help you with this.

  • At this time, all international travellers entering Canada must:

    • Wear a mask at all times when in public spaces

    • Maintain a list of all close contacts for your first 14 days in Canada

    • Monitor yourself for signs and symptoms of COVID-19

Where do I have to wear a mask in Canada?

  • Mask regulations vary based on province, but in general you have to wear your mask indoors in all public places. In restaurants, you must wear your mask when you enter and leave, but can take your mask off while sitting at your table.

  • As an international traveller, you have to wear a mask in all public spaces for 14 days, regardless of the rules for the general public


Can I travel to different provinces during my time in Canada?

  • Yes, you are able to travel to different provinces when in Canada.

  • Note that if you travel via train, you will need to show proof of vaccination.

  • If you fly between provinces, the same rules apply as when entering the country.

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During your holiday in the United States

What current rules and regulations exist in the United States?

  • Rules and regulations differ based on state in the US. Make sure to look into the regulations that will apply to your trip. Your travel specialist can help you with this.


Where do I have to wear a mask in the United States?

  • Mask regulations vary based on state, but in general you have to wear your mask indoors in all public places. In restaurants, you must wear your mask when you enter and leave, but can take your mask off while sitting at your table.


Can I travel to different states during my time in the United States?

  • Yes, you are able to travel to different states when in the US.

  • Note that if you travel via train, you will need to show proof of vaccination.

  • If you fly between states, the same rules apply as when entering the country.

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Returning to the UK

Do I need to get a COVID-19 test before I travel back to the UK?

  • No


Will I have to quarantine when I return to the UK?

  • If you qualify as fully vaccinated for travel to the UK, you will not need to quarantine when you arrive.


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